The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • 2017
  • UK / Ireland
  • 1h 49min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Alicia Silverstone

Steven (Farrell) is a cardiac surgeon who finds himself being stalked by a creepy teenager, martin (Keoghan); then Steven’s family is threatened with an inexplicable sickness. Lanthimos’s trademark deadpan dialogue and dark humour exist alongside distressing flashes of cruelty. Chilling, powerful and disturbing.

Read review or watch trailer

Performance times

This film is not currently showing in cinemas.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (15)

Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned surgeon who presides over a spotless household with his wife (Nicole Kidman) and two children. Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin, a fatherless teen who insinuates himself into the doctor’s life in gradually unsettling ways. Soon, the full scope of Martin’s intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter his domestic bliss forever.

Text supplied by third party.

Reviews & features

Barry Keoghan says acting is therapeutic to him

3 Sep 2018

Film gossip

Barry Keoghan says becoming an actor has been very "therapeutic" for him. The 25-year-old Irish actor achieved notoriety playing Martin Lang in Yorgos Lanthimos' 2017 psychological horror 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer', an American teenager exacting…

Colin Farrell says he underestimated Barry Keoghan

3 Sep 2018

Film gossip

Colin Farrell admits he initially underestimated his 'Killing of a Sacred Deer' co-star Barry Keoghan. The 42-year-old actor has conceded he made the mistake of judging the 25-year-old star – whose mother died of a drug overdose – based on his…

Yorgos Lanthimos proud to shock with Sacred Deer

8 Nov 2017

Film gossip

Yorgos Lanthimos isn't bothered if people call 'Killing of a Sacred Deer' "disturbing". The 44-year-old filmmaker helmed the new psychological thriller starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman, but admitted he finds it strange that people are…

Nicole Kidman: The Killing of a Sacred Deer is the strangest movie

1 Nov 2017

Film gossip

Nicole Kidman thinks 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' is the strangest film she has worked on. The 50-year-old actress admits she wondered "every day" how they were going to make the film work but praised director Yorgos Lanthimos for guiding her and…

Colin Farrell got down filming Killing of a Sacred Deer

1 Nov 2017

Film gossip

Colin Farrell took "five or six days off" after filming the thriller 'Killing of a Sacred Deer' because he felt down due to the movie's "bleak core". The 41-year-old actor stars as surgeon Steven Murphy in the new psychological thriller by Yorgos…

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

24 May 20174 stars

Cannes 2017: Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman star in Yorgos Lanthimos's twisted horror

The first film that springs to mind when watching this deeply disturbing psychological horror from director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, Dogtooth) is Cronenberg's Dead Ringers. In the opening scene, a beating heart is laid out on the operating table…

Alicia Silverstone bags role in Killing Of A Sacred Deer

23 Aug 2016

Film gossip

Alicia Silverstone has been confirmed to be joining the cast of 'Killing Of A Sacred Deer'. The 39-year-old 'Clueless' actress will join the likes of Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman in the cast of the psychological drama, which will be directed by…

Nicole Kidman eyed to join Colin Farrell in Killing of a Sacred Deer

16 Jun 2016

Film gossip

Nicole Kidman is in talks to star in 'Killing of a Sacred Deer' as Colin Farrell's love interest. The 48-year-old beauty is in final negotiations for a role in the psychological thriller alongside the 40-year-old Irish actor, who will also reunite…

The Killing of a Sacred Deer Trailer

Tell us more about this listing.