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68 Kill is a 2017 American black comedy crime film written and directed by Trent Haaga and starring Matthew Gray Gubler, AnnaLynne McCord, Alisha Boe, Sheila Vand, Sam Eidson and Michael Beasley. It is based on the Bryan Smith novel of the same name.

It started with a couple dead bodies and $68,000 in stolen cash. Chip Taylor's girlfriend Liza had the perfect plan to rip off her rich sugar daddy. It should have been an easy in and out kind of deal. Nobody would get hurt and they would come out of it with enough loot to solve their problems. But things started going wrong as soon as they were inside the rich man's house, and for Chip it was only the beginning of the longest, most terrifying ride of his life.

68 Kill contains examples of:

  • Asshole Victim:
    • According to Violet, Ken fired her and got her evicted when she turned down his sexual advances, and eventually used financial pressure to coerce her into having sex with him anyway. He gets his throat slit by Liza.
    • Chip kills Monica, a depraved torturer and murderer, for murdering Violet.
  • Auto Erotica: After murdering Ken and his wife, and stuffing Violet into the trunk, Liza and Chip have violent sex in their car.
  • Axe-Crazy: Liza, who turns what should have been a simple burglary into a string of murders.
  • Binge Montage: Monica and her gang binge on drugs and alcohol while they torture Chip preparatory to killing him. The binge is seen through Chip's bleary eyes as he passes in and out of consciousness.
  • Bound and Gagged: Chip leaves the motel owner bound and gagged when he knocks him out and steals his car to go after Monica.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Ken is masturbating to a sex tape he secretly made of himself and Liza when Liza sneaks up on him and slits his throat.
  • Ceiling Banger: Liza and Chip have noisy, animalistic sex in their car and Violet—who is locked in the trunk—bangs on the trunk lid to remind them that she is still there and can hear them.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: The Cute and Psycho Liza chases after Chip in an attempt to reclaim him, even after he tries to kill her in order to escape from her.
  • Crime After Crime: What starts out as a burglary eventually entails murder, kidnapping, car theft, assault, false imprisonment, and arson.
  • Cute and Psycho: Liza. She is definitely hot, with Clint delivering a monologue to an increasingly uncomfortable Chip about how hot his girlfriend is. Chip knows that she is crazy, and claims it is part of what makes her attractive, but he doesn't realise how crazy till they break into Ken's place. She murders Ken and his wife, kidnaps Violet and attempts to sell her to her brother Dwayne, and obsessively pursues Chip when he tries to leave her, attempting to ram his car off the road.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Monica is shown looking at a magazine with photos of scantily-clad women making out, and she's later to be shown with one of the guys in her gang. She likes to torture and murder people for fun with them.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Monica claims that she murdered Violet because the other woman called her an Emo, and suggested that she shopped at Hot Topic.
  • Duct Tape for Everything: Chip uses duct tape to leave the motel manager Bound and Gagged when he steals his car.
  • Ear Ache: Liza murders Ken's wife by stabbing a hunting knife into her ear.
  • Embarrassing Cover Up: Chip and Violet are on the run when a highway patrolman pulls them over for a broken taillight. Violet distracts the cop by pretending to be drunk and explaining that she had persuaded Chip to drive her home by promising him anal sex. The cop waves them on after telling Chip not to blow it.
  • Extreme Doormat: Chip is this at the start of the film, allowing himself to be bullied into going along with whatever Liza proposes: even when that is a robbery that turns into murder. He starts to stand up for himself when he decides he cannot allow Liza to sell Violet to her brother for his new 'hobby' (which is murder and necrophilia). After he escapes with Violet, she helps him to grow a spine.
  • Extremely Short Time Span: The film unfolds in slightly less than a day and a half: starting in the morning (Chip is getting ready for work in the opening scenes) and ending in the late afternoon of the following day (judging from the sun's position as Chip is heading west on the highway).
  • Fiery Cover-Up: At the end of the film, Chip covers up the bloodbath at Monica's trailer by pouring high proof booze on the floor and torching the place.
  • Gas Station of Doom: Chip has to stop at a remote gas station to fill up, and the cashier Monica notices the large bundle of cash he is carrying and tries to blackmail him. This marks the point at which the Plethora of Mistakes kicks into high gear.
