Review: The Killer Inside Me (via Harpymarx)

I haven’t seen this film but I’ve heard about it. The issues around blurring the boundaries between consent and abuse certainly need to be explored as do the issues around what makes people killers and brutal violent sadistic abusers. It doesn’t look like The Killer Inside Me is anything more than a voyeuristic window into a misogynist’s dysfunctional rage. I won’t bother watching it now myself.

I like stylish and convincing noir films, unlike film Derek Malcolm I found 'The Killer Inside Me' neither. Nor would I describe it as a 'serious film – a haiku of despair'. The film is based on Jim Thompson's pulp fiction of the same name (he too wrote 'The Grifters') and I first heard about regarding this film a couple of months ago. I decided to see it, to make up my own mind. I had read Rachel Cooke's and Natasha Walter's reviews. This could … Read More

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About Sam Feeney

I am a counsellor, trainer and LGBTQI community activist. I write about my journey through life as a someone who lives and breathes gender and sexual difference and who cares passionately about creating powerful and sustainable radical social and political change.
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One Response to Review: The Killer Inside Me (via Harpymarx)

  1. harpymarx says:

    Thanks Sam,
    The film could have been so much better, insightful and as you say issues such as the blurring between abuse and consent need to explored as well as understanding what makes people kill, what are the material conditions that create a killer, the relationship to the world around them etc. (Funny enough, I would have expected in the film to make reference to Lou’s character as someone having a powerful and dominant position in the town and how that impacts upon his interactions with other people, especially women…but Winterbottom doesn’t).
    Unfortunately it is based on sexist stereotypes of women and romanticises violence. I found that disturbing. And yes, I agree, I think it is just a window into a misogynist’s dysfunctional rage. No politics no insight. Wasted chance.

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