Texas Killing Fields

October 14th 2011
  • Drama/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 105 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain, Chloe Moretz, Stephen Graham, Annabeth Gish, Sheryl Lee, Jason Clarke, Leanne Cochran, Sean Michael Cunningham, Becky Fly, James H├ębert, Donna Duplantier, Marcus Lyle Brown, Lyle Brocato, Kirk Bovill, Tom Proctor, Deneen Tyler, Tony Bentley, Elise Fyke, Samantha Beaulieu, Mark Adam, Cynthia LeBlanc, Cassidy Smith, Elton LeBlanc, D'Arcy Allen, Randy Austin, Gaven Tomas' Brooks, John Neisler, Seth William Cunningham
  • Director: Ami Canaan Mann
  • Writer: Don Ferrarone
  • Producers: Michael Jaffe, Michael Mann
  • Co Producer: Travis Mann
  • Executive Producers: Bill Block, A. John A. Bryan Jr., Paul Hanson, Michael Jaffe, Michael Ohoven, Ethan Smith, Justin Thomson
  • Art Direction: Jonah Markowitz
  • Casting: Chris Gray
  • Costume Design: Christopher Lawrence
  • D.O.P.: Stuart Dryburgh
  • Editor: Cindy Mollo
  • Makeup: Stacy Kelly
  • Music: Dickon Hinchliffe
  • Production Design: Aran Mann
  • Set Decoration: Leonard R. Spear


Souder, a homicide detective in a small Texan town, and his partner, transplanted New York City cop Detective Heigh, track a sadistic serial killer dumping his victims' mutilated bodies in a nearby marsh locals call 'The Killing Fields'.

Though the swampland crime scenes are outside their jurisdiction, Detective Heigh is unable to turn his back on solving the gruesome murders. Despite his partner's warnings, he sets out to investigate the crimes.

Before long, the killer changes the game and begins hunting the detectives, teasing them with possible clues at the crime scenes while always remaining one step ahead. When familiar local girl Anne goes missing, the detectives find themselves racing against time to catch the killer and save the young girl's life.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Louisiana, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Violence and language including some sexual references
  • Production Companies: Forward Pass, Gideon Productions, Infinity Media, QED International, Watley Entertainment
  • Production Schedule: 3 May 2010 - July 2010

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2011 Guide Analysis: "At one time Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire," "127 Hours") was attached to direct this and called it a "fantastic script" but didn't think it would get made as it was "just so dark'. The true life crimes are certainly very grim - all were schoolgirls or young women, some snatched in broad daylight not far from their homes, with the bodies littered along an 80km (50 mile) stretch of the I-45 motorway between Houston and the Gulf Coast.

Filmmaker Michael Mann ("Collateral," "Public Enemies") was also attached at one point, but instead ended up producing while his daughter Ami Canaan Mann tackled directing, her second feature after 2000's "Morning". This also marks the first script from Tony Scott's regular associate producer Don Ferrarone.

Reports from early test screenings indicate the true life crimes aren't heavily focused on, rather this tells its own dark and gritty story with the murders simply used as a backdrop. Certainly the location lends itself to some potentially extraordinary visuals.

The film was originally titled "The Texas Killing Fields" when Bradley Cooper was in talks to star, however the actor dropped out and went onto a different project called "The Dark Fields" while this became just "The Fields". Then came concern that the similar titles would cause confusion, so "The Dark Fields" was recently retitled "Limitless".

"Kick Ass" and "Let Me In" star Moretz only has a small part here but it's said to be crucial, while the local sheriff role marks and interesting and welcome change of pace for Worthington who has a few roles this year more akin to his pre-"Avatar" work in Australia. Certainly one of the potentially more interesting studio thrillers to open in 2011."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 14 October 2011: Finland, Ireland, UK
  • 9 November 2011: Brazil
  • 24 November 2011: Netherlands
  • 21 December 2011: Sweden
  • 28 December 2011: France