  • Godiva Hair: Violet has her long hair hanging down over her breasts when she's naked and seducing Chip.
  • Golf Clubbing: Chip takes a golf club from the motel office when he goes looking for payback. However, it is taken off him and used by Amy to knock him out, and later by Monica to torture him.
  • Groin Attack: Amy kicks Chip in the groin to drive home how stupid he has been after he walks into the trap.
  • Gutted Like a Fish: Dwayne does this Amy before raping her corpse. The severed head in a jar in his house indicates this is not the first time he has done this.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: Chip wakes up at the motel and discovers all of his belongings stolen, including his clothes. He has to scuttle to the office covered in nothing but a very small hand towel.
  • Human Trafficking: Liza is revealed to have been doing this on scale: selling women to her brother Dwayne, who kills them, rapes and dissects them (in that order). It is not made clear where she sources the women, but she does mention that the last one was a crack whore. This is her plan for disposing of Violet: rather than just killing her, selling her to Dwayne will have the same outcome and make some money.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Violet shows her cleavage and long bare legs while making a big show of looking around for the license and registration when a cop stops her with Chip hoping he might let them go. It doesn't work though, he lets Chip go after Violet claims she's promised him anal sex so he can get laid.
  • I Love the Dead: Dwayne rapes Amy's corpse after she has been Gutted Like a Fish, and plans to do the same to Monica. Given his sister Liza has been selling him girls, it seems likely he has had this 'hobby' for some time.
  • Impairment Shot: Monica and her gang binge on drugs and alcohol while they torture Chip preparatory to killing him. The binge is seen through Chip's bleary eyes as he passes in and out of consciousness.
  • Impossible Task: At the end of the film, Monica promises to give Chip anything he wants as long as he lets her live; he considers this and asks her to bring Violet back.
  • Literal Disarming: Dwayne literally disarms Leroy by using a shotgun to blow off the arm with which Leroy is holding the pistol.
  • Machete Mayhem: The machete is Dwayne's weapon of choice and he uses it to wreak bloody havoc on Monica's gang during the final showdown.
  • A Match Made in Stockholm: Chip falls for Violet, the girl he and Liza abduct from Ken's house. Violet starts to return his affection after he rescues her from the psycho Liza.
  • The Mistress: Ken is Liza's sugar daddy, and the relationship is the main source of income for her and Chip.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: Violet has the covers up over her breasts when in bed with Chip right before the two have sex.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Cute and Psycho Liza is dressed in a low-cut top through the film, along with a very short skirt, while she has sex multiple times with Chip.
    • Violet is quite good-looking, showing off her cleavage and long legs while in short jean cut offs when she gets stopped by a cop in hopes of getting him to let her go. She's later seen naked with her long hair covering her breasts when she seduces Chip, and only just covered when they're in bed together.
  • The Murder After: Monica and her gang leave an unconscious Chip in his motel room with a dead body, planning to call the cops and let him take the fall. Chip spoils the plan by waking up sooner than they expected and leaving.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: This is Liza's outlook on life. Once the crime spree starts, she tries to kill anyone who presents an obstacle. Violet later tells him to murder the cashier at the gas station because she's seen his face, but this is actually a Secret Test of Character.
  • Nice Guy: Chip, despite getting involved with a burglary his girlfriend wants to do, is really kind and avoids doing bad deeds overall. He rescues Violet, a woman Liza abducts and is going to let her twisted brother kill, who later explicitly calls him this. When he does do bad things, it's always reluctantly or to those very deserving.
  • Not Staying for Breakfast: This is what Chip thinks has happened when he wakes up the motel and finds Violet gone after they had sex on the night before, along with the money, the guns and car. Then he finds her body in the bathroom.
  • Outlaw Couple: Chip goes along with his girlfriend Liza's plan to steal $68,000 from her sugar daddy Ken so they can a start new life. However, the pair become an outlaw couple when Liza murders Ken and his wife. The 'couple' part is soon strained as Chip begins to realize exactly how Axe-Crazy Liza really is.
  • Past Victim Showcase: The shelves in Dwayne's workshop are lined with glass jars containing body parts from his previous victims. That fact Dwayne and Liza are so sanguine about this is what finally convinces Chip to free Violet and flee.
