May 20, 2012

The Aggression Scale (2012)

(aka Don't Fuck With the Creepy Kids)
Release Date: On DVD & VOD May 29th.
Country: USA
Written by: Ben Powell
Directed by: Steven C. Miller
Starring: Ray Wise, Dana Ashbrook, Derek Mears, Fabianne Therese and Ryan Hartwig.
What do you get when you cast two former Twin Peaks stars, the new Jason Voorhees, a hot and delinquent jailbait chick, a creepy mute kid with anger issues, and the weird kid from Gummo?

You get a pretty good little Thriller, that's what.

FYI: That is NOT fear in his eyes!
The Aggression Scale is the story of a mobster who has been ripped off to the tune of $500,000, and just how unhappy about it he truly is. So unhappy is he, that he sends his meanest and toughest Hitmen out to kill anyone who may have been involved in the pilfering, and find his money. More than anything else, he wants to set an example, you see. He's not just all about the money... but he still wants it.

Yep, that's Bobby from Twin Peaks. He grew up mean.
Meanwhile, a Father moves his family to a remote country house with the promise of a new beginning... hey, wait a minute, does this somehow have to do with the mobster and his missing money? Looks like Daddy is a moron, and his poor, unsuspecting family is about to pay the price for his stupidity.

Aah, the love scene!
All is not lost though; the family has a secret weapon in the fight against the wily Hitmen, and it comes in the form of a silent, unassuming son with anger issues (on a massive scale.) You see where this is all going, don't you? Four Hitmen vs. Anger Boy! To be fair, his sister helps out too, but she mostly just screams while Junior works out the nasty business. The adult version of Home Alone ensues.

If she wasn't returned dirty, someone did it wrong.
Movies like this usually tend to be easily dismissible. I mean, low-budget Thrillers that try to be clever and edgy aren't even worth a dime a dozen these days, because they're everywhere, and in vast abundance. The Agression Scale manages to be better than its own trappings though, giving us an enjoyable and effective revenge Thriller. It's a great premise that is well executed, from script to director's chair.

When they run, she jiggles. It added to the tension.
It took us about 30 minutes to realize that the main killer in the movie was Dana Ashbrook from Twin Peaks. That lucky bastard got to bang Laura Palmer and her hot friend! Anywho, he was pretty convincing as the heavy in this one, and definitely carried his weight. It was also nice to see Derek Mears out of a mask for once while doing his thing. He's quite the menacing figure.

We expected a little more from the silent kid. We kept waiting for the violence to go over the top and to be astonished by the brutality unleashed by this cute and innocent-looking kid, but it never quite got that crazy. Don't get us wrong, he was plenty violent and murderous, it just wasn't as "holy shit!" as we thought it would be. It's a fairly small complaint, but we just wanted more. Also, we're greedy.

Kid has issues.
There's plenty of shotgun/gun violence, stabbing, bashing, limb breaking, hand skewering, and bloody booby-trap laying to satisfy those who need a gory fix. The Aggression Scale definitely scores highly on The Violence Scale.

"Shh, shh... it only hurts the first time. Now bite down!"
We came so close to seeing Fabianne Therese naked, but alas, a wet, naked back in the shower is all that we got. There's some side boob involved too, but whatever. It was all a teasing cop-out!

Wet and scared, that's our favorite kind.
The Aggression Scale is a solid little revenge Thriller, that surprised us with its quality. It's nice to find a "smaller" flick that has a decent level of quality to it, as those seem to be a rarity in this day and Horror age. A good cast, a good script, and some fun bloodshed make this one a definite must see. Give it a rent or grab the DVD when it becomes available on May 29th.

It's a solid B.

Fabianne Therese is a hot little banger, and we can't wait to see more of her in John Dies at the End. It's really odd when we look at her name though, because all we see is "Fabreze" only with an "s" instead of a "z." We're kinda hoping that's her street name. If it's not, it should be.

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