Still great...just not quite as great as the "other" one...
Fortunately not the retread
promised by the medicocre marketing campaign but very much the middle part of a trilogy focused on the nature of creation. A brilliant middle section anchored around the incredible performance of Fassbinder feels like Scott revisiting the concerns of Blade Runner through the prism of a Universal horror movie - mad scientist, labs and all. The alien stuff either side is effective but cant help but have the air of familiarity - a shame when at the heart Scott has a much more terrifying and engaging villain.
From its opening beaver shot to the breathtakingly unpleasant climax that caused 25% of the audience i saw it with to walk out, Killer Joe is a sweaty piece of gutter-sleaze shot through with humour so black you'll struggle to find it amongst the sexual horror on-screen. William Friedkin, I salute you.
Triumphant return to the big-screen for one of genre filmmaking's contemporary masters. Creepy scares that work for both kids and adults, brilliant use of 3D (if you have a 3D enabled TV this is one of the few must-buys), and great cameo from the mighty Bruce Dern. The fact that it still remains unreleased in North America is exceptionally depressing and a perfect example of the shortsightedness of the industry when it comes to interesting, non-franchised, genre film-making.