685. Ten Commandments: Thou Shalt Not Kill – Phil Mulloy

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SUMMARY: A farmer whose crops will not grow is driven to suicide by the systematic deaths of each of his family members.

WHY IT’S HERE: The shortest of Phil Mulloy’s ‘Ten Commandments’ films, ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ is also the most unforgettable. Given the comically violent nature of much of Mulloy’s work, one might expect all sorts of grisly scenarios in this film but instead Mulloy looks at the message of the commandment from an unexpected and brilliant angle. The punchline is at once shocking, then hilarious and ultimately thought-provoking. The brevity of the film is to its credit, making a good point in a very short amount of time, which somehow makes it funnier as well.

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