Hardcore horror fans will get a big kick from British director Ben Wheatley’s Kill List, but less committed viewers will probably be turned off by the genre-blurring plot and gruesome violence.
The film starts off in the realm of soapy domestic drama with troubled Iraq War veteran Jay (Neil Maskell) and his Swedish wife Shel (MyAnna Buring) vehemently rowing about money and work within earshot of their seven-year-old son.
The story then shifts gear abruptly as Jay and old army buddy Gal (Michael Smiley) resume their grim occupation as contract killers, touring bland chain hotels as they carry out a series of hits for an enigmatic client. The assignment becomes increasingly bizarre, signalling a further tonal shift as the film ventures into even more disturbing territory.
To say where the film ends up would be too much of a spoiler, yet the unsettling hints of a chilling bigger picture that are threaded through the narrative will leave the viewer as much on edge as the hapless Jay and Gal.
On general release from 2nd September.