12. The Silent House (2010) (Spanish)
Whether the movie spooks you out or not, this definitely will, the movie is based on a true story that is claimed to have happened in Uruguay in late ‘40s.
The movie is said to be shot in one take by director Gustavo Hernandez and shows a young girl Laura and her father staying the night in a cottage they are supposed to renovate the next day. Things get dark when Laura begins to hear strange, scary noises in the night.
11. Inside (2007) (French)
Featuring a lot of violence and blood, Inside is a movie that plays on the protagonists past actions catching up to her.
Alysson Paradis plays Sarah as a pregnant mother due to give birth the next when a strange woman calls upon her home and terrorizes her with the aim of taking her unborn child.
A lot of bloodshed and death later, the strange woman identifies herself and the viewers learn the antagonist’s side of story.
10. Black Christmas (1974)
This 100 minutes horror/thriller’s storyline includes a mysterious caller who threatens the sorority sisters. Police takes things seriously only when girls start to disappear and a dead 13-years old is found.
The calls keep coming and, somehow, the caller seems to know a lot about the girl. Black Christmas will keep you on the edge of your seat guessing whether the mysterious caller is someone within them.
9. Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)
Based on a book named Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg, this movie has one of a kind story that is unique and keeps you interested throughout. Two brothers who never seem to get along start playing a board game named Zathura.
Along with their sister and whole house, they’re thrown in space with strange dangers and consequences of every move in the game. The only way back is to complete the game, if they can survive it.
8. Sleep Tight (2011) (Spanish)
Guaranteed to keep your interest till the very end, Sleep Tight comes highly recommended with its actors doing more than a fine job.
The movie shows real character depth in a concierge named Cesar who is a sadist and is obsessed by an irresistibly beautiful young woman named Clara. The length to which he goes to in his obsession is astounding.
7. Hard Candy (2005)
Teenage girls can get crazy. Teenage girls on a vendetta, however, are complete bonkers. Hard Candy shows us exactly this.
What starts out as simple online chatting between an early teens girl and a 32 years old guy, leads to the girl tying him up in his house and raiding it for evidence of him being a pedophile. Every single thing that follows, has been orchestrated by the 14 years old girl.
6. You’re Next (2011)
Violence and death responded by violence and death. In this extremely gore movie, full of deaths, there are no survivors. A family reunion of Davisons is interrupted by an attack on all.
Seeing death around, the victims’ only survival is in killing their assailants, and that is what one girl named Erin does. It turns out, the attackers were hired by people within family looking to inherit the family wealth.
5. Panic Room (2002)
Big mansions can be costly and not just with money. We learn this in director David Fincher’s movie where a divorced woman along with her diabetic daughter move in a big mansion, which even has the facility of a panic room, a safe room completely impenetrable.
Three men break in with the intent of stealing bonds worth millions belonging to mansion’s previous, now deceased, owner. And their prize is exactly where the inhabitants hide – the panic room.
4. Cape Fear (1991)
Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear teaches us how lawyers make enemies. Her husband’s affairs become the least of her worries when a convicted criminal comes out of prison after serving his sentence. Max Cady was Sam’s (lawyer) client but Sam put up a weak defense knowing Cady is guilty.
Now out of prison, Cady is hell bent on revenge. He intends to invade Sam’s house in the worst of ways, by destroying his family.
3. Wait Until Dark (1967)
With an Oscar nomination for the protagonist (Audrey Hepburn) for best actress in leading role and very high ratings by all credible movie reviewers, Wait Until Dark is highly recommended as a house invasion movie.
The main plot here is three men after a doll. Yes a doll, full of smuggled heroine. It somehow ends up in a young blind woman’s (Susy) apartment and the men try to find it making Susy miserable.
2. Straw Dogs (1971)
Director Sam Peckinpah shows how circumstances can change a learned, decent guy who resents violence into an aggressive man. This is a compelling story of an astrophysicist and his wife, moving in rural England but being bullied by the locals.
Their oppressing behavior crosses all limits, they even abuse her wife, and finally he resorts to fight violence with violence. Straw Dogs was nominated for an Oscar in Best Music, Original Dramatic Score category.
1. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Highly revered by reviewers, number 80 in IMDb all-time best movies and 4 Oscar nominations in categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best screenplay and Best Editing, A Clockwork Orange tops our list of best home invasion movies.
Written and directed by Stanley Kubrick, it is based on an extremely violent youth who ends up in prison for murder and rape. Instead of serving the full sentence, he finds a shortcut of getting back on streets by registering in an experimental study. Back on the streets, however, he gets some of his own medicine by his victims.
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