It may not have been the first of its kind, but when Die Hard came out, from the moment Bruce Willis entered the Nakatomi plaza, a new sub-genre all of its own was launched – ‘The Die Hard movie’. None have compared, whether it was the sequels to the original, or big budget escapades like Under Siege (Dh on a boat), The Rock (on Alcatraz), Executive Decision, Passenger 57 and Airforce One (Dh on Planes), Sudden Death (at an ice hockey stadium) or Skyscraper (Dh…back in a Skycraper…) to name a few.
There have been innumerable big screen riffs. At the same time, through the video era up until now, many a B movie god, or even Sean Astin (Icebreaker… Die Hard at a Ski resort against a villanous Bruce Campbell) have delved into McClane’s territory. Die Hard on a shoe-string.