Posted on Monday, May 24th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
If you haven’t already seen the UK trailer for Michael Winterbottom‘s The Killer Inside Me, go watch that now. Then come back here. Because IFC has released a domestic trailer and poster for the film, which adapts Jim Thompson‘s daylight noir novel of the same name, but this new trailer isn’t nearly as effective as the UK version.
I’ve read the novel several times, but haven’t yet seen the film, so I can’t say if this trailer is actually a better representation than the UK one was. But as a standalone piece of work, it isn’t in the same league. Not that it is bad; just a lot more conventional. The UK trailer did a better job of getting across the weirdness of Thompson’s story, and the ways it might be deeply uncomfortable. This one is more direct, more concerned with showing off the basics of the story. Which is probably necessary, but I prefer the more oblique approach in this case.
Still, the film looks great. A couple of those evil grins Casey Affleck gives in shots here do help get the point across.
Apple has the trailer in HD, and their page for the film has a higher-res look at the poster art, as well. Here’s IFC’s official synopsis; trailer and poster follow.
Based on the classic novel by legendary pulp writer Jim Thompson, THE KILLER INSIDE ME tells the story of handsome, unassuming small town sheriff’s deputy Lou Ford (Casey Affleck). A quiet charmer of his idyllic West Texas town, Ford has a simple life and a pretty girl (Kate Hudson) to come home to. But when the job brings him face to face with a gorgeous prostitute (Jessica Alba) on the edge of town, Ford’s fragile world cracks – unbridling his own dark urges. In THE KILLER INSIDE ME’S blacker–than–noir universe, nothing is ever what it seems.