The new Casey Affleck/Jessica Alba joint, The Killer Inside Me, opens in select theatres this week. The film is based on the 1952 Jim Thompson crime novel of the same name. The book is widely considered one of the most brutal crime thrillers of its era, featuring a first-person narrative from a demented, sadomasochistic murderer.
It’s interesting to think about what Stanley Kubrick might have done with the material had he lived a bit longer. Of the book, he once said “probably the most chilling and believable first-person story of a criminally warped mind I have ever encountered.”
Here’s a taste: