The Aggression Scale has been available on DVD for quite a while but I just now finally scrubbed together a few bucks to watch it. Aggression Scale is directed by Steven C. Miller who first came on my radar with Automaton Tranfusion which was a great film with the worst video grain effect every applied to a film.
Automaton made me seasick and I had to turn it off. I earned massive respect for Steven when he read my read and didn’t act like a prima donna Steven explained that ‘film grain vomit inducing effect’ and was super cool about it which is so rare and refreshing that even though I hated the film I really like the director.
Steven Millers latest foray into the horror genre is best described as Home Alone meets The Strangers with a little bit of Halloween and a splash of Last House on the Left thrown in for good measure. Hows that for a combination?
When out-on-bail mob boss Bellavance played by Ray Wise discovers that $500,000 of his money is missing, he sends four hardcore hit men (including Derek Mears) to send a “loud and messy” message to the suspected thieves’ families.
But when the killers invade the Rutledge home, they quickly find out why the money was stolen, to buy the freedom of Owen ( played by Ryan Hartwig ). Owen you see is an Autistic nightmare with an Aggression Scale rating of 99.5 out of 100. Whats that you ask? It means his likely hood of inflicting incredible suffering and pain is pretty much a sure thing. Think Michael Meyers level f*ck you up and leave you in the basement vomiting into your own intestines.
Ryan Hartwig is a stud in this movie and turns in an incredible performance. If you have seen The Thompsons then you have seen him before but otherwise he is a relative unknown whom directors and producers should be looking much closer at for future work. He steals the show turning in one of the best and most psychotic performances of the last decade without uttering a single word.
Fabianne Therese also co-stars and turns in a great performance proving that sometimes you can have a pretty face and still turn in a power house performance. I like to bag on Hollywood for casting white teeth and big breasts in their lead roles and I have no idea how white Fabianne’s teeth are and I am certainly not going to ask her ‘real or fake’ but I will say she was an excellent match with Ryan Hartwig and was really able to pull you into her character and her fear was palpable just as Ryan’s insanity was intoxicating.
I am never one to give away plot in my reviews and I apologize for giving away so much but I have to say that this is by far one of the best films of 2012 and one that nobody I know has even seen yet which is just down right tragic. It’s a shame when only a select few elite bloggers have seen a movie of this calibre. This movie has ‘classic’ written all over it for fans of classic old school horror and its an absolute shame that its gotten very little fanfare in our massive community; until now!
Clearly we were not able to do our part in spreading word since nobody bothered to hit us up for a review. Seriously why do some Studios not want to talk to us? Is it because we are just average joes?
The Aggression Scale is a balls to the walls festival of carnage with a fantastic story, a great cast and one of the best heroes of all time. Everyone fears mob enforcers but when your Aggression scale is 99.5 out of 100 then mob enforcers are about as scary as a kindergarten picnic lunch.
I have nothing bad to say about this film. The minor plot points that did not work are more then compensated for with the overall quality of the film. Considering how hard I was on Automaton Transfusion I am very pleased to have thoroughly enjoyed a horror movie by one of the nicest guys I have ‘tweeted’ with on Twitter. Buy it for $12.00 on Amazon its worth it.