Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!! Bang eBook: William Butler: Kindle Store


Thursday, December 30, 2010

BANG currently available at these locations...

This is in many digital formats, such as pdf, plain text, kindle, epub, etc.

Tomorrow it will be available on the Kindle if you choose to wait. 

The digital versions are $2.99


You can go here to purchase it now in paperback or wait until January 7th to purchase it on

This is createspace's website.  You will have to open up an account in order to purchase BANG in paperback.

The Paperback version is $16.00

I will post more as It starts coming out in paperback on

Thank you!!

A video reading from my book BANG

Please enjoy this reading..though I don't think it's perfect in any way, but I enjoyed doing this a lot.  
Thank you so much!!

"I'll Make You Remember Me" Amazon Kindle Review***

5.0 out of 5 stars CompellingDecember 28, 2010
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A compelling short story by William Butler about a man who becomes obsessed with a woman. An interesting look inside the mind of a man who likes voyeurism and has obvious mental issues. William Butler writes a character that you become intrigued in over the very graphic sexual nature of the story. After reading you begin to take apart the main character's, Joe, mind and try to understand what was going on inside his head, as a psychologist would to a patient. I consider this a psychological suspense piece. If you like this you must read his other short story The Get Back

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 William Butler: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle William Butler: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

Well, I have an Amazon Author's page now. It only has my three ebooks: I'll Make You Remember Me, The Visit, and The Get Back right now, but soon BANG will be up there!!
And speaking of BANG, I received the proof copy of BANG today. I am reviewing as quick as possible so I can get it out to everyone before the new year. Due to the Holidays I may have some delays... :( But either way BANG will be yours for the New Year!! I am very excited to be sharing this with you.

So while I read over my proof copy and prepare for my book release please comment and tell me what you have planned for New Years? Any resolutions?

And go check out my Amazon Author's page, like it and share it with your twitter and facebook friends.

Be safe this Christmas!!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Interview with Steve Balderson for his movie "The Casserole Club" coming out 2011

I am proud to write this interview I had with Steve Balderson.  He, in my opinion, is a great director!  Please enjoy this interview and even leave comments.  Thank you...

WB:  What were some of the funniest moments during the filming of "The Casserole Club" or any of your other movies?

SB:  My sets are always a load of fun, from the first moments of the day to late at night.  We're all very serious when we're working, but there is nonstop laughter and everyone really enjoys themselves.  I try to create that kind of environment on purpose.  There's nothing more lame than a movie set where everyone is "soo serious" and cranky all the time.

WB:  Awesome, a fun working environment is always good and healthy.  No one likes a stick in the mud...Out of all the performances you've filmed, which one stuck out the most?

SB:  Starina Johnson.  She is a genius.  I remember the first time she went before the camera while we were filming "Stuck!"-- she blew everyone away.  I knew she was a great actress but I didn't know she was beyond great.  After filming her first take, I looked around and people on the crew were was incredible.

WB:  And it showed! I loved her performance in the movie.  "Stuck!" was a great movie and I recommend it to all my friends to check it out.  It blew me away.  Who were some of your favorite actors/actresses you have worked with?

SB:  I love everyone I've ever worked with.  The only exceptions were a couple of mean people, who I am no longer working with.  But everyone else is great.  We've built a company of sorts (like a theatre company) and I like using the same people over and over.  Once we have the team well connected, I'll bring in new people and see how it goes.  Luckily on "Casserole Club" the new people hit it off so well with the regulars that they became the new regulars!

WB:  What actors or actress would you like to work with in the future?

SB:  Anyone that is kind, serious about their work, but also fun and enjoyable to be around.  Famous or not.

WB:  When casting for a movie do you generally have an idea of who you want for a part?

SB:  Yes.  In "The Casserole Club" we wrote a few of the parts with actors in mind... I like to hand pick each player instead of doing traditional casting.  It's just as important to pick people who fit in with the group off the set, as it is to pick good actors.  Just because someone's a great actor doesn't mean they will fit in and get along with the others.  So it's a really sensitive process and I have to be really careful.  On "The Casserole Club" I nailed it.  Everyone fit together perfectly on the set and off.

WB:  I understand what you are talking about.  Its that chemistry that you have to maintain on and off screen. it's what creates the magic us viewers watch when your movies come out.  Thank you for that.  It reflects in your films and it builds a great reputation.  More people should do what you do and be proactive.  Do you write most of your scripts? Do you ever adapt them from books?