  • Pistol-Whipping: Chip hits Liza in he head with the butt of his pistol when he tries to free Violet and escape. Interestingly, Tap on the Head is averted, with Lisa not being knocked out but continuing to attack Chip only to pass out after several minutes. She is later shown to have been concussed and been in the hospital.
  • Plethora of Mistakes: The original plan was for Liza and Chip to sneak into Ken's house, steal the $68,000 in the safe, and flee. If they'd stuck to that plan, things probably would have gone off without a hitch. But Liza decides to murder Ken and his wife, and then they discover they are not alone, which leads to an unplanned abduction, and things continue to spiral out of control from there, eventually ending in torture, mass murder and arson.
  • Punk in the Trunk: When Liza and Chip abduct Violet from Ken's house, they stuff her in the trunk of Liza's car, where she winds up staying for some time.
  • Rape as Backstory: Violet tells Chip how she'd been coerced into sex by her asshole former boss, as she tears up doing so. He's immediately sympathetic and comforts her.
  • Reckless Gun Usage: Chip arrives home to discover Liza pointing a pair of pistols at him, showing off what she just got from Dwayne. A short time later, she points both guns at her crotch.
  • Riddle for the Ages: How did Liza locate Chip when he was being held prisoner by Monica? Her answer doesn't clarify anything, and Chip kills her without any further elaboration being made.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: Chip winds up looking like this when all of his clothes are stolen and he is forced to dress from the contents of the motel's lost and found box. He ends up wearing pink flip-flops, grey sweatpants, and woman's off-the-shoulder t-shirt with a red lip pattern on it.
  • Secret Test of Character: After Monica attempts to blackmail him, Violet tells Chip to go back into the Gas Station of Doom and kill her because she knows what they look like and can go to the cops. After a moment's hesitation, he refuses and she congratulates him. She had been testing if he was willing to stand up for himself, as she had been encouraging him to do. Unfortunately, this ends up biting Violet in the ass later on.
  • Serial Killer:
    • Dwayne is shown to torture, murder and rape women, which is implied to happen regularly, with his Cute and Psycho sister Liza providing victims for money.
    • Monica and her gang also regularly torture people before murdering them just for fun.
  • Sexual Extortion: Ken fired Violet after she turned down his advances, and used his contacts to have her evicted. He then applied financial pressure until she agreed to join him and his wife for their sex games.
  • Sex for Services: Chip reluctantly performs oral sex on a gas station clerk in return for information she has.
  • Slashed Throat:
    • Liza murders her sugar daddy Ken by sneaking up on him while he is masturbating and slashing his throat.
    • Later, Violet is murdered offscreen by Monica the same way.
  • Slut-Shaming: Liza speaks contemptuously of Violet as a slut (she was actually coerced into sex) and uses it as justification for devaluing her completely (never mind that Liza'd been a sugar baby willingly herself).
  • Sympathetic Murderer: The rest of the people he kills are to defend himself or others, but Chip also kills Monica at the end because she murdered Violet. As she really deserved it however, no one is likely going to care.
  • Tap on the Head: Mostly averted. Although Liza is able to knock out Violet with a quick blow from a knife hilt, this is the only example of an unproblematic head blow in the film. Chip attempts Pistol-Whipping Liza only for her to be not knocked out immediately, but pass out several minutes later, and suffer a concussion. Chip's attempt to knock out the motel owner by hitting him the head with a phone only stuns him. And Chip suffers realistic consequences from being hit in the head with a golf club by Amy.
  • Taxidermy Is Creepy: Liza's sugar daddy Ken's den is lined floor-to-ceiling with his hunting trophies, including a giraffe. The effect is very creepy and marks his status as an Asshole Victim. It is in his den that Liza cuts his throat.
  • Unplanned Crossdressing: Combined with Rummage Sale Reject. Chip has all of his clothes stolen and is forced to dress from the contents of the motel's lost and found box. He ends up wearing pink flip-flops, grey sweatpants, and a woman's off-the-shoulder t-shirt with a red lip pattern on it.
  • Vehicular Assault: When Chip attempts to flee, Liza chases after him and attempts to ram his car off the road.
  • Yandere: The Cute and Psycho Liza will go to any length to keep hold of her boyfriend Chip, including murder. She and her brother Dwayne massacre the gang of redneck crooks holding Chip hostage, and she seems to regards Chip's attempts to kill her in order to be free of her as nothing more than foreplay.