Blade (1998, dir. Stephen Norrington)

A vampire/human hybrid and his mentor/armourer battle an oncoming vampire apocalypse. Pacy and slick, this is a superior early Marvel adaptation with lots to recommend it, not least committed playing from the principals, and some scenes of genuine imagination.

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995, dir. Geoff Murphy)

Second and better of the Casey Ryback movies, this time it’s Die Hard on a train, with Seagal versus a locomotive full of bad hombres led by a gleeful Eric Bogosian. Everett McGill in badass support doing the best Red Grant impression ever.

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.