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|Directed by||Liam Galvin|
|Written by||Liam Galvin|
|Distributed by||Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment|
Killer Bitch is a 2010 British action-horror film written and directed by Liam Galvin and produced by Yvette Rowland, Liam Galvin, and John Fleming. The film contains a real sex scene featuring Ben Dover which was filmed as hardcore porn but edited to softcore for the final cut of the film. It also features a controversial sex scene with Alex Reid.
A woman is forced into a deadly game in which she has to kill five people. If she fails, all her friends and family will be butchered.
The film became notorious in the UK in August 2009, shortly after shooting started, when tabloid newspapers the News of the World and The People carried stories implying that the film's star, Katie Price's then-boyfriend Alex Reid had been involved in a "vile" rape scene and that Killer Bitch was a pornographic film. This was denied by Price who claimed that neither she nor Reid would in any way be involved in a film glorifying rape as she herself had been raped. This further stoked controversy.
Reid was subsequently reported to have 'walked off' from the film leaving several of his scenes un-shot. The producers shut production down for six weeks and re-wrote the script retaining Reid's completed scenes but filling-in the gaps with eighteen new scenes featuring former football hooligan Jason Marriner and former world champion boxer Robin Reid (no relation).
The film featured crime figures: Dave Courtney, Roy Shaw, Howard Marks, Carlton Leach and others Page 3 models and boxers, cage fighters and martial arts competitors. The publicity storm surrounding the film in the UK was stoked around the world including Australia, the Middle East, India and the United States. and when, during post-production, Alex Reid won the British TV series Celebrity Big Brother.
Further controversy surrounded the film in March 2010 when the British Board of Film Classification, after four screenings, was said to be unhappy about the film's sexual content and would demand cuts to Alex Reid's sex scene with actress and producer Yvette Rowland. In fact, they passed the whole film uncut with an '18' certificate.
The original publicity for the film had said it involved real fights, real criminals, real sex; after release, the film's executive producer claimed "the movie features real violence, real gangsters and real hardcore sex scenes".
Reviewing the film, James Benefield of the Eye For Film website stated "None of the acting - including the stunt casting - is up to much... with such a dull premise and script, it's surprising Liam Galvin has assembled this notorious cast. The film's main loser is the viewer seeking it out on the back of the publicity generated by this casting."
- "British Council's British Films Catalogue, 2010".
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- "The People, 23 August 2009".
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- "Daily Mirror, 10 October 2009".
- Lee, Cara (5 May 2010). "The Sun, 5 May 2010". London.
- "Perth Now, 24 August 2009".
- "Sunday Herald, 2 May 2010".
- "Daily Star, 28 March 2010".
- "Killer Bitch" review, Eye For Film, 10 May 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2015. The film has now become a cult classic