Kill List Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Kill List

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    R18+: High impact violence.

  • The pitch:

    Killing people may cause weirdness.

  • Starring:

    Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, Michael Smiley, Harry Simpson, Emma Fryer, Struan Rodger, Ben Crompton, Mark Kempner, Robin Hill

  • Directed by:

    Ben Wheatley

  • Running time:

    95 minutes

  • Rated:

    R (Australia), 18 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Domestic abuse (hitting, slapping). Yelling, shouting. Play-fighting with swords. War themes discussed: insurgency, bombs, blown-up Humvee. Things get smashed, knocked over, kicked; broken glass. Wrestling (play-fighting and aggressive). A man's palm is sliced with a blade. Animals are killed. Child murder. Killing/massacre discussed. Paedophilia/child abuse (suggested). Alleged wrongdoers, including a priest, are bashed, tortured, shot, murdered. Body bag stuffed into incinerator. Bodies burned (incinerator, bonfire). Agonising screams are heard on DVD playback. Torture by cigarette burns, hammer. Handguns, blades and automatic rifles are used. Family cat is murdered, hung (animal sacrifice implied). Human sacrifice (hanging). Multiple stabbings (close-up). Self-harm (blade) Slashed tyres. Blood/gore: Bloody tissue. Bloody rabbit carcass. Bloody gash across palm; bloody paper, bloody bandage, bloody water. Gunshot wounds to head, chest. Blood splatter on walls, floor, furniture, clothing, faces, heads, bodies. Murdered animals. Bruising, infected wound. Human entrails. Crowns of thorns are worn.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Sex is implied, mentioned. Sexual banter. Kissing. Pornographic magazines. Nudity: Lots of nude people showing lots of nudey bits.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A man takes pills (presumably pain-killers). Crackhead, psycho on crack (mentioned). Alcohol (wine, beer, spirits). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-words, f-words, s-words, a-words, slang for genitalia and sexual acts. Religious mocking and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Hit men, contract killing, vigilante justice, cults, rituals, human and animal sacrifice, superstition, antichrist, dysfunctional families, marriage, parenting, mateship, worship.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dark woodland setting. Confined (sewer) tunnel setting. Occult symbol. Man nicks himself shaving. Black cat, birds, dogs. Savaged rabbit carcass is found, cooked and eaten. Rabbits are hunted, gutted and skinned. Dead dog. Thunder. Vomit. Camping. Hooded figures. Howling. Full moon. London, Yorkshire accents. Brief Swedish dialogue (no subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Chilling, inexplicable, intentionally baffling, dark, twisted, deeply unsettling, convincing, discordant. Extraordinary soundtrack. Impressive, but not sure why.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Deliberate vagueness frustrating for some. Non-UK viewers may struggle with British accents. A mashed-up rip-off of other films.

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