The Killer Inside Me Causes a Ruckus in Berlin

There’s a sometimes thin line between hyperbole and fact. During the European Film Market event in Berlin, Michael Winterbottom’s The Killer Inside Me was apparently so violent that dozens of people walked out of the press screening in disgust. Okay. Sign us up!

Winterbottom recently spoke out on the matter as per The Hollywood Reporter:

“A lot of noir books and films show violence as something which is entertaining,” Winterbottom told reporters at a press conference dominated by questions about the on-screen violence.

“What I liked about Jim Thompson’s books is that, though very much in the pulp fiction genre, he doesn’t use the violence as entertainment — there is something shocking about the violence. For me that was the point of the violence in the film in a way — it is something very repulsive. In terms of how we depicted it, we were just trying to make it as close to the book as possible. The book is very shocking.”

Winterbottom was also asked whether he thought the film could be criticized for being misogynist, with the most disturbing attacks reserved for the female leads.

“Lou Ford is a very weak person who’s messed up by his childhood, and he has all sorts of insecurities, and in the end he wants to destroy himself,” Winterbottom replied. “I think anyone watching this film saying this in some way supports or encourages violence is just watching the film in a very perverse way.”

The film stars Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba, Elias Koteas, Kate Hudson, Bill Pullman, Ned Beatty, and Simon Baker.

The book of the same name on which the film is based was published in 1952 and concerns a deputy sheriff in a West Texas town whose kind Everyman demeanor masks his true dark self. He is slowly revealed as a psychotic killer.

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