Black comedy and its most pitch black, Killer Joe probably has the most entertainingly devious characters that you’ll enjoy watching. Set in a run-down trailer park, Emile Hirsch plays Chris, an unlucky schmuck who hires a hitman, “Killer” Joe Cooper, played by Matthew McConaughey, to kill his mother so that he can collect on her life insurance. However, as he can’t afford to pay Joe for his service, Joe requests Chris’ sister Dottie, played by Juno Temple, as a retainer. What follows are some of the most hilariously strange and disturbing scenes you will ever find from some of the dumbest characters you’ve ever met. As an ensemble, the film features a cavalcade of remarkably unlikable characters, including an enjoyably dumb Thomas Haden Church, and frustrated but still funny Gina Gershon. But McConaughey is a sheer force of nature in this film, as he emits a terrifying aura wherever he walks. McConaughey excellently steers the story in unexpected and uncomfortable directions, keeping you guessing on what could happen next. This twisted southern gothic tale is not for the faint of heart.
Killer Joe is available on Hulu.