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Rating: 6.206/10 by 744 users

Kill List (2011)

Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.

  • Ben Wheatley
  • James Sharpe
  • Amy Jump
  • Ben Wheatley
Release Date: Fri, Sep 02, 2011

Rating: 6.206/10 by 744 users

Alternative Title:
Список смертников - RU
Lista de asesinatos - AR
La Liste à Tuer - CA
Seznam smrti - CZ
Tapanimekiri - EE
Halállista - HU

United Kingdom
Runtime: 01 hour 35 minutes
Budget: $500,000
Revenue: $450,275

Plot Keyword: hotel, husband wife relationship, post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd), hitman, cult, infection, forest, priest, murderer, brutality, bonfire, ceremony, ex soldier, ritual sacrifice, contract killer, video tape, folk horror, sheffield, england
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John Chard

Sometimes God's love can be hard to swallow. A super slice of sub-urban horror crafted by Ben Wheatley, Kill List blends a number of classic British films but still remains very much its own beast. And what a beast it is. Part hit-man thriller and part Wicker Man pagan horror, plot spins hit-man for hire Jay (Neil Maskell) out of his troubled domestic funk, into a world of pain and misery. Taking on a job, he, along with his partner Gal (Michael Smiley), is given a list of names for them to track and terminate. The people and the places they confront are the darkest kind, which brings out Jay's black heart as well. All this while lurking around the edges of the frame is something mysterious, something that will bring Jay to his destiny. There is a rawness to Kill List that strikes hard, a sort of real life documentary feel that marries up with the black material to chill the bones. It's proud of its grimness, even what humour exists within just feels like damaged goods. The sound and camera work gleefully add to the unsettling atmosphere, tactics which help alleviate the feeling that we are once again watching a formulaic British thriller with ideas above its station. But then the curve ball arrives and hits you on the head, bringing dizzy spells and some delirium. Which builds to a finale that will either leave you breathless or angry, but either way Kill List will not be ignored. Impressively performed by the cast, mounted with skill by Wheatley, this is a dark hearted British treasure that hopefully in time will be afforded the praise it deserves. 8/10


A bit tough to understand on the first watch, yet gripping and a compelling portrayal of inner demons. But seriously, are the British the only film-makers who can make a decent crime/thriller film??

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