How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of low-life burglar Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben, rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge.
Based on the novel by Joe R. Lansdale this southern pulp thriller sees Michael C. Hall’s debut as a leading role in a feature film with supporting roles from Sam Shepard and Don Johnson.
To celebrate COLD IN JULY releasing on DVD, Blu-ray and On Demand this week, we decided to compile a top ten list of the best home invasions seen in film.
1. Home Alone –
The McCallister’s have planned their Christmas holiday in Florida. On the morning of their flight they sleep through their alarm and in the rush fail to notice their 8 year-old son, Kevin isn’t with them on the way to the airport. As Kevin celebrates his new found freedom he soon has to defend his home against a couple of bungling burglars out to ruin Christmas.
2. Panic Room –
When a mother and her diabetic daughter move to a new house they discover it has a panic room. When three thieves break-in they are forced to take refuge and fight for their lives as the thieves search for a hidden fortune.
3. Dial M for Murder –
Tony (Ray Willand) discovers his wife, Margot (Grace Kelly) is having an affair with crime-fiction writer Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings) and plans to have her murdered in their own home. When the plan is foiled and the police become involved Tony attempts to cover his tracks. Hitchcock at his finest.
4. Straw Dogs –
In this psychological thriller Dustin Hoffman must defend his wife and new home in rural England from violent local harassment.
5. Cape Fear –
When a convicted felon, Max Cady (Robert De Niro) is released from prison after serving a fourteen year sentence he seeks out his defense lawyer Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte) after it emerges he hid evidence during the trial that could have resulted in his acquittal. Max intends on teaching Sam and his family a lesson in loss.
6. A Clockwork Orange –
This dystopian near-future psychological thriller set in Britain is typically Kubrick, with controversial overtones and a lack of discrimination when it comes to on-screen violence. When Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) volunteers for experimental aversion therapy while in prison he develops an overpowering disposition for ‘ultra-violence’.
7. A Bug’s Life –
When Flik accidently destroys the food gathering with one of his inventions he takes it upon himself to seek a band of ‘warriors’ to stop the grasshoppers led by Hopper and save his colony. Features one of the most terrifying moments in Pixar animation, at least for children anyway.
8. Law Abiding Citizen –
Law Abiding Citizen follows the story of Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) a man who lost his wife and child. After one of the murderers agrees a plea bargain with the defence attorney Clyde brings swift and personal justice upon the system from inside prison.
9. Hostage –
When a family is innocently taken hostage in their own home by three men Jeff Talley (Bruce Willis), a cop and ex-hostage negotiator is first on the scene. As the situation worsens he becomes personally involved when outside sources threaten his family.
10. Olympus Has Fallen –
When the President of the United States is taken hostage in the White House Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) works with outside national security personnel to rescue him and other staff. Using his inside knowledge as an ex-Secret Serviceman the terrorists are dealt with in true American action flick style.
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