— Kill List: Mondo

Of all the films I saw last year, the one that I couldn’t stop talking was the little known British thriller Kill List. I’d already seen Ben Wheatley’s previous film, Down Terrace—a film rightly summarized as Mike-Leigh-meets-The-Sopranos—and liked it a lot, so I was expecting his unique blend of kitchen sink dialogue-driven comedy and genre shenanigans. But that didn’t prepare me for Kill List. Do yourself a favor and don’t read anything more about this film and just see it.

 

IFC’s official poster for the film (shown after the click), is an ok piece, suggestive of dread and mystery, but it wasn’t until I caught sight of Mondo’s Limited Edition – 100 copies only available for sale –  alternative poster for the film this week that I felt I ought to draw one’s attention to it.

 

I’m a great admirer of Mondo’s posters and whereas many his posters have a strong comic book feel to them, this one reminds me more of great Polish movie posters of the 60s and 70s: it is simple, strange, allusive and oblique, a poster that grabs you instantly and then makes you look again because you’re not even sure what it is you’re looking at.

 

The film was released on DVD in the UK just a couple of weeks ago.

 

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