Your home is your castle and you will do anything to protect it. Home invasion is a crime that no one wants to contemplate will happen to them. Movies, television and especially horror films have banked on this very idea leaving audiences wondering if all the lights are off and the windows and doors are securely locked. Don’t Breathe was one of the best American Horror films to be released in recent years and with a simple enough story, the suspense and tension were highly elevated. Now that the sequel has been released, let’s take a look at some of the most iconic, creepy and thoroughly entertaining home invasion movies of recent years. Note, this list will only include movies that take place in one primary location, so Scream, for example, does not apply in that respect. So, let’s count them down and rejoice in these fun movies!
A family reunion is something that not everyone enjoys nor is excited about, but meeting new people that have entered your life can change that perception. This horror film sees a family under attack from masked assailants during such a reunion. Members of the family are picked off one-by-one that is until the girlfriend of one of the family members engages in combat with the intruders, which vastly turns the table. Bloody, exciting and showcasing some classy black humor, You’re Next is a dark horror film especially when it’s revealed the true nature of the assailants, but everything comes full circle when the girlfriend takes no prisoners and shows no mercy in order to ensure her own survival.
Breaking into a house is one thing, but imagine illegally entering a house only to discover that someone else is already inside and that person is more horrible than your darkest fears. From the writers of Saw IV, V, VI and Saw 3D, this horror film introduces us to the so-called “collector”; a man who specializes in kidnapping people in various ways and if you get in his way, he will make you wish for death. From a clever premise, gory violence and a diabolical villain, The Collector may not be the most entertaining movie for everyone but it sure is a winner for fans of this genre. The sequel, The Collection, isn’t half bad either but seeing the collector for the first time truly caught our attention in this home invasion horror film where a seemingly empty house has someone just waiting for you to enter and you better hope that he collects you instead because you punishment just may be more that what you bargained for.
If no one else says it then I will. Home Alone is a home invasion movie that takes place in and around the Christmas holiday and is not merely a timely classic to watch with the family. After poor Kevin is left home alone while his family travels to France, he has the whole house to himself. A kids dream for sure. The wet bandits are in the neighborhood and are taking advantage of everyone being on holiday. They burglarize homes and Kevin’s house in next on their list! Kevin forms a plan and even sets up traps to protect the ins and outs of his home. In truth, the ordeal that the wet bandits go through is a violent escapade but we laugh along the way. It may be a Christmas treat to watch annually, but this is the truest home invasion movie disguised as a holiday film and yes I’m acquainted this alongside Black Christmas.
Moving into your new home is very stressful. We hardly find the time to organize anything besides the essentials such as the bed and bathroom. We never make food during the moving process, we just order take-out and when the times comes, we just want to fall into bed after a grueling day. Panic Room is a largely underrated thriller from the master of suspense, David Fincher. In this movie, a mother and daughter are visited by three assailants who break into their Brownstone but manage to elude them by hiding in the panic room; the room that is the safest in the house. While the phone isn’t connected to the panic room, we think the burglars will just leave but there is just one problem. What the mystery men want is in the very room that they are hiding in! With compelling performances, a smart yet simple script and nearly flawless direction from David Fincher makes Panic Room an effective thriller that could’ve easily ended in a horror movie cliché trope but is way smarter than that. Panic Room may be the underrated gem of Fincher’s career, but it’s still an absorbing and exciting film nonetheless.
The People Under The Stairs
Wes Craven was gifted the best name for a horror movie director and this film is vastly different from his other iconic works that includes Scream, The Last House on the Left and the infamous A Nightmare on Elm Street. This movie blends horror, disturbing material and comedy all into a big bag that still packs a punch to this day. When a young thirteen-year-old breaks into his landlord’s house, he finds some truly haunting things inside. The landlords themselves are odd and a bit peculiar, but there’s something in the basement that makes this family all the more insane. The People Under The Stairs is a creepy and effective horror film that also makes us laugh too; a tough feat for a film of this genre. It’s a catchy title for a movie that even after thirty years, is still creepy as ever!