Rewind Review: 2012’s ‘The Aggression Scale’


Last year’s crowd-pleaser You’re Next brought the Home-Invasion sub-genre of Horror back to the forefront.

A great film in this same category (that not many people seem to have seen, but should) is 2012’s The Aggression Scale, directed by Steven C. Miller.

Read my review after the jump.

Official Synopsis:  Four heavily armed hitmen and two unusual teenagers go to war over $500,000 of stolen cash.


The Aggression Scale can be accurately described in one sentence with an inevitable comparison:  It’s like Home Alone for grown ups.  And I mean this as a total compliment.  It’s a fun, almost giddy romp—but The Aggression Scale is no child’s tale.  Substitute Macauley Culkin’s Kevin for Owen, a brooding teen with psychotic tendencies and a knack for making deadly booby-traps, and 4 tough-as-nails killers instead of a couple bumbling crooks and you’re getting the idea.

Besides that, there isn’t a whole lot to say without giving stuff away.


Ryan Hartwig is great as Owen, the mute one-man militia.  Fabianne Therese who plays his sister, is annoying at first with all of her whining and blubbering, but it makes her transformation all the more bad-ass when she finally rises to the occasion.  Other standouts are Dana Ashbrook as the suave hitman Lloyd and, of course, Ray Wise is perfect as the unhinged mob-boss Bellavance.

The Aggression Scale is the kind of guilty pleasure that you can actually feel good about.  Because in spite of all the blood and violence, it’s an action movie and a buddy film, and it won’t leave you feeling rattled or devastated like many Horror offerings are likely to do (like The Strangers or Inside).

Deserving of recognition as one of the best Home-Invasion flicks of the past few years, The Aggression Scale is an easy recommendation.

3.5 out of 5 Skull Heads

Trailer: HERE

Directed by Steven C. Miller
Produced by Travis Stevens
Screenplay by Ben Powell
Starring Ray Wise
Dana Ashbrook
Derek Mears
Fabianne Therese
Ryan Hartwig
Music by Kevin Riepl
Cinematography Jeff Dolen
Editing by Steven C. Miller
Studio Snowfort Pictures
Distributed by Anchor Bay Films
Release dates
  • May 29, 2012

About Saucy Josh

I write a blog for intelligent Horror movie aficionados called Blood and Guts for Grown Ups: View all posts by Saucy Josh

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