Kill List (image 1)

It’s directed with the sure hand of a man who knows precisely which corners of darkness he wants to take his audience.

William Goss, Cinematical

Screened as part of NZIFF 2011

Kill List 2011

Directed by Ben Wheatley

Get Carter meets The Wicker Man. “A brilliantly constructed horror-drama that is put together in such a way that its grim twists surprise and engage.” — Screendaily

UK In English
90 minutes

Director

Producers

Claire Jones
,
Andy Starke

Screenplay

Amy Jump
,
Ben Wheatley

Photography

Laurie Rose

Editors

Robin Hill
,
Ben Wheatley
,
Amy Jump

Production designer

David Butterworth

Art director

Julie Ann Horan

Costume designer

Lance Milligan

Music

Jim Williams

With

Neil Maskell (Jay)
,
Michael Smiley (Gal)
,
MyAnna Buring (Shel)
,
Emma Fryer (Fiona)

Festivals

SXSW 2011

Elsewhere

Ben Wheatley’s quasi-vérité UK horror-thriller starts off in Mike Leigh territory, with a cringe-inducing dinner party, before spiralling into a world of paranoid pagan terrors. Unemployed ex-soldier Jay and his Swedish wife Shel are on shaky ground with money woes and a marriage that’s unravelling. When Jay’s cheerful war buddy Gal and his new girlfriend Emma turn up, the wine-fuelled celebration turns downright nasty as Jay’s ever-simmering temper erupts. Later on, Gal lures Jay back into their murky past life with promises of a big payout for a few dodgy missions. On one of these missions Jay discovers something so depraved he switches from work-for-hire guy to vicious moral avenger. The film delicately shifts in tone from a kitchen sink melodrama to a funny buddy movie, to an edge-of-your-seat horror film in its final reel. A masterful assured second feature from one of the most exciting new genre directors working today. — AT