10 Home Invasion Movies Too Scary to Remember
Home is where the heart is, they say.
But what happens when terror kicks down your front door and makes itself comfy in your living room? From sadistic games to relentless pursuits, here are 10 home invasion movies that are too terrifying to forget—although you might want to.
1. Funny Games (2007)
Ever had unexpected guests ruin your vacation? This flick takes it to another level. A family arrives at their lake house, looking forward to a peaceful break. Enter Paul and Peter, two seemingly polite young men who quickly reveal their sadistic motives. They bet the family that they won't live to see the morning and proceed to play cruel, violent games with them. All bets are off, literally.
2. The Strangers (2008)
True story: this movie made me double-check my locks for weeks. Kristen and James return from a wedding to a secluded vacation home. Late at night, there's a knock on the door. A mysterious woman asks for someone who doesn't live there. Soon after, masked assailants start tormenting the couple. It's a cat-and-mouse game where the stakes are life and death. What makes it worse? The killers claim they're doing it just because they can.
3. Panic Room (2002)
When a recently-divorced Meg and her diabetic daughter move into a New York brownstone, they discover it has a panic room—how convenient, right? That very night, three burglars break in, looking for a hidden fortune. Meg and her daughter lock themselves in the panic room, but oh snap—the loot the robbers are looking for is in there with them. Jodie Foster and a young Kristen Stewart play an intricate game of survival against the invaders. This one kept me on the edge of my seat, no lie.
4. You're Next (2011)
A family reunion takes a deadly turn when animal-mask-wearing intruders crash the party. Siblings and their significant others are picked off one by one. But surprise, Erin, one of the girlfriends, turns out to be a survivalist. She rigs traps and fights back, turning the hunters into the hunted, a dinner party – into a battlefield.
5. Inside (2007)
Y'all, this one is not for the squeamish. A pregnant widow named Sarah is spending Christmas Eve alone, awaiting her labor to start the next day. A mysterious woman shows up at her door, demanding to take her unborn child. What follows is a relentless and gory struggle between the two. Think you've had bad holiday dinners? This makes awkward family gatherings look like a cakewalk.
6. Hush (2016)
Imagine being a deaf-mute writer living alone in the woods. Pretty peaceful, right? Not for