Cold In July (2014, dir. Jim Mickle)

After killing an intruder, a family man’s life spirals out of control. Splendid 80s-set thriller with a John Carpenter vibe, this version of an early Joe R Lansdale novel consistently wrong-foots the audience while meditating on the effects of violence.

 

Nerve (2016, dir. Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman)

A young photographer becomes part of a pop-up viral game where contestants complete dares for money. Slick and great-looking social media thriller which plays with a number of contemporary tensions, and makes New York feel like a European capital city.

13 (2010, dir. Géla Babluani)

A desperate young man stumbles into a murderous gambling game. Okay English-language remake of the director’s own 13 Tzameti with a solid cast of character actors doing something a bit different, though the well-known faces impact on narrative tension.

Clear and Present Danger (1994, dir. Phillip Noyce)

Jack Ryan v the drug cartels. Second and better of the Ford/Noyce Tom Clancy adaptations, Danger works well as both a procedural thriller and an action piece, and isn’t afraid to make the good guys complicit.

The Lazarus Effect (2015, dir. David Gelb)

Attempts to create a serum to reanimate the dead go predictably awry. Flatliners meets Lucy in this by-the-numbers lab-bound horror/thriller in which a decent cast try their best to get through a rote script.