The warmth, comfort and secure feeling that a person feels in its own home is unmatchable. The mere thought of someone invading your home, for crime or worse, is enough to give you goosebumps and make you paranoid. So check your door locks and get ready to be scared to your wits end, as we have here a list of the 25 best home invasion movies of all time:
25. Extremities (1986)
Victims of an assault can get paranoid. But they can also get stronger. This is shown by director Robert M. Young in Extremities as an escaped victim of attempted rape mistakenly leaves her purse behind with the aggressor.
When the rapist attempts again, invading her home this time, she manages to come out stronger and get the better of him. Her strong resolve not only helps her escape but pushes her towards revenge. Written by William Mastrosimone, Extremities was nominated for Golden Globe award.
24. The Cable Guy (1996)
Before you treat any of your friends badly or rebuff people trying to be friends, no matter how much of a nuisance they are, you should watch The Cable Guy. These people can get ugly when they take it to heart.
Probably the most eccentric role in his career, Jim Carrey plays a cable guy (Chip) who tries befriending a guy, Steven.
When it no longer works for Steven and he doesn’t want to be friends with Chip, Chip takes it to heart and plans vengeance by making Steven’s life miserable.
23. Vacancy (2007)
Nimrod Antal’s horror/thriller flick has to be given credit for creativity in plot. Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson play a newly married couple who find themselves in a motel room where the television is showing snuff films.
To their horror, they realize it is the very same room they are in and their every action is being recorded by a camera. Desperate to avoid being the latest victim of yet another snuff film, the couple must find an escape method.
22. Funny Games (2007)
A reenactment of his own film from 10 years, Michael Haneke’s Funny Games is true to its tagline “See it if you dare”. Featuring a lot of violence by two young men who take hostage a family and put them through mental and physical torture just for the heck of it, the movie shows how our society has grown accustomed to and accepted violence.
21. Last House on the Left (1972)
The movie is written and directed by Wes Craven and is as dark as it can get. A true horror depicting violence and gore where two young girls who intend to go on a rock concert are kidnapped, abused and killed.
The psychotic gang incidentally stay at one of the victim girl’s house and when the parents overhear them, they take their own spine-chilling revenge.
20. The Dark Hours (2005)
A psychiatrist apprehended by her patient who happens to be a sexual offender. Sounds cliché? But with Aidan Devine’s amazing performance, it will not feel cliché at all.
Paul Fox’s The Dark Hours, made in a low budget of five hundred thousand CAD, is about a psychiatrist (Kate Greenhouse) who goes to her husbands, stressed by her growing brain tumor. Two psychopaths, including a former patient of the psychiatrist, invade their house and make them play outrageous games.
19. Single White Female (1992)
Director Barbet Schroeder has come up with a new way of making you paranoid. You will now think twice before taking in a roomie. Single White Female falls in sub-genre of slasher movies where a girl, Alison is looking for a roommate after she breaks off with her boyfriend.
Hedra seems like an ideal roomie until she starts to imitate Alison to become like her, to the point where it is creepy. Alison finds out that Hedra has not been able to make peace with her twin’s death, which has messed up her wiring. Hedra wants Alison to be her twin now and she will go to any length to make that happen.
18. When A Stranger Calls Back (1993)
This movie, directed by Fred Walton, has to be one of the top contenders for having the best opening sequence in horror genre. The movie is a sequel to When A Stranger Calls (1979) and shows Julia babysitting when a stranger arrives at the doorstep with car trouble.
Years later, when Julia is a junior year college student, the stranger is back, haunting her. A retired cop and Jill, babysitter from its prequel, now a grief counselor, help Julia in catching this invader.
17. Martyrs (2008) (French)
French director and writer Pascal Laugier’s venture has all the elements needed to make it a true horror movie – abuse, insanity, gore, deaths, it has everything. It is based on a woman who goes on a vendetta against her abusers, taking help from a friend with similar experience.
Driven to insanity by her past, she kills a family and ultimately herself. Her friend investigates and becomes a victim of a very sick organization trying to create ‘martyrs’.
16. Suddenly (1954)
Director Lewis Allen’s Suddenly, features American songwriter, singer, actor – a complete showbiz package, Frank Sinatra as a hired assassin named John Baron.
Baron along with his henchmen break into Sheriff’s wife, Ellen’s home with intention of killing the President who will be visiting their town named Suddenly.
15. The Uninvited Guest (2004) (Spanish)
Very few horror/mystery movies manage to intrigue its viewers without gore and bloodshed. Guillem Morales successfully shows his competitor directors how it is done. Starting with a basic plot, an architect who lives alone in an enormous house and circumstances making him unhappy, allows a stranger entry in his house for the purpose of using a phone.
But the stranger disappears. Is he still inside the house, hiding, or is our protagonist going paranoid? With some genuine plot twists and a great story line, The Uninvited Guest (Spanish) shows Hollywood how it’s done.
14. Disorder (2015) (French)
Originally titled Maryland, it stars Matthias Schoenaerts as Vincent and Diane Kruger as Jessie, the extremely beautiful and attractive wife of a Lebanese businessman who is out of town. Vincent plays a security protocol for Jessie and her kid, after her husband suddenly leaves for Germany.
His paranoia of being followed turns out true when they are attacked by thugs in masks. Whoever is after them has even broken in their mansion.
The cast alone is charming enough to make Disorder watchable even for non-French audience.
13. Them (2006) (French)
Written and directed by David Moreau, Them has a simplistic plot that involves a happy couple living in the suburbs. One fine day, strange things start to happen, their phone goes dead, lights go out and their car is stolen.
Until the very end of the movie, the couple have no idea what they are up against.