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To celebrate the upcoming release of the new psychological terror-filled tale Straw Dogs, Dread Central has decided to take a look back at movie characters who, like that film’s David Sumner, have been pushed too far.

How far would you go when pushed to your breaking point?” Over the years some great films have forced audiences to ask that question of themselves, and the chilling Straw Dogs, hitting theaters on September 16th, will do the same.

When we think of a movie character pushed too far, the man who comes immediately to mind is Michael Douglas’ William Foster from Falling Down (If the guy would have just given him change for the phone). Douglas is simply brilliant as “D-Fens”. His seething anger radiates from the film as he begins to become unraveled one piece at a time until his final bloody demise.

How about Travis Bickle? Perhaps Martin Scorsese’s most disturbed character, Robert DeNiro’s Taxi Driver psycho Bickle is an unbalanced Vietnam vet who hates the world he sees around him. He’s infuriated and disgusted by New York’s diseased underbelly, including a 12-year-old prostitute named Iris (played by Jodie Foster in the role that inspired John Hinckley, Jr., to attempt to assassinate President Reagan). The debauchery of the city inspires Bickle into a suicide mission hoping to save just one person from the merciless streets of the city.

Early in his career Wes Craven was masterful at pushing characters to their breaking points. In his first film, The Last House on the Left, released in 1972, Craven led two very innocent parents to the brink of insanity as they came to the realization their daughter had been murdered and the perpetrators were in their house. Crazed by grief, they exact their revenge with everything from chainsaws to the most painful blow job of all time.

Craven followed up that landmark film with another in his second directorial effort, The Hills Have Eyes. Although set in a very different location, Hills again takes the average man and attacks his moral boundaries. The iconic final scene of the once-civilized Doug uncontrollably stabbing Mars, thus losing his grip on reality, speaks volumes.

You true film aficionados will certainly remember the name of Major Charles Rane. Here we have a character who truly suffered. In the 1977 film Rolling Thunder William Devane plays Major Rane, a Vietnam prisoner of war in Hanoi, who returns home to find his wife (thinking Rane dead) engaged to another man and a young son who doesn’t even remember him. From there thugs attack Rane, mangling his hand in a garbage disposal and killing his family. This is a man pushed too far. He simply enlists a young Tommy Lee Jones and takes care of business, Hanoi style. If you missed this one, go back and check it out!

And it’s not always men who get pushed beyond the breaking point. Jennifer Hills, the lead character in I Spit on Your Grave, certainly falls into this category. Sadistically raped and abused, Jennifer manages to recover from her violation and track down her attackers for retribution. Day of the Woman, indeed!

Other women who were pushed to the edge include the insanely abused Lucie from Martyrs, pregnant Sarah from the French film Inside and Yasmine from Frontier(s). All these women were abused into insanity, leading to unspeakable actions.

Things haven’t changed in recent films. Pushing the limits of the mind has always been an enthralling subject, and that holds true today. The uber-controversial A Serbian Film introduces us to Milos, a semi-retired porn star who takes on a somewhat suspicious final role. The absolute picture of a man who has fallen over the edge is illustrated on Milos’ face during the beheading scene, shortly after he is drugged and mindless. Milos is backed into a corner by the heartless director, Vukmir. He is trapped, and his rage is brilliantly captured by Srdjan Todorovic in A Serbian Film.

And who better to use as our final man pushed over the edge than the Hobo himself? Like Travis Bickle and William Foster, the Hobo With a Shotgun is disgusted by the depravity he sees in ‘Scum Town’ and decides to take matters into his own hands. And mimicking Bickle, Rutger Hauer’s surly, blood-letting Hobo focuses his rage on saving one girl from the hopelessness offered by the city. He may not be a young man, but Hobo With a Shotgun proves that pushing a man too far, at any age, can have seriously bloody repercussions.

Pushed to the Breaking Point: Top Scenes in HorrorWhich brings us back to Straw Dogs, a film that forces us to look at ourselves and contemplate what we would do if faced with the same situation we see unfolding on the screen before us. Audiences can look forward to an intensely disturbing story when Straw Dogs, directed by Rod Lurie and starring James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, James Woods, Dominic Purcell and Alexander Skarsgard, hits theaters on September 16th.

Pushed to the Breaking Point: Top Scenes in Horror

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In one of the most unexpected announcements of the week, the Predator will be arriving in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands tomorrow as part in the form of a free DLC event titled “The Hunt”, which will last until early January. The event can either be played solo or in co-op, and if you are able to take down a Predator (which Ubisoft have promised won’t be easy), you’ll be rewarded with a ton of cool shit, including the Predator’s thermal vision helmet.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands was released to positive reviews back in March,with particular praise going towards the huge open world. Meanwhile, we’ll next be seeing the vicious alien hunters on the big screen when The Predator arrives on August 3, 2018.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands: The Hunt Official Synopsis:
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A new free mission is available for all players: The Predator hids in the Wildlands and he comes to find a new challenger. Hunt him and beat him in the hardest fight you ever known to get exclusive rewards!

New Predator contents are also available:
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I’m going to let you guys into a bit of my life here and let you know that I am basically in a constant state of kicking myself for not having found the time to watch a single episode of Netflix’s “The Punisher” solo series.

I love the f*cking Punisher and I think Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of Frank Castle is quite possibly the best version (love ya, Tom Jane) of the character we have ever seen on screen.

Big or small.

It’s with this in mind that we wanted to share the awesome news the Netflix has officially given “The Punisher” the greenlight for season 2!

Yes, Frank Castle will be back to shoot more people in the back of the face sooner than later. The announcement was made recently on Facebook and you can check out the post below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know what you thought of the first season of Netflix’s “The Punisher” solo series in the comments below or on social media!

“The Punisher” is executive produced by showrunner Steve Lightfoot, Jim Chory, and Jeph Loeb. The series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

The cast features Jon Bernthal, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Deborah Ann Woll, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, Michael Nathanson, Jaime Ray Newman, Jason R Moore, and Paul Schulze.

Synopsis:
After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.

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