The Killer Inside Me (1976 film)

The Killer Inside Me

DVD cover
Directed by Burt Kennedy
Produced by Michael W. Leighton
Written by Jim Thompson (Novel)
Edward Mann
Robert Chamblee
Starring Stacy Keach
Susan Tyrrell
Tisha Sterling
Music by Tim McIntire
John Rubinstein
Cinematography William A. Fraker
Edited by Danford B. Greene
Aaron Stell
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
October 1976
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Killer Inside Me is a 1976 American crime drama film directed by Burt Kennedy and based on Jim Thompson's novel of the same name.[1] In this adaption, the action was shifted from the west Texas oilfields to a Montana mining town, and several other changes made. It stars Stacy Keach, Susan Tyrrell, and Tisha Sterling.

A remake of The Killer Inside Me was released in 2010, directed by Michael Winterbottom.


Usually a law officer is a figure of trust in a small community. Unfortunately for the residents of a small Montana town, Lou Ford is an exception. Behind his easygoing, likeable shell is an intensely violent core resulting from an abusive childhood. In a diner one day Lou sees his dead father and hears voices, the first hint that he may have mental problems. When Lou gets involved with a local prostitute's blackmail schemes, the carefully crafted facade he maintains begins to unravel into a vicious killing spree that leads to a thought-provoking and disturbing conclusion.


Critical reception

The New York Times said: "[The Killer Inside Me] is a mess, a movie that can't decide whether it wants to be a noirish mystery, a horror flick or a psychological thriller. "[2]

See also


  1. "The Killer Inside Me (1976) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  2. McGrath, Charles (June 3, 2010). "Filmed to a Pulp". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
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