“Strokin’!” You’ll never look at KFC chicken the same after this. Killer Joe is a sleazy bit of pulp cinema that maintains its relevance with a transgressive, noirish, darkly funny plot led by a searing performance from national treasure Matthew McConaughey. Idiot good ol’ boy Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) is in over his head, owing serious cash to local loan sharks “intent” on getting paid. Coming up with a scheme involving his father and stepmother (Thomas Haden Church and Gina Gershon) to kill his mother for her insurance money, Chris enlists sociopathic Dallas detective Joe (McConaughey) to make it look like an accident. Joe refuses at first due to the group’s seeming incompetence, but reconsiders after becoming smitten with Chris’ mentally unstable sister Dottie (Juno Temple). So begins a sordid affair that’ll give new meaning to the term family values. This is also a rare chance to see and ask iconic director William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist) any questions after the screening.
7pm // Harvard Film Archive // $9 Regular Admission/$7 Student, Seniors