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The Aggression Scale [Blu-ray] (2012)

Ray Wise , Dana Ashbrook , Steven C. Miller  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ray Wise, Dana Ashbrook, Derek Mears
  • Directors: Steven C. Miller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007CZ37B0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,212 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When out-on-bail mob boss Bellavance (Ray Wise of ''Reaper'') discovers that $500,000 of his money is missing, he sends four hardcore hit men (including Dana Ashbrook of ''Twin Peaks'' and Derek Mears of FRIDAY THE 13TH) to send a ''loud and messy'' message to the suspected thieves' families. But when the killers invade the Rutledge home, they'll meet the household's emotionally disturbed young son Owen (Ryan Hartwig). Owen has a history of violent behavior, knows how to make lethal booby-traps and is about to teach these thugs some deadly lessons in extreme vengeance. Fabianne Therese co-stars in the savage thriller that stunned midnight audiences at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival and IndieWire called ''like HOME ALONE with more death!''

Bonus Feature: The Making of The Aggression Scale

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Home Alone meets Rambo. April 26, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Home Alone meets Rambo.

Steven C. Miller's "The Aggression Scale" starts with "bang!" as hitman Lloyd (Dana Ashbrook) sends a message with his shotgun.

We quickly learn that Lloyd has been sent by mob boss Mr. Bellevance (Twin Peak's Ray Wise) to find a large sum of stolen money. Lloyd and his fellow crew Chissolm (Derek Mears from Friday the 13th), Freddie (Jacob Reynolds from Gummo) and Wydofki ("the knife man" played by Jospeh McKelheer from The Hamiltons) kill a handful of people before finally arriving on the new doorsteps of the Rutledge family.

Bill (Boyd Kestner) and Maggie Rutledge (Lisa Rotondi) are recently married, each with a teenager from a previous relationship. Lauren (Fabianne Therese) is Maggie's troubled daughter, angry at having to move across the country to a new house with people she barely knows. But it is silent Owen Rutledge (Ryan Hartwig) who has the bigger issues...a fact that Lloyd and his boys are soon to discover for themselves when they kick in the door.

Dread Central.com calls The Aggression Scale "one of the more unusual and clever games of cat and mouse fans have ever experienced before."
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BULLY ME. MAKE MY DAY. May 12, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
A mob boss (Ray Wise) wants his stolen money back and everyone who might be involved, killed. He also wants proof which requires the use of a Polaroid (seriously?). After 3 people are snuffed we switch to the subplot. A family of four...recently married move into a new home. The son Owen is creepy and silent. He is interested in things that kill. Lauren (Fabianne Therese) is his 17 year-old step sister who showers with her back to the camera...end of eye candy.

It isn't hard to figure out how this grindhouse plot and family drama come together. When Owen gets a chance to escape, rather than take it...cue heavy metal music as the quiet teen opts to fight 4 grown armed men. In this "Home Alone" tale, Macaulay Culkin is a psycho, who, like a cat, likes to play with its prey before the kill.

Derek Mears, one of the bad guys has that creepy Michael Berryman look to him, but acts more like a pansy. I found his character to be darkly comical as things happen to him. Dana Ashbrook comes across as George Cloony light. Good old fashion home break-in with some new twists. Excellent blood splatter. "B" movie fun. I would have given the film 5 stars had they played Talking Heads "Psycho Killer."

F-bomb, no sex, no nudity (Fabianne Therese- side breast). pot smoking
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aggression way off the scale! August 25, 2012
Format:DVD
No two ways about it, this movie was awesome. I'll even say from start to finish on this, because the opening scenes definitely get your attention. Basically this movie is what Home Alone would have been like had Macaulay Culkin's character failed some anger management classes. Add to this premise one Dana Ashbrook who plays a menacing (and menaced!) villain and the ever awesome Ray Wise and the situation is complete. There's not much to say about creative camera angles, scrupulous sound editing, and innovative lighting. No, reader, this movie's strength is in the sheer cat-and-mouse suspense that inevitably and irresistibly builds, and yes, the ending is totally worth it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I'm going to try to NOT oversell the gritty indie "The Aggression Scale." This is a small, low-budget endeavor that succeeds on its own modest terms. But it is really best to keep your expectations in check, that way you might be pleasantly surprised. A hit at this year's SXSW Film Festival, "The Aggression Scale" tells a fairly simple story, allows for a slow build tension, and then packs a few terrifically unpleasant confrontations into its final act. But the less you know, the better. The movie is already being compared to another prominent and beloved film (both by the media and with other reviewers here). I'm not mentioning which movie, though. I happen to think that making this comparison devalues the twists that develop in the film's second half. I had been aware of this prior to seeing the film and as I watched the movie, I wished I hadn't known where exactly we were headed. In fact, I screened this with a friend and kept all secrets to myself. When things started happening, it had much more impact for him because he wasn't expecting anything in particular.

Truthfully, there's not much plot to director Steven C. Miller's third film. But guess what? It doesn't really matter. It's best not to scrutinize the film from an intellectual level, just hang on for the experience. I was no fan of his last movie, The Scream of the Banshee, which took a good idea and turned it into a most generic thriller. For me, "The Aggression Scale" definitely is a step in the right direction, but it's still quite rough around the edges. In this case, though, that works well for the movie which has a seventies exploitation type ambience. It's a gritty Grindhouse type of movie with loads of violence, a fascinating hero, menacing bad guys, and an occasional lapse of logic. But it works.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who says that crazy relative is a problem? June 17, 2012
Format:DVD
Picked up this movie despite the lack of reviews for it, but I frequently grab the strait to DVD releases. This movie is exactly why I take the risk of buying that type of movie... After watching this I can say it was worth the price. This film grabs you right from the opening scene and takes it's time revealing insight into the characters as the plot develops. I have to say my wife and i both enjoyed this thriller. Great tale of a twisted little kid that has some serious issues, but you will find yourself cheering him on as he does what McCauley Culkin never had the balls to do in the Home Alone movies. If you want a great thrill ride that is a little different, you gotta watch this one you wont be disappointed. Some good gore and some scenes that will make you cringe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this movie. It is so much different than other child hero movie.
Published 25 days ago by clayton s rowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 26 days ago by 1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great watch!
Clever, and brutal. A great watch!
Published 2 months ago by David M.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Aggression Scale
I really liked this movie. It kept my interest pretty much from the begining. This child may have had issues but his intelligence was certainly above scale. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Linda Davies
2.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - (...) - @tss5078
I really hate when they make movies like this one, because there is absolutely no point to the whole thing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Todd Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Filmed in Rochester, NY & surrounding area.
I watched this interesting, low budget movie last night. Interesting to me because it was filmed in Rochester, NY & the surrounding areas (Finger Lakes, Macedon, Victor &... Read more
Published 9 months ago by M. P. Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars The Aggression Scale [Blu-ray]
Surprisingly good for fairly unknown movie. As others have said it is like a hardcore Home Alone. A mob boss gets out of prison and wants bloody revenge on those that put him in... Read more
Published 14 months ago by C. A. Luster
5.0 out of 5 stars a real surprised ending
i bought this movie thinking that it was about something different than what it was, once i got in to it there was no stopping me until i had watched it to the end,i enjoyed it... Read more
Published 14 months ago by the smoothog
5.0 out of 5 stars House Warming Party...
In THE AGGRESSION SCALE, its all about the kid. His name is Owen (Ryan Hartwig), and he's a troubled teen. He has deep, disturbing behavioral issues. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie by an upcoming horror director.
this was definitely a surprise. i bought this only seeing Miller's other work of "Silent Night" and this one will not disappoint you. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jarrod Curtis
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