Killing Joan (2018)

Killing Joan (2016)
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Director: Todd Bartoo
Writer: Todd Bartoo
Stars: Jamie Bernadette, Teo Celigo, Erik Aude, David Carey Foster
Runtime: N/A
Rated: N/A
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Released: N/A
Plot: An enforcer for the mob enacts her revenge on those who wronged her.

Killing Joan (2018)

Storyline Killing Joan: Joan Butler is an enforcer for a local mobster who is known for ruthless tactics and wild abandon. After she reconnects with her ex-boyfriend Anthony, a local social worker, she realizes that there is more to life and decides to quit the business. After she is double crossed and left for dead, she resolves to take down the mob and her former boss Frank. Fortunately, she has been given otherworldly powers, such as the ability to travel between shadows or to command the shadows themselves. One by one, she takes them down, only to realize that there are darker forces behind Frank and his organization. These dark forces are more powerful than anything Joan has previously faced. Slowly these dark forces attempt to subsume and corrupt Joan. Will she be able to overcome the dark forces and by effect save her own soul?

Director:  Todd Bartoo
Writer:  Todd Bartoo
Stars:  Jamie BernadetteTeo CeligoErik Aude



Country: USA | Language:  English | Release Date:  3 April 2018 (USA)
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA


Company Credits

Production Co:  TODFILM

Technical Specs

Runtime: Color:  Color



Mob enforcer Joan Butler (Jamie Bernadette) finds herself betrayed by her erstwhile employer. Killing Joan is best compared to The Crow, the gothic urban fantasy starring Brandon Lee. Both films see their anti-heroes return from the dead for vengeance wielding dark, vague supernatural powers against their murderers. Sign me up! Unfortunately, Killing Joan plays more like the straight to DVD sequels that the original Crow spawned. The film shows glimmers of a cult hit but succumbs to fumbling acting, clunky storytelling, clammy dialogue and stagey action. To be fair and clear, credit is due to any filmmaker who sets out to make a feature using their ingenuity instead of dollars. At times Killing Joan does shine with a certain DIY charm, but this charm is undermined by how seriously the film takes itself and how difficult it is to take as such.

Writer / director Todd Bartoo makes the bold choice to paint his titular character as severely unsympathetic. Joan’s introduction comes when she interrupts a couple in the throws of sex; she holds a butterfly knife to the man’s neck and tells him he’d better pay his debts. Later, she shoots one of her own goons and hits a club where strippers gyrate through shafts of tinted light and sparse extras mill around. When a man turns her down she promptly goes for a woman, kissing her and, ultimately, taking her home. While these scenes are punctuated by posturing and recycled dialogue they do set the table for an entertaining exploitation film.


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