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Killer Joe's appeal has been denied and is still rated NC-17

03.15.2012

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We recently posted an exclusive clip from what is assured to me to be a very f***ed up piece of filmmaking entitled KILLER JOE, and in that same article mentioned how the film was rated NC-17 for "graphic aberrant content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality." 

President of LD Entertainment David Dinerstein and Tracy Letts (the playwright and screenwriter) recently gave statements to the Appeals Board, but their efforts were in vain as the strict rating has been upheld.  Though NC-17 doesn't have to be damning (SHAME seemed to do just fine, and indeed embraced its rating), word is that they will still appeal again.

A plot recap: When 22 year old drug dealer Chris has his stash stolen by his mother, he has to come up with six thousand dollars quick or he's dead. Desperate, he turns to a man named "Killer Joe" when he finds out that his mother's life insurance policy is worth $50,000. Although Joe usually demands cash up front, he finds himself willing to bend the rules in exchange for Chris' attractive younger sister, Dottie who will serve as sexual collateral until the money comes in... if it ever does.

And here's Juno Temple (Dottie, the unlucky-but-attractive younger sister):

Juno Temple

Extra Tidbit: Letts wrote KILLER JOE, his first play, all the way back in 1991. It premiered in Chicago in 1993.
Source: Deadline

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