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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007CZ37B0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,918 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!''

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This movie was a thriller and I really felt that it was a very good movie.
S. Hill
I really hate when they make movies like this one, because there is absolutely no point to the whole thing.
Todd Smith
Not wanting to leave witnesses, they also kill each person they come into contact with.
Mark Turner

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on 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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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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Travis Stevens on 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Cossaboon on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dayna Newman/Slasher Diva on June 6, 2012
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I had no idea I was going to love this movie so much ,I mean I really love it.
The story itself is great ,yes I read all the references about Home Alone and it's true, it's very Home Alone Meets Toy Soldiers but much much more brutal.
For the synopsis you can read the one given. It's unnecessary reading in a review if it's already given.

The characters of Owen and Lauren 'Ryan Hartwig'and 'Fabianne Therese' were so intriguing and their acting was amazing.
They played perfectly off one another as newly not yet adapted step brother and step sister.

I loved watching the chemistry between them and seeing how her trust in him grows and blossoms.
Owen's genius and raw ability to inflict violence was in itself perfectly paced and brilliant to watch.

The fact that the intruders walked into the house blind to the time bomb that is Owen let you know you were in for a great ride.It did not disappoint.Owen's methodical planning and execution of his traps and justice were like that of Home alone but done with the mind of a child that blows pins out of a straw to kill insects and hits the target dead on.

The violence is plentiful,it's not extremely gory but it is very bloody and brutal.
I watched it on demand and immediately bought the Blu Ray.
The ending is one that I had to rewind 3 times so I could revisit it again and again.
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