It was a different era, a different time in American culture. Sam Peckinpah's 1971 'Straw Dogs' arguably has become a classic. It was a controversial film when it was released because of its depiction of a sexual assault.
Its dripping sense of menace still feels socially relevant, not only in terms of how quiet men can only be pushed so far and how much trouble they might bring upon themselves but also by illustrating what women can wear and when.
The bristling hostility between the fancy-pants outsider and the local rednecks taps into the fractious culture wars currently being waged between America's West and East coast liberals and its heartland conservatives.
Watchable, if largely pointless remake enlivened by a strong cast and an impressively staged third act, though it drags a little in the middle section and slightly sanitises the impact of the original film.