William Friedkin's KILLER JOE

"This is nothing like any of those," he told Moviefone. "This is very edgy. It is on the razor's edge. It's been called very violent. I don't think it is very violent, but it's very sexually explicit. It is about a very disturbing group of characters."

"To me, it's like a warped version of 'Cinderella,'" he continued, "in that there is this 20-year-old girl whose mother and sisters brutalized her, and she could find no love except from the prince. In this case, this girl's father and brother are pimping her out and her birth mother tried to kill her when she was a baby, and she remembers it. She finds her prince, who happens to be a hired killer and is twice her age. He's a cop and a killer. The situation is really edgy, but the metaphor to me is a contemporary, twisted version of Cinderella."


But the director does not look back at any of his work with regret over its content. "I would only hope that I had done them better," he stressed. "My only feelings about the films that I've made, the only misgivings, are that I wish I could've made them better, all of them."

Does he worry that 'Killer Joe' might be viewed as being transgressive in the way some of his past works have been? "Who cares?" he replied. "I never think about that. I didn't think about it then. I never set out to push anybody's buttons. I only made the films for the most part -- except for the first couple and maybe one or so later in my career -- that I wanted to see. Occasionally what happened is that the public wanted to see them, too. They were in the zeitgeist. I never set out knowing I could do that or that I would fail in doing that."