Book versus film: The Killer Inside Me


The prolific Jim Thompson is right up there with Leonard and Ellroy in my ‘top dog’ noir crime writer stakes. The Killer Inside Me is his stand out novel (he wrote ten novels in two years in its aftermath, often penning one a month).  The apparently amiable, pleasant and slightly dull-minded narrator is actually a sexual abuser and violently insane. The film received mixed reviews and was slammed by many for the sustained and savage graphic violence against women – it is a matter of opinion whether it drives the narrative or does this for shock value. For me less, is always more with graphic sex or violence.   

The Killer Inside Me (Jim Thompson, 1952) – 9

Film: The Killer Inside Me, 2010 – 7

Director:  Michael Winterbottom

Verdict: book wins