In the era of torture porn and all things paranormal here is a genre entry that doesn't rely on cheap ‘boo!’ tactics or clichéd, stock characters but creates a foreboding atmospheric tension whilst grounding the narrative very much in the ‘real world’. Perfectly cast, Wheatley directs with such control, never revealing too much and thus gets away with the metaphysical, unexplained twist in last twenty minutes.
as an asymmetrical, head-scratchin' entry into the horror genre, i suppose this works well enough. the first hour's mike-leigh-style red herring is effectively out of sync with its eventual destination - a trick, in the end, but a decent one. beyond that, i'm not sure this has anything particularly interesting to say about human brutality or whatever. and i'm kinda tired of the faux "wicker man" mystical shit lately.
It's been a long time since I've seen a film that is paradoxically histrionic & incredibly boring. HEY WHEATLEY: SHOUTING AS LOUD AS YOU CAN, DOES NOT = GOOD OR EVEN BELIEVABLE ACTING, AS YOU CAN TELL BY THIS RUN ON SENTENCE. Don't understand why people give this guy props, his writing is terrible, directing is serviceable at best, he made the two worst series' of Ideal.
Not a horror film in the basic sense; "Kill List" ignores the supernatural and instead finds the terror that lingers in the mind and heart of a guilty, violent man. This is very much a crime drama, but one that allows us to fully experience the shock of the bloodshed, the relentlessness of the paranoia and distrust, and most importantly, the panic of dark deeds catching up with the protagonist, manifested here in the cruelest (and most laughable) irony imaginable.
Had this movie had some semblance of a point I might have been able to forgive it for ripping off about a dozen or so other films. Too bad.
It's a cliche to say it but this really is a horror movie that creeps up on you. It breathes softly on the back of your neck for most of the film before suddenly throttling you in the final act. It's a story about hit-men but they aren't glamorized like in every other hit-man movie. The violence is disturbing and pulls no punches.
Dreadful. Someone had the brilliant idea to set a mumblecore horror movie in Sheffield - so not only does everyone speak with an accent, but the dialogue is so poorly mic'd that I had to turn on the subtitles just to follow it. We witness the life of a pasty, middle-aged hitman, writ in details both gruesome and mundane, until the filmmakers decide to plagiarize "The Wicker Man" for a truly head-scratching finale.
Rough, pagan shit! Definitely a right successor to "The Wicker Man". A mysterious ending adds to it!
I don't get the hype, I just don't. This is an awful film on so many levels, maybe I just don't see it :( Don't get me wrong, there's the odd moment that was good, made me laugh or squirm, but as a film... Just didn't cut it for me. One example to end them all, the cutting was awful... what were those horrific jump cuts in some of the scenes, covering mistakes I suspect, or if not, a really bad effort to unsettle.
His face at the end sums it up......'tf?' .....The tension existed until that stupid pagan/occult/whatever bit began.
For what it's worth, I didn't feel that knowing the outcome of the movie well before it arrived detracted much from the tension and dread that the film managed. (Did guessing the identity of The Hunchback make the outcome of the fight any less bleak?) ... Will it age well? I have no idea, but I'd put it in the category of "genre films that succeeded in being more than a fair sight better than I expected them to be."
a total mindfu**k. loved it. brilliant tension-building. a highly successful exercise in genre-mixing. the choppy editing is masterful, IMO, because it contributed immensely to the jarring discomfort of the whole film. excellent work. I'll definitely be looking out for anything Ben Wheatley does again.
WOW!! Wheatley has crafted a tense, disturbing and ultra-violent character study that begins in fairly normal suburbia and slowly descends into the pits of hell much like the recent Red Riding trilogy. An outstanding achievement for such a small budget and my only gripe would be the nonsensical 'clincher' with a strong similarity to A Serbian Film. 4 stars