Standing in line for “68 Kill,” a gentleman in a suit hands me a custom-made pin of an arm blown off at the elbow holding a handgun. Tattooed on the bloody foreman is an expletive. OK, it’s going to be that kind of party.
“68 Kill” is nonchalant violence and homicidal horniness, a white-trash, punk-rock, blood-soaked romp.
The directorial debut from Trent Haaga (writer of 2013’s “Cheap Thrills”) is a translation of the 2013 pulp fiction work of the same title. Those triggered by lewd sex, suggestions of incest and rape, and graphic violence need to steer clear, however. “68 Kill” is a comedy-horror in the vein of Lloyd Kaufman’s “Toxic Avenger” series (Haaga co-wrote the screenplay for “Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV” with Kaufman). As in, no subject matter is untouchable or too sacred.
Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler) is a down-on-his-luck septic worker with a homicidal prostitute for a girlfriend, Liza (AnnaLynne McCord). When Liza gets wind of $68,000 in cash sitting in the safe of one of her johns, she hatches a plan for her and Chip to elevate their quality of life. Everything rides off the rails when Liza’s bloodthirsty instincts kick in during what was supposed to be a simple burglary. Some pretty and not-so-pretty people getting pretty messed up.
You can catch “68 Kill” again at 10:45 p.m. March 12 at Alamo South, 11:30 p.m. March 13 at Alamo South and 11 a.m. March 16 at Alamo Ritz (I do recommend seeing this film at night).