11. Blue Ruin
Starring: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray and Amy Hargreaves
Synopsis: A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Blue Ruin is a classic American revenge story, borrowing themes from film noir to add a tremendous amount of ingenuity to the movie. Blue Ruin has a dark sense of humour running throughout that adds suspense to the already gripping and desperate lead character. An incredibly violent tale, it avoids drawing too much on the glorification of bloodshed, instead relying on it’s ability to unnerve its audience within the confines of human horror. — James Arthur Armstrong