Movies where the locals kill (or try to kill) the interlopers?
March 24, 2014 10:03 AM   Subscribe

Please suggest some movies where the local residents kill (or try to kill) unwanted outsiders. If known, what motivated the locals to do so?

The locals might or might not have been provoked. In Southern Comfort, the outsiders (a National Guard unit) had antagonized the indigenous Cajuns by vandalizing and stealing their property. June 9 involved country people killing a group of obnoxious kids who had been coming into their area and harassing them. But in Vacancy, the outsiders are targeted by locals who profiteer by selling homemade snuff films. Likewise, the mountain men were trying to rob and rape the city boys canoeing down the river in Deliverance.

(Let's assume I've searched "tropes" and IMDB.)

Thank you for any suggestions!
posted by 99percentfake to Media & Arts (42 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Red Dawn, Russians invade the US.
posted by Confess, Fletch at 10:04 AM on March 24 [2 favorites]

Starship Troopers, from the bugs' point of view?
posted by JoeZydeco at 10:08 AM on March 24 [1 favorite]

The Wicker Man. Because of their pagan beliefs.
posted by bearwife at 10:12 AM on March 24 [4 favorites]

Straw Dogs.
posted by zer0render at 10:17 AM on March 24 [4 favorites]

Kevin Smith's "Red State," because of religious fanaticism.
posted by steinsaltz at 10:19 AM on March 24 [1 favorite]

Didn't that happen in Silent Hill?
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 10:21 AM on March 24 [1 favorite]

Troll 2!
posted by jozxyqk at 10:23 AM on March 24 [2 favorites]

The Hills Have Eyes - locals are not nice chaps
Avatar - outsiders are not nice chaps
Straw Dogs (1971) - Director has a dim view of Cornish people

You could look at a few westerns and contemporary westerns where the locals finally decide they have had enough and band together to kick out the outsiders.
posted by biffa at 10:24 AM on March 24 [3 favorites]

Hot Fuzz?
posted by Admiral Haddock at 10:26 AM on March 24 [12 favorites]

posted by Huffy Puffy at 10:29 AM on March 24 [1 favorite]

Two Thousand Maniacs: "Six people are lured into a small Deep South town for a Centennial celebration where the residents proceed to kill them one by one as revenge for the town's destruction during the Civil War". -IMdB.
posted by goml at 10:45 AM on March 24 [1 favorite]

any war movie ever?
posted by edgeways at 10:50 AM on March 24 [1 favorite]

Zulu (1964) - Native Zulu tribe reacts to colonialism, told from the perspective of the colonialist.

Wrong Turn - One of many variations of The Hills Have Eyes, where big city outsiders stumble into a nest of mutant rednecks. Told from the perspective of the college kids.
posted by codacorolla at 10:50 AM on March 24 [1 favorite]

300 - Spartans try to hold off the Persian invaders
Cowboys & Aliens - cowboys versus space aliens
posted by fuse theorem at 10:52 AM on March 24 [1 favorite]

One I just watched called In Fear. I don't want to spoil much, but I'll say that for your criteria it's closer to Vacancy than Southern Comfort.
posted by doctornecessiter at 11:01 AM on March 24 [1 favorite]

Dances With Wolves - the U.S. settlers and army are invading the Lakota's land
Attack the Block - local street gang vs. alien invaders
Tomorrow, When the War Began - local kids vs. invading army
posted by gudrun at 11:04 AM on March 24 [2 favorites]

The Raid: Redemption and the recent Judge Dredd are recent action-y movies where this happens.
posted by thewumpusisdead at 11:25 AM on March 24 [1 favorite]

Isn't it a theme in kung fu movies and other East Asian media that imperial/central government military or otherwise more cosmopolitan tough guys come in and try to dominate an area with conventional force, but are defeated by the guerilla tactics of the peasant martial arts practitioners or of the monks from the local monastery, etc., who melt away into the countryside and avoid reprisals when pinned down by overwhelming numbers?

(Except for the protagonist-hero being captured by the baddies, which usually prompts the ancient martial arts practitioner who taught him everything he knows, who had sworn to never fight again, to participate in the uprising and personally defeat an unfeasible number of bad guys to free the hero and reunite him with the love interes.)