SB:  I work with screen writer Frankie Krainz usually but I have adapted before several times.  A few companies have hired me to do adaptations that I didn't direct, and I adapted Joseph Suglia's best-selling novel "Watch Out" for the screen, which I did direct.

WB: I've seen "Watch Out", it too was amazing.  Very daring!  "Firecracker" was based on true events, so where did you get the idea for "The Casserole Club"?

SB:  "The Casserole Club" was also based on actual events, although by the time we got down to actually writing the script and telling the story we through out the real story, so essentially it's pure fiction.  Even though it's historically accurate for the time period.

WB:  What was your budget for "The Casserole Club" and shooting schedule like?

SB:  If you count in all deferred payments, equipment, out of pocket expenses, marketing, etc., the budget for "The Casserole Club" was about $1 million.  We shot in September/October in Kansas and in California.

WB:  "The Casserole Club" sounds like it will be a fantastic romp of backstabbing and competition, what can we expect with the film?

SB:  It's a pretty heavy drama, but there are some really fun moments and the music, costumes, sets are also out of this world... I'm pretty sure we'll have a few people nominated.  There are some scene shooters in this one...

WB:  That's great news!! I hope so... I can't wait to see this movie.  Are you preparing for a new movie after this, I ask because I'm a huge fan of your work?

SB:  Yes, there are a few projects in line to do next.  Not sure which one will be ready first.

WB:  I'm excited to hear that.  I can't wait to read about them when you start production.  I'm sure you've been asked this a lot, but what influences your work?

SB: Travel and food, art, soaking up other cultures and seeing the world.  I just got back from a trip to Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean.  It was incredibly inspiring.

WB:  I noticed in the synopsis you mention the movies "Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "American Beauty" both great movies I have to say.  I've watched "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" a ton of times.  I can't get enough of the lie the characters were living.  Elizabeth Taylor an icon.  "American Beauty" was about perception--the perception of each character as they enter act with each other--whether misleading or not, is this the direction you are heading with "The Casserole Club"?

SB:  It's really hard for me to verbally discuss the film because it's all there on screen.  And I'm still in the thick of making it.  Usually it takes me a few years after a film to be able to talk about it from totally outside it.  "The Casserole Club" is an accurate and historical story set in 1969... It's about what is going on then in relationships and inside suburban's also about what happens to people who don't take responsibility for their actions, which is timeless.

WB:  I understand what you are saying.  When I was writing BANG it was hard to express what it was all about, because of so many elements in the story.  But now that it is finished and edited I can express those elements and share them.  So when you say that I completely understand.  I have to go back to your previous films for a second.  I have to say I discovered you when I saw that Karen Black was in your movie "Firecracker", I love her! What was it like working with her?

SB:  Working with Karen is a blast.  We had such a great time on "Firecracker" and on "Stuck!" and I cannot wait to work with her again.

WB:  I hope that means she will be in another one of your movies soon... : )...Sorry for asking about particular actors and actresses, because you have so many great talents in all your films.  I wanted to focus on Kevin Richardson.  He's building up a nice resume with making movies, what was it like working with him?

SB:  First of all, Kevin was incredibly professional and a really nice guy...He fir into the team perfectly.  As an actor he blew me away.  He's got a real gift and I'm working on a couple of future projects with him in mind.  There's a scene in "The Casserole Club" where he and Susan Traylor are fighting and...without giving anything's just one of those incredible Oscar-worthy scenes.  When we were filming it everyone on the set had chills.  It's amazing.

WB:  Well this is great!! I can't wait to see his performance.  I wanted to thank you once again for this interview and for sharing with us.  It has been a pleasure.  I'm looking forward to watching "The Casserole Club" and I encourage everyone else to go out and see it when it's released.  Thank you Steve...

SB: Thank you, Will.

This concludes my interview with Steve was an amazing interview and I am so glad he agreed to  it.  Once again go out and watch his new movie "The Casserole Club" coming out 2011!!  Thank you.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Thank you

I wanted to send out a quick post to everyone who has checked out my work so far and I hope all of you liked what you have read.  I wanted you to know that this is only a taste of what is to come.  My writing schedule is quite full and I have huge surprises for you next year.  I will go down the line of a few events coming up and later some fun things that we can do with my debut novel BANG, coming out later this month.

