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November 14–20, 2014

Chicago Premiere

Bad Turn Worse
(aka We Gotta Get Out of This Place)

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Audience Award
AFI Fest
4 stars "A tight, properly convoluted slice of contemporary noir"
  —Irish Times
4 stars½
  —Film Threat
4 stars
3 stars "Bad Turn Worse, in its shambling, unpretentious way, honors [Jim] Thompson's anarchic social fury"
  —Slant Magazine
3 stars½
  —The Dissolve
3 stars "A confident, engaging film"

Tipping its hat from the start to the classic novels of pulp crime master Jim Thompson, Bad Turn Worse is a nouveau noir by first-time feature directors Simon and Zeke Hawkins. The Hawkins brothers have crafted a tense thriller in their story of three teens, on the verge of escaping a dead-end existence in their cotton-mill town, who get sucked into the seedy underbelly of organized crime, Texas style. As their summer comes to an end, BJ (Logan Huffman) convinces his best friend Bobby (Jeremy Allen White) and girlfriend Sue (Mackenzie Davis) to indulge in one last night on the town. The three burn through BJ's cash in no time, but it turns out to have been stolen from Giff (Mark Pellegrino), BJ's boss, and he wants it back. To set the record straight, he forces the young characters to plan a heist against a nefarious gangster. But nothing goes straight in this crooked tale of deception and violence, making it increasingly difficult to predict who will come out on top, or even alive.

The three fresh young leads are anchored by a career-changing performance by veteran film and television character actor Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Revolution) as the snake-tongued baddie, topped with a great reveal of the true mastermind behind the crime syndicate. Bad Turn Worse is at once a sad love letter to a way of life in rural America, and a searing indictment of the depravity that can fester in a small town.

Directed by Simon Hawkins and Zeke Hawkins, 2013, U.S.A., 92 mins.


  • Fri., Nov. 14 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Nov. 15 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Nov. 16 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Wed., Nov. 17–19 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Thurs., Nov. 20 at 9 pm
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