The Killer Inside Me (1976 film)


The Killer Inside Me is a 1976 American neo-noir[1] crime drama film directed by Burt Kennedy and based on Jim Thompson's novel of the same name.[2] 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.

The Killer Inside Me
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Directed byBurt Kennedy
Written byEdward Mann
Robert Chamblee
Based onThe Killer Inside Me
by Jim Thompson
Produced byMichael W. Leighton
StarringStacy Keach
Susan Tyrrell
Tisha Sterling
CinematographyWilliam A. Fraker
Edited byDanford B. Greene
Aaron Stell
Music byTim McIntire
John Rubinstein
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
October 1976
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States

A 2010 remake was directed by Michael Winterbottom.


Beneath his likable exterior, Lou Ford, the sheriff of a small Texas town, is a sadistic sociopath with violent sexual tastes. When Lou gets involved with a local prostitute's blackmail schemes, the carefully crafted facade he maintains begins to unravel into a killing spree.



Michael Winterbottom directed a 2010 remake of the film starring Casey Affleck as Lou Ford, Jessica Alba as Joyce Lakeland, and Kate Hudson as Amy Stanton. The 2010 version contains more details about the history of Ford and his brother as well as a somewhat different ending.


  1. ^ Silver, Alain; Ward, Elizabeth; eds. (1992). Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style (3rd ed.). Woodstock, New York: The Overlook Press. ISBN 0-87951-479-5
  2. ^ "The Killer Inside Me (1976) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 2014-05-14.

External linksEdit

  • The Killer Inside Me at IMDb
  • The Killer Inside Me at AllMovie