You see that I am releasing a few short stories on  (and if I have annoyed you with crazy repetitive posts about those shorts I apologize, what would help is if any of you would gladly repost them onto your facebooks or twitters that would be amazing, but of course that is up to you)
The logic behind the shorts are to get what I can do out there and they also make a fun read.  I planned on releasing 5 short stories on smashwords (like a music artist would do with singles from an album coming out).  3 of which are available now.  (The Visit, I'll Make You Remember Me, and The Get Back---all for $0.99).  I have two more I will release later on--one in January and the other later maybe march.
This is also a small advance promotion for a collection of short stories I want to release in the summer of 2011.
I have the cover design for the collection already created and prepared for release.  It will be available as an ebook and in paper back.  When it gets closer to the time I will release the cover art as well as the title for the collection.  Now I have to admit that "The Visit" will not be in the collection because it does not fit with the over all theme of the book.  It may appear in another collection later on.

****THE BIG NEWS****

It's coming!!!!!!!!! lol you just don't know...

BANG hits this month so you will need to go out and get a will be available on my website which I will post here and then a week after it goes live it will be available on  Then so on Barnes and Nobles,, etc.  

It will be available in paperback and as an ebook.

I'm so very excited about BANG coming out.  This book was described by a few who have sampled it as a porno book (lol which is funny to me because it isn't.  It just has a lot of sex in it, but believe me when I say this...BANG is more than sex, its mystery/thriller.)  I hope everyone loves it!! : ) if not that is fine, you may like my next one.  It is a strong book with crazy characters.  Something is always going on and the plot changes as you slowly discover who shot Tim Jones.  If you pick the character you think it is and follow the story you may discover the truth before it ends--who knows.  

I was thinking about some fun things to do with this book release, other than having a fabulous party to celebrate, and of course I will sign anyones book if you want me to. But those events will be posted here so be looking for them.

I wanted to say that I have also started on my second book, which has taken a back seat to BANG and my short story collection, but it is finally on its way into development.  
This novel will be entirely different from BANG.  Still a mystery, but oh so much more.  I see a possible release in the Fall of 2011.  

So as you see I am a busy bee working on sharing my joy to you.  I love to write and I want you to read my work so you can enjoy it too.  

Again Thank you so much.  I will be posting more later on as things progress.  I will give you updates on the last two shorts and also the collection.  I will also let you know about my second book, which you can follow my writing progress on that by following me on twitter, facebook and myspace.

And look for BANG out this month.  It will be available in paperback on my website first before amazon, so be looking here for updates!!


Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Get Back By William Butler

Megan and her father want revenge against the man who killed Megan's mother.


I know I keep rolling them out, but I can't stop myself from writing.  This is a story about revenge.  The choice of what is right and wrong.  Check it out!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

I'll Make You Remember Me By William Butler

Obsession can go too far when a man falls in love with a prostitute.

Available on 

My short story "I'll Make You Remember Me" is a work of fiction I wrote when I was in college for a creative writing class.  "I'll Make You Remember Me" is shocking, with graphic sex, violence and language.  I wanted to write something that no one had presented in the class.  Sure I could have wrote a love story or a mystery, or even a horror, and in some strange way I did just that, but in my own way.  : )
I do hope you take the chance to read the short sample that is available on  The sample is only a taste of where the story is going.  Feel free to continue from there and purchase yourself a copy...I won't stop  Enjoy! ;)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sneak peek at ASYLUM, first book in our TZF novella series

Sneak peek at ASYLUM, first book in our TZF novella series


Mark Allen Gunnells cover for his zombie novella!! I will be doing another author interview with him and a review of the novella ASYLUM. Be on the look out for updates on its release!!

Official cover for my novel BANG!!

Tim Jones had everything planned out.  He was going to tell his wife, Shelley, that he still loved her.  He didn't care if she cheated on him with his best friend, Frank.  He wanted Shelley back and was ready to move on.
That was until someone shot him...


STUCK! DVD review!!

STUCK! is director Steve Balderson’s homage to film noir women-in-prison films.  Faithfully re-producing the genre with a modern, tongue-in-cheek twist, expect all the  hallmarks of a classic prison movie complete with a wrongly accused heroine, hard boiled dames, diabolical alliances, forbidden love, cat-fighting cuties, a sadistic warden, and corrupt prison guards.
STUCK! stars Karen Black, Susan Traylor, Jane Wiedlin, Mink Stole, Stacy Cunningham, Starina Johnson and Pleasant Gehman.  It’s the story of Daisy, an innocent young woman framed for killing her mother.  Condemned by the press and the public, Daisy is found guilty of murder and sentenced to die by hanging.  This jazzy, finger-snapping, broads-behind-bars film is a throwback to another era, with terse Tennessee Williams-style verbal sparring, non-stop action and enough bad-girl jailhouse hi-jinks to make the audience lose the distinction between good and evil.

Steve Balderson has made a masterpiece!! He has taken campy prison girl movies and twisted it with noir-like elements.  A tragic heroine who is falsely accused of murder.  The one pointing the finger is none other than the infamous Karen Black!

Karen Black-the best kept secret of Hollywood.  You couldn't get a better actress to play a role.  All the other actresses are amazing as well--Susan Traylor, Mink Stole, Jane Wiedlin, Starina Johnson, Stacy Cunningham, Pleasant Gehman--each of these women did a fantastic job.  

So here is the story...

Poor little Daisy lives the life--and when I say life I mean she is trapped taking care of her sick mother.  But Daisy doesn't mind.  She loves her mother--but does she love her mother too much that death is the only answer.  Well when Daisy returns home with the groceries she ends up getting into a struggle with her mother over a gun, where a neighbor begins to watch the struggle.  That's when it all changes for Daisy.

She goes to trial and ends up in prison with four other women already on death row. Each of them tormented by one female guard they call "Amazon".  Through out the movie Daisy tries to prove her innocence, but they don't believe her and the only person who may know the truth is struggling herself on whether of not she should admit to being wrong.

And that brings us to the end...Does the neighbor fess up about possibly being wrong about what she saw that faithful day, so Daisy could go home and live her life?  You should watch the movie to find out. 

What I think about this movie...I loved it!! I give if five stars.  This movie talks about cages--Daisy lived in a cage her whole life.  The cage was a house where she took care of her mother and then the prison where she waited for life.  It's amazing how well it was all portrayed.  Also how each character had their own tragic life.  

Princess- she killed her own child, which broke her mentally.  She's now MeMe's child.
MeMe-she is the black widow.  She couldn't stop killing because it just became habit.
Esther- Is in for tax evasion and killing feds.
Dutch- a prostitute who killed a cop.
Daisy-the main character, who is accused of killing her mother.

Go out and get yourself a copy today.  You can purchase STUCK!  here

or on

Thank you!

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Visit by William Butler (Me :D)

A touching story about a young man waiting for his mother to come visit him. A personal story about forgiveness and love.
NOW Available on Get your copy today.

This is a short story I wrote that is very dear to my heart.  The night after my mother died I had a dream about her.  She paid me a visit which brought peace to my sadness.  I immediately woke and wrote the dream down.  Now I want to share that dream with you.  I hope you enjoy this beautiful, touching story.  

Thank you.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mark Allan Gunnells Interview

Today I want to share with you an interview I did with Author Mark Allan Gunnells on his new short story "Dancing In The Dark".

WB: I want to introduce you to everyone and especially for those who do not know you yet. Where are you from?

MAG: Gaffney, South Carolina, where I still live.

WB: When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

MAG: A writer.  I've been writing from a very young age.

WB: When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? And when did you start writing?

MAG: My first stories came around 10 years old, I guess.  Mostly little one-page Twilight Zone rip-offs.

WB: What genre do you write and why that genre?  Have you tried writing other genres?

MAG: I prefer the horror and fantasy genres.  There is a limitlessness to those genres that appeals to me.  Not    that I don't step outside those genres, I do, it's good to expand and stretch as a writer.  The only genres I haven't done much with are western and mystery.

WB: Who or what has influenced your writing?  What was it that influenced your story "Dancing In The Dark"?

MAG: Everything influences me.  I draw from my own experiences, things I overhear  Everything is up for grabs.  With "Dancing In The Dark" I was driving to work one morning listening to a song on the radio (Midnight Train to Georgia) when I had a tire blow out.  Two weeks later I was driving along and that song came on the radio, and I had a sudden sense of panic and realized I now associated that song with bad luck.  The story came from there.

WB: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

MAG: I am such a lover of the short story, longer pieces are a real challenge for me, particularly pacing them. It is something I'm working at, trying to improve.

WB: What are you currently reading?

MAG: Currently I am reading "Harvest of Changelings" by Warren Rochelle, a most excellent fantasy novel.  The author was actually my college Creative Writing professor.

WB: Who is your favorite author and why?

MAG: Lansdale.  There are many I love, but Joe R. Lansdale is my all time fav.  He is a gifted storyteller who creates vibrant characters, believable dialogue, and can paint such detailed pictures with real economy of words.  I also love that he dabbles in so many different kinds of stories, showing a real range.

WB: Now lets get into the short story you wrote entitled "Dancing in the Dark".  This is actually the title of the song Bruce Springsteen sung on his album "Born in the U.S.A.".  Each time the song was played in the story I couldn't help myself but sing it.  It was catchy.  So, in your short story "Dancing in the Dark", your character Hayden has a unique phobia, when you were writing this story did you draw from your own personal phobias?  

MAG: I don't have that particular phobia, but I certainly have my own fears and I drew from those.  I won't tell you specifically what they are lest you use them against me.

WB:  Haha, I would never do that.  I have to say "Dancing in the Dark" was a great story.  It had elements of bullying/revenge, what are your thoughts on that?

MAG: Bullying is something I know a little about because I was bullied as a kid.  Not so much in college, but in my Junior High and High School years.  I think it is a problem that seems to be passed down from generation to genration, and unfortunately people are just resigned to it, that's the way it has always been and always will be.  That's crap, in my opinion, and I'd like to have the issue addressed more seriously in schools.

WB: I agree with you on that.  Bullying is an issue and if we look at it, the ones who are doing the bullying are being bullied themselves--maybe from home or by other people.  There are real issues here for individuals who do this to others.  But without defending anyone, I'm sure there are a few out there who are just malicious.  Moving on, There was a graphic scene in "Dancing in the Dark", at the very end when the story climaxed, what are your thoughts on stories/movies with a graphic nature? Do you think graphic descriptions are necessary in writing to pull off a scene?

MAG: I don't think graphic descriptions and "gore" are necessary for a successful horror story, but I also don't think a writer should shy away from them if a story calls for it.  It's all about the story to me, and the writer should be as graphic or as non-graphic as a specific tale requires.

WB: Awesome! I agree with that as well.  Thank you. Let's move on to other projects you have in the works, can you tell us about that?

MAG: I have three projects that should--fingers crossed, knock on wood--be out by years end.  Two are with Sideshow Press: Whisonant, which collects my two novellas "Whisonant" and Creatures of the Light".  The book has a cool design as a "flip book".  You hold it and you are looking at one cover that contains one story, then you turn it upside down and flip it over and get a separate cover and the second story.  They will also be releasing my first short story collection, Tales from the Midnight Shift Vol. 1.  Apex publications will also be releasing my zombie novella Asylum through their The Zombie Feed imprint.  I have a few more things planned with Sideshow for the next year, but it's a little early to be discussing them.

WB:  Wow! I am excited for you and I can't wait to read more of your work.  Thank you, sir for sharing this with us and I wish you the best of luck with all your future projects. 

MAG:  You're welcome and thank you.

Well again this was a great interview and very exciting to actually talk with a fellow writer.  Mark Allan Gunnells short story "Dancing in the Dark" is available  at Darkside Digital for only $1.50 and it comes in various formats.  Please go check it out and be on the look out for more from Mark Allan Gunnells!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Shortbus-Movie review

A movie directed by John Cameron Mitchell.  If you are not aware who John Cameron Mitchell is then you should find out.  He is the next big thing in Hollywood.  Some of you may know him as Hedwig and the angry inch. I heard about this movie when he was looking for actors who would be willing to show it all--and I mean all.  The thing about this movie is the fact that it is about relationships and sexual dysfunction.

Shortbus is not about a bus--no--it's the name of a sex club in New York.  The movie starts off with a series of explicit sex scenes, which sets up the relationships of the characters.  There is a gay couple--Jamie and James. Jamie is a little suicidal while James just wants what is best for his beloved.  Jamie has been making a documentary of his love for James--a film he plans on revealing to him after he kills himself, but James doesn't know this.

They both go and see a sex therapist--Sophia, who is having problems obtaining the big O with her husband Rob.  So they all decide to go to the sex club--Shortbus.  Along the way they meet up with a dominatrix named Severin--whose real name is Jennifer Aniston (haha very funny).  Severin helps Sophia have an orgasm, but fails, because Sophia needs to learn how to let go (I suppose--this to me will always be a mystery).  I like how Mitchell weaves the use of power surges as a means for Sophia not able to have an orgasm.

As each character's plot complicates, the viewer sees a similar melancholy bulldozing its way into these seemingly disparate lives. The depression is repeatedly used in comedic scenes, such as when James is asked on a date while still hospitalized for his attempted suicide. 

Shortbus isn't porn like a few people I know say it is.  It is a story that connects with its viewers.  It shows the viewer that they are not alone in the relationship department and that all complications can be worked through.  Its a very good movie and you should go and check it out.

"Shortbus" - Trailer (full)

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things--Review

This is Asia Argento's adaptation of J. T. Leroy's book of the same name.  But don't be fooled by the title--there is no deception here, just a very bad mother.  Jeremiah (the abused and neglected son of Sarah) should know that he is not truly loved in this film.
This film, when watching it, should illicit an emotion from you.  You should feel angry! Upset! even ready to call the producers up and ask why this was made!  Well it was made because it is suppose to make you feel this way.  You should realize that children are treated like this around the world.  Not every child, but those unfortunate ones are.
Here is a little about the story:
Jeremiah is brought back into the world he was taken from by social workers.  Sarah, Jeremiah's mother, doesn't seem too excited over having him, but has some how managed to get him back from his foster parents.  I have a friend who automatically thinks that Sarah looks and acts like Courtney Love.  I think she believes that is how Courtney Love is toward her children.  Anyways...
Sarah, after a failed attempt to feed Jeremiah spaghetti-O's for lunch (which I might add was the only can she had in the cabinet, and that there was no other food, also the Spaghetti-O's ended up all over the wall), Jeremiah runs away to where she has to come and get him.  After that she gathers his stuff up into a trash bag and they leave.  Sarah proceeds to get Jeremiah high so she could control him better.
Well there are a string of men and most of the time Jeremiah would sleep in the car.  There are other times Sarah would make Jeremiah act like a girl, but she never truly called him her kid.  She had always said he was her sister.
Well to cut this short--There is drug use, a rape, lot lizards, truck stops, religion, more abuse, and finally the crazy tweaked out ending.
Did I like this movie--yes.
Why?--because I am glad I didn't live this way and when I think I have it bad I watch this and realize I don't.  Also I like to see others reactions when they watch the movie, because they can't believe I actually watch this stuff.  I'm not the monster here--Sarah is.

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things

The book is equally graphic, but not in order like the movie.  I say that you should read the book and then watch the movie to get the full effect of what you are seeing.  Plus there are a few scenes in the movie that don't explain what it means--like the birds--but it does explain it in the book.

Both of these items the book by J. T. Leroy and the movie are available on

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Killer Inside Me--Review

The Killer Inside Me was a very good movie (I have to say).  It is based on Jim Thompson's book of the same name, which was written in 1953.  The movie stars Casey Affleck as the gentleman, yet brutal, Lou Ford.  Lou Ford has a dark past which is awaken when he meets prostitute Joyce (Jessica Alba), where the two have lots of sex (and when I say sex I mean its a lot of sex and masochistic as well, hence when he spanks her with his belt and in one scene strangles her with it-nice).  Lou is supposed to run Joyce out of town because she is having sex with a union leader's son, whom Lou hates with a passion over what they did to his brother some years ago.  Can we say revenge!  
Well the set up is done and Lou has his own plan, even though he has made Joyce believe that they are going to run off together.  I shy away from giving you more details but this is actually an excellent movie.  I was surprised at Casey Affleck's performance.  He pulled off the part so well.  He had a great combination for sounding and acting like a sweet Texas gentleman, and then suddenly display this violent dark side, which made him come off as creepy.
Jessica Alba was good as well, showing more skin than I am use to seeing from her in any of her other films.  But her character was so naive and accepted the fact that she was a victim, unlike women now who would fight back.  
As for Kate Hudson's character Amy, the typical good girl--who wants a husband and loves Lou a lot.  Her character was smart and knew about Lou's dark side, but didn't care--because she loved him and wanted to be with him regardless.

This is typical Hard-boiled Noir! Great in all areas.  The ending was fantastic (well only if you understand what noir is and how movies or books like that end).  I will give you a brief example of a noir-film/book: The characters in a noir hate their surroundings.  They long to escape the trapping of their life and will do whatever it takes to get out.  They will also do whatever it takes to not go back to that old way of life as well. This may result in the character killing themselves and whomever is with them.  They also don't think what they have done is wrong.  They feel justified with the results--so a few people have to die for me to survive, so-be-it-kind-of-attitude. Nihilistic all the way.  

I suggest you keep an open mind when watching the movie and explore your dark side a little.  If you are a film student this is a great example of noir.  I am glad this movie was made in this year, because if it was made in the fifties then there would be a lot cut out.  I am also glad they didn't try to adapt it for modern times.  It would have become possibly silly and dry.  They would have to have a great director to modernize this movie or any other noir film.  They have tried but without success.

I hope you like this review and feel free to go to where both the book by Jim Thompson and the movie are available for purchase.  Thank you.