American mathematician David Sumner moves with his wife, Amy, to the isolated Cornish town where she grew up. Their presence provokes antagonism among the village men. The pacifistic David resorts to the gruesome violence he abhors when the savagery instensifies.
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Peckinpah easily topped the controversy he received from The Wild Bunch with this gut wrenching thriller about a pacifist who is out of his element and pushed to his limits. This was Peckinpah's Deliverance and it is a far superior film to the aforementioned one.
Exploitation action flick filtered through Peckinpah's cynical lens. It shook me up and made me hate myself for rooting for any side. Where is the salvation? Who is our hero? What do we really have? Only peckinpah can make rape more disturbing than Gasper Noe.
Sam Peckinpah's visceral thriller about a mild mannered American who, after moving to England with his wife to get away from violence, is forced to defend his home from a raging lynch mob after his wife is raped. Powerfully directed and edited, STRAW DOGS is a harrowing and morally ambiguous exploration on ideas of justice and revenge that remains every bit as potent and relevant today as it was in 1971.
Rewatched this tonight for the first time in some time. The claustrophic suspense of the last 40 min holds up REALLY WELL for an older film like this. I can't think of a better home invasion sequence (except for FUNNY GAMES.... either version). Hoffman's best performance. I won't go into the rape scene or the politics of the film ( a whole other discussion) but as a film experience that wants to jar you..a success.
A unique viewing experience and one that is not going to be enjoyable for most anyone who watches (hopefully!). Even so, as a horror movie it works on many levels, with enough there to be watched and analyzed numerous times. It is among Peckinpah's best.