Series: Bullet in the Face
A Viciously Funny ComedyBullet in the Face
is an ultraviolent, blackly comedic
Canadian-American television series created by Alan Spencer (Sledge Hammer!
) that premiered on August 16, 2012 on IFC. It follows sociopathic criminal Gunter Vogler (Max Williams) who, after being shot by his lover and partner-in-crime Martine (Kate Kelton) during a botched jewel heist, wakes up in a hospital three months later with the surgically-transplanted face of the last man he killed.
Brüteville Police Commissioner Eva Braden (Jessica Steen) gives him an ultimatum: die or work for her undercover to take down the city’s powerful crime lords, Tannhäuser (Eddie Izzard
) and Racken (Eric Roberts). Aided by Lt. Karl Hagerman (Neil Napier), the partner of the man whose face he now bears, Vogler must adapt to life as a cop if he wants revenge on those who betrayed him.
A police procedural with clown shoes, the story takes the Boxed Crook
theme to its logical extreme: The Joker
being poached by law enforcement to help solve crimes. Just as Sledge Hammer
was a pastiche of 80's cop shows, the jokes also draw inspiration from John Woo
films (particularly Face/Off
) and Dark Age
graphic novels such as Sin City
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