The Aggression Scale
On DVD & Blu-Ray 03 Sep 2012
When film makers have a modest budget and an audience to strike fear into, they can safely reach for the tried and true Home Invasion plot. Cheap and low cost ingredients include:
- A decently sized family home that provides enough space for aggressors and victims to scamper about doing horrible things to each other.
- A nice, average family. OK, someone might hold a dark secret, but in general we need a nice unit who don’t know what’s about to hit them.
- A group of wicked thugs who don’t just want a place to hide out, to do a hit on someone or rob the place, but take a sadist delight in their work (for the ultimate, brain scrambling take on this… See the 70s Grindhouse atrocity Fight For Your Life).
- A turning point where the invaded party can take no more. A moment of snapping. A sudden change of atmosphere where the audience suddenly realises that the tables are turning and the hunted are becoming the hunters.
- A series of improvised traps and weapons that the harassed family can bring to bear upon the invaders. Anything where a spike goes through a dudes foot will do.
- A coda where the violated family realize they to are now savages and life will never be the same again.
The Aggression Scale is this years most vicious entry in the home invasion genre.
Pulling no punches and taking no prisons, it violently riffs on vanilla family fare like Home Alone, imagining a scenario where genuine threat is present and the bad guys bleed and die when they get assaulted. Merciless criminals, two-faced debtors who keep secrets from their loved ones, pathetic victims, strong willed psycho kids with enough bloodlust vengeance pumping through them to kill an Ox. This is what the genre requires and The Aggression Scale delivers:
“The Aggression Scale is a superior home invasion thriller. It’s a good popcorn flick. It kept me highly entertained the whole time. It’s not groundbreaking, but it’s a fun and enjoyable movie. It’s well worth a rental.” – SHOCK TILL YOU DROP
“I expected very little. Even looking over the cover and synopsis, I assumed I was getting yet another in a long line of torture porn style home-invasion flicks, so, needless to say, it didn’t exactly get my juices flowing. Once the flick started, though, I immediately got an entirely different vibe from it – one that reminded me of those great, uncompromising uber-violent 70s crime flicks, and, from then on, The Aggression Scale completely won me over.” HORROR VIEW