Police are on strike in Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada which means a lot of scum are loose on the streets. A two bit criminal gang of selfrighteous homophobic bullies start some trouble in a gay bar named the Crypt and by accident the bartender is killed, and the leader of the crew then decides to execute all witnesses. One patron manages to escape and these guys don’t want any witnesses. A chase ensues and a couple of friendly people who are working at an intstitute for disabled young people let him in and thats where it goes all wrong. The gang wants the witness and the friendly people dont plan turning him over. What follows is the gang trying to siege the building and the people inside have to defend themselfs all night.
The bad guys have some super cool toys and really cool guns. Special credit should go to Doug Lennox, who plays Cabe, the ice-cold leader of the vigilantes. His stern, chiselled features can give you the creeps, spelling out mayhem and doom for all crossing his path. He is the big boss’s right hand man and is such a gas you think he came directly out of an ass.
Despite having been filmed on a shoestring budget, the film has more atmosphere than your average Hollywood thriller. That’s partly due to the claustrophobic settings, decaying buildings and dark alleyways but mainly it’s the chemistry between the actors that makes this film so enjoyable. Some solid action and it had me on the edge of my seat a couple of times. Siege motors along at a fast pace, no lulls, just scene upon scene of intense cat n mouse between a gang of murderous thugs n a group of people. Simple story buy a classic must see before you die movie for sure.
The opening scenes in Self Defense are filmed with a crisp clarity, with outdoors shots of nighttime city streets and alleys looking particularly handsome in cool, metallic blues. A very 1980’s synth score adds additional atmosphere and this movie would make John Carpenter’s ego bigger.
Siege is a great entry in the urban survivalist home invasion sub-genre. Similiar movies this remionded me of: this film include: Straw Dogs (1971 & 2011), Panic Room (2002), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976 & 2005), Purge (2013), Escape from New York (1981), The Warriors (1979), Class of 1984 (1982), The Strangers (2008), You’re Next (2011), Hush (2016), Them (2006), Preservation (2014), Sorry Wrong Number (1948), When a Stranger Calls (1979 & 2006), Wait Until Dark (1967), Suddenly (1954), Funny Games (1997). That should keep you busy for a while.
I watched this on YouTube in 11 parts that didnt include the 11th part, the ending. Bummer! There is one new copy on Ebay at the time of this writing for $150 or best offer. What a fun great movie and I wish I had it in my collection. The rarity makes it that much better