There are also three accompanying Interviews – each unfortunately lasting only about 3 minutes. Casey Affleck talks about working with Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson and Director Michael Winterbottom, his character’s initial motivations, and doing the extremely violent scenes; Jessica Alba reflects on Jim Thompson’s characters, the dark love story, and women in the 50s; and Kate Hudson discussing reading the influential novel, taking the role, the character she played and working with the Director. I can’t honestly see how they could have gotten any more information into such short snippets, but it’s still far too brief and just leaves you wanting more. Still, as with the Behind the Scenes Featurette, this is pure raw footage here – with no promo sequences to pad things out – which is certainly to be commended.
Honestly, if you can stomach the (in my opinion, unnecessary) brutality of this movie then you will find it to be quite an interesting, well-paced, serial killer slow-burner. Jessica Alba surprises in one of her first mature roles, and Casey Affleck is compelling as the central character that drives the whole thing, in a film that occasionally feels like his earlier The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford drama, only in a ‘50s Texas setting. Still, the beating sequence in this movie will largely be the determining factor as to whether you like it, loathe it, or appreciate but just can’t stomach it – as with Irreversible and Nil By Mouth. Personally, whilst I ‘appreciate’ the two mentioned movies as quality dramas, the violence in this movie was just too much, and the reward for watching the film was just not enough. It’s intriguing, at times quite original, but it still leaves a very unwelcome taste in your mouth.
On Region B-locked UK Blu-ray The Killer Inside Me looks reasonably good and has quite a nice aural accompaniment, and whilst the extras are a bit thin on the ground, what we do get is extremely lean and packed with raw information/footage. Fans will want to pick up this release, but those who are curious about it should seriously consider all my warnings. For all the curiosity I had about seeing what all the fuss was about, it really wasn’t worth the fact that I can’t undo what I have now seen. At times unrelentingly brutal feels like a quality project that has just gone that little bit too far. Like twenty-punches-to-the-face too far. Caution ahead.
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