William Friedkin (2006)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Despite misleading genre trappings and nasty gore, Exorcist director William Friedkin's film is not a horror piece but an overwrought psychological drama. Adapted by Tracy Letts from his off-Broadway play, it stars Ashley Judd (whose fearless performance is wasted here) as a trailer-trash waitress who is in hiding from her abusive jailbird ex-husband (Harry Connick Jr). Shacked up with her in a tacky motel room is traumatised soldier Michael Shannon (reprising his acclaimed stage role), and the pair feed off each other's paranoid delusions. He starts seeing bugs everywhere, she wraps everything in tin foil and together they discuss aliens, conspiracy theories and secret government experiments. Each becomes more hysterical as manic fantasy takes over from fact, with Friedkin pushing the ludicrous third act into dead-end grotesque camp. It's an alienating and exhausting rant that never escapes its offputting theatrical origins.


A woman moves into a roadside motel in the hope of avoiding her violent ex-husband, who has just been released from prison. She forms a relationship with a troubled war veteran, but discovers he is suffering from terrifying delusions that make him a danger to both himself and her. Psychological thriller, starring Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon and Harry Connick Jr.

Cast & Crew

Agnes White Ashley Judd
Peter Evans Michael Shannon
Jerry Goss Harry Connick Jr
RC Lynn Collins
Dr Sweet Brian F O'Byrne
Man in grocery store Neil Bergeron
Pizza Harris Bob Neill
Director William Friedkin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: Violence. Available on: DVDReleased on: 9 Nov 2007