Aliens (1986, dir. James Cameron)

57 years later, Ellen Ripley faces the xenomorphs again. Superlative sequel, balancing the body horror shocks of the original with military action, suspense, and a then-voguish Vietnam War aftermath aesthetic.

Jason Bourne (2016, dir. Paul Greengrass)

Jason Bourne resurfaces to deal with his past. Fifth in the franchise after the side-step of Legacy finds Bourne on top form; a story-light and linear but propulsive visually-driven action thriller, designed more as a sensory experience than narrative.

Maniac (2012, dir. Franck Khalfoun)

A mother-obsessed mannequin restorer goes on a killing spree. A proficient and times stylish remake of the 1980 original, though it adds little except a tidier narrative and well-handled use of subjective camera; not enough to justify its existence.

Maniac (1980, dir. William Lustig)

A mother-obsessed New York loner goes on a killing spree. De Palma-ish slasher, with the expected Hitchcock and giallo references. Maniac works because of its grubby style, its still-effective gore, decent direction, and a sweaty central performance.