6.4/10
34,357
254 user 269 critic

Kill List (2011)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 2 September 2011 (UK)
Trailer
1:47 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Ben Wheatley
3 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Sightseers (2012)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn.

Director: Ben Wheatley
Stars: Alice Lowe, Kenneth Hadley, Steve Oram
Drama | History | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Amid the Civil War in 17th-century England, a group of deserters flee from battle through an overgrown field. Captured by an alchemist, the men are forced to help him search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field.

Director: Ben Wheatley
Stars: Julian Barratt, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover
Down Terrace (2009)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A crime family looks to unmask the police informant in their midst who threatens to take down their business.

Director: Ben Wheatley
Stars: Robin Hill, Robert Hill, Julia Deakin
Free Fire (2016)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shoot-out and a game of survival.

Director: Ben Wheatley
Stars: Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer
High-Rise (2015)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control.

Director: Ben Wheatley
Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 1983, financially struggling college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret, putting her life in mortal danger.

Director: Ti West
Stars: Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art.

Director: Peter Strickland
Stars: Toby Jones, Antonio Mancino, Guido Adorni
The Descent (2005)
Adventure | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

Director: Neil Marshall
Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid
A Dark Song (2016)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A determined young woman and a damaged occultist risk their lives and souls to perform a dangerous ritual that will grant them what they want.

Director: Liam Gavin
Stars: Steve Oram, Catherine Walker, Susan Loughnane
High Tension (2003)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.

Director: Alexandre Aja
Stars: Cécile de France, Maïwenn, Philippe Nahon
Starry Eyes (2014)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A hopeful young starlet uncovers the ominous origins of the Hollywood elite and enters into a deadly agreement in exchange for fame and fortune.

Directors: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer
Stars: Alex Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan
Resolution III (2012)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A man imprisons his estranged junkie friend in an isolated cabin in the boonies of San Diego to force him through a week of sobriety, but the events of that week are being mysteriously manipulated.

Directors: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead
Stars: Peter Cilella, Vinny Curran, Emily Montague
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Maskell ... Jay
MyAnna Buring ... Shel
Harry Simpson ... Sam
Michael Smiley ... Gal
Emma Fryer ... Fiona
Struan Rodger ... The Client
Esme Folley Esme Folley ... Hotel Receptionist
Ben Crompton ... Justin
Gemma Lise Thornton Gemma Lise Thornton ... Kiera
Robin Hill ... Stuart
Zoe Thomas Zoe Thomas ... Hotel Waitress
Gareth Tunley ... The Priest
Jamelle Ola Jamelle Ola ... Hotel Receptionist 2
Mark Kempner Mark Kempner ... The Librarian
Damien Thomas Damien Thomas ... The Doctor
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Swedish

Release Date:

2 September 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Kill List See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

GBP500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,838, 5 February 2012

Gross USA:

$29,063

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$450,275
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warp X, Rook Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was written for the lead actors and the filmmakers had no other choices than them. See more »

Goofs

In the hotel lobby, Jay uses a chip and pin payment for their room. It is obvious that the Visa card being used is put in the wrong way round. The chip is directly below the Visa logo in the top left hand corner of the card which can easily be seen whilst in the card reader. See more »

Quotes

Gal: I fucking hate dirty soap.
See more »

Connections

References Beadle's About (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

It Could Have Been Better
Written by Joan Armatrading and Pam Nestor
Published by Onward Music Ltd./Bucks Music Group Ltd.
Courtesy of Tuesday Productions Ltd./Onward Music Ltd.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Our favourite movie of Toronto International Film Festival's Midnight Madness Series
19 September 2011 | by thesubstreamSee all my reviews

Lodging itself eventually in the creepy-people-doing-creepy-things tradition of religious/occult horror films like The Wicker Man and Rosemary's Baby, director Ben Wheatley's hit-man horror flick Kill List comes on, initially, like a bad-boy bit of British Social realism.

It's rough around the edges, shaggy and idiosyncratically edited, with dialogue so unpolished and authentic-seeming that it's occasionally hard to decipher. It's filled with a handful of legitimately great performances by actors allowed to work improvisationally, seemingly, lending the first half of the film an incredibly charming unpredictability, a low-key volatility that had me bouncing back and forth between moments of disturbing darkness and happy familial pleasantries. Then it gets really crazy.

Jay and Gal are ex-army, estranged friends and partners in crime. Eight months after a disastrous (and mysterious) gig in Kiev, Jay's home life is disintegrating, and after a raucous dinner party with his ex-partner and his creepy new girlfriend he agrees to get back in the saddle and take a job. They're given a list - three targets - and soon they're settling back into a charmingly macabre groove, carousing "salesmen" on the road from town to town and target to target. But after an inadvertent discovery during a routine bit of hit-man work derails their plans, the pair realize they may be part of something much bigger - and much darker - than a back-room murder-for-hire.

Kill List a stunning piece of very smart genre filmmaking. Wheatley not-so-gently inserts chunks of spooky, disturbing horror into what's already a charmingly dark kitchen sink drama. It's this transition - that either a social realist framework can be twisted into a framework supporting high horror or that a horror film can work filled with improvisational dialogue and broody bits of working-class British anxiety - that makes the film such an immense, jarring pleasure.

Will it work for horror fans used to slick, post-'80s supernatural spookery? Will Ken Loach fans do with a little blood and forest horror? Who knows. For fans of both, it's a stunning - literally - hybrid, something completely unexpected, a real discovery. Kill List is a brilliant idea, brilliantly well executed.


105 of 174 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 254 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed