The King Is Dead
The King Is Dead (2012)

Open inspection at the house-for-sale in the quiet, leafy neighbourhood...Max, science teacher, and Therese, tax accountant, decide that here is the house for them. Unsuspecting, they buy and move in, finding a nice family on one side and,… More

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Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine

The screenplay comes with a wealth of comical gags and observations about suburban life that many audiences should identify with.

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

The King is Dead has some great comic asides, and the finale paints Max and Therese into a genuinely dangerous and entertaining corner.

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Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

If this film had a more propulsive plot, veered into Straw Dogs territory and retained its dark laughs, I imagine we would be talking about an Australian classic.

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Luke Buckmaster
Crikey

The King is Dead! is a deliciously dark genre mash-up, coy and explorative but tight and insular, sprayed with wry laughs and a genuinely foreboding undertone.

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CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

The King is Dead!, while not as brilliant as Bad Boy Bubby or Alexandra's Project, shares with those films a unique and perverse vision of Australian suburbia ... De Heer's always bold, and here he's bold again. The Independent King is certainly not dead.

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Jim Schembri
3AW

Black comedies rarely come as carefully measured or as full-blooded as this marvellously engaging lark, which is essentially a revenge fantasy for anyone who has ever suffered the prolonged trauma of living with a bad neighbour.

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