The Kill-Off (1990)

Maggie Greenwald directs Loretta Gross, Andrew Lee Barrett and Jorja Fox in this Jim Thompson neo-noir adaptation about a bed ridden town gossip who sets in motion murder and betrayal with her rumour spreading.

I stumbled across this because I watched a Maggie Greenwald directed Disney film and was surprised at how indie her back catalogue was before making a tween movie with Lindsay Lohan. This is the antithesis of that. Sleazy, dark and bitter. The almost no name ensemble convince as losers and boozers caught in their own little prisons of guilt and shame. That misanthropic Thompson milieu actually lends itself better to the imperfect compromises of low budget film making. Not earth changing but apt and well made.


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