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Chilling domestic trailer for THE KILLER INSIDE ME hits

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
May 25th, 2010

Most of the time, trailers serve as a bellwether test which can tell you whether or not you'll enjoy the respective movie. They establish a general sense of character, plot, and tone, all within a short two minutes. The vast majority of trailers fail pretty miserably at establishing all three of these aspects, and instead only adequately explain two, or even one, of the three. Well, I just saw a trailer that not only sets up these three elements but also blows them all to kingdom come.

Check out the domestic trailer for Michael Winterbottom's THE KILLER INSIDE ME, after the jump.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUI-_tm-3Zc&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

I hope that you saw our post a few weeks back about the international trailer, which does a remarkable job at setting the tone of the film. However, this second trailer reveals a great deal more to us. The stage is set and we're aware of the characters, their actions, and the stakes at risk.

Casey Affleck plays a small town sheriff, Lou Ford, who spends his nights acting on his homicidal nature. He's got a wife, Kate Hudson, and one heck of a mistress played by Jessica Alba. The film sounds reminiscent of AMERICAN PSYCHO, sans 1980s Christian Bale of course.

The film is adapted from a pulp novel by Jim Thompson, whose work has previously been adapted to an earlier film version of THE KILLER INSIDE ME and THE GETAWAY. The movie has drawn a great deal of controversy, which began at the Sundance premiere of the film where people walked out of the theater due to the amount of violence present. Audience members railed against Winterbottom's choice to include such a portrayal of graphic violence, as they believed it to be targeted specifically toward women.

Whether or not the film crosses the line into torture porn or not will remain to be seen. Just from the look of the film, I'd wager that it only pursues such violence with the end of an artistic examination in mind. However, I'll have to reserve my judgement until I see the movie.

THE KILLER INSIDE ME is set to creep into theaters on June 18th.

Source: /Film

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