The Killer Inside Me
Director: Michael Winterbottom
With: Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Elias Koteas, Simon Baker, Ned Beatty
From Jim Thompson’s horrifying 1952 novel, which should be read.
Lou Ford (Affleck) is a deputy sheriff in Central City, Texas. Sexually abused and warped as a child, his evil impulses are just below the surface, and they emerge as he enters a brutal sado-masochistic relationship with a prostitute, Joyce (Alba). He was supposed to run her out of town, but instead he teams up with her to blackmail the local town rich guy (Beatty), whose son was involved with Joyce.