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: Ethan Hawke continues his genre side-career with this home-invasion horror picture (following last fall's Sinister
and preceding late summer's thriller Getaway
) with the ludicrous but appealingly Twilight Zone
-y premise that America has made all crime legal for one night each year, with which to purge our basest instincts. It's the worst night, in other words, to let strangers into your house and drawing the wrath of other, more marauding strangers. Writer-director James DeMonaco wrote the not-bad remake of Assault on Precinct 13
that brought Hawke into the occasional action-thriller-horror fold; he also wrote the Francis Ford Coppola/Robin Williams collabo Jack
, so there's some more horror experience. Horror movies never seem to do big business in the summer, but they can't all come out in January and October, can they?