See also: the British are always the bad guys.
posted by XMLicious at 11:34 AM on March 24 [1 favorite]

Lars Von Trier's Dogville really explores this trope of insider/outsider and its accompanying pack mentality.
posted by drlith at 11:44 AM on March 24 [1 favorite]

The Wicker Man
posted by I'm Brian and so's my wife! at 12:05 PM on March 24 [1 favorite]

Black Hawk Down is a perfect example of this, with a small group of US Army Rangers attempting to battle their way across Mogadishu.
posted by Dip Flash at 12:08 PM on March 24 [1 favorite]

The Beach. Western tourists stumble upon a weed farm in Thailand. Bad things happen.
posted by Brittanie at 12:08 PM on March 24 [1 favorite]

There's another Walter Hill film called Trespass. A couple of firefighters (Bill Paxton and William Sadler, doing the country boy thing) find a treasure map that leads them to an abandoned building in East St. Louis, where they witness a murder and are thusly set upon by local gang members (Ice Cube and Ice T). The gang members would of course like that gold for themselves, and they would also like to have back the relative that the interlopers kidnapped as leverage. (It's a good movie, but if you have any objection to in-your-face 90's camerawork, stay away from this one.)

In the drama/romance/psychological thriller The Beguiled, Clint Eastwood plays a wounded soldier who's taken in by an all-girls school in the south. He's a Yankee, and therefore unwanted, but he's also the first man anyone there has seen in a long time, so the girls and women compete for his attention until things get quite out of hand. I find this movie so, so interesting.

The Cabin in the Woods is, in a way, all about killing interlopers. It's a weird bunch of locals though. The less you know beforehand, the better.

Dark Skies is an alien abduction movie that takes a sharp turn at the end towards home defense. I thought it was the most pants-crappingly scary alien movie I've seen since Fire in the Sky.

The locals basically do that in An American Werewolf in London by knowingly sending Jack and David out into the moors to die rather than reveal the terrible secret they all know.
posted by heatvision at 12:27 PM on March 24 [1 favorite]

The Stepford Wives.
Village of the Damned.
posted by third rail at 12:44 PM on March 24 [1 favorite]

The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!. Hilarity ensues as a damaged Russian sub runs aground off of a small New England island. The locals are roused to protect themselves from the "darn commies"
posted by Gungho at 12:57 PM on March 24 [1 favorite]

Three Amigos
posted by Rock Steady at 1:34 PM on March 24 [1 favorite]

Seven Samurai is a classic. Villagers recruit samurai to fight off bandits.
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 1:37 PM on March 24 [1 favorite]

The Cars That Ate Paris.

Set in a secluded outback town, the residents orchestrate passers-by into car accidents and live off the salvaging the wrecks. Survivors are used for medical experiments.
posted by Trivia Newton John at 2:55 PM on March 24 [1 favorite]

Race With The Devil.
posted by infinitewindow at 5:12 PM on March 24 [1 favorite]

Seven Samurai is a classic. Villagers recruit samurai to fight off bandits.

And, by extension, The Magnificent Seven.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 5:36 PM on March 24 [1 favorite]

You also have the standard alien invasion trope. So Independence Day et al.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 5:37 PM on March 24 [1 favorite]

Ghosts of Mars. Local (ghosts) murderise human colonists.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 5:39 PM on March 24 [1 favorite]

Le nèg': a black teenager smashes a black garden jockey in a small rural town; he ends up dead, but it's not clear exactly who did it.
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 5:41 PM on March 24 [1 favorite]

Dagon. Because the locals are evil fish-people who demand sacrifice!
posted by Marit at 7:13 PM on March 24 [1 favorite]

"Tucker & Dale vs. Evil"
Nit pick Spoiler: Gur ybpnyf qba'g npghnyyl xvyy nalbar va guvf zbivr.
posted by Mitheral at 8:19 PM on March 24 [1 favorite]

Thought of three more:

Eden Lake - the outsiders are stubborn and the locals are a psychopathic gang

Cannibal Holocaust - the outsiders are psychopaths and the locals are cannibals

Wolf Creek - the outsiders are naive and the local is...psychopathic

Thanks for all of these suggestions. I will mark the question resolved.
posted by 99percentfake at 10:58 AM on March 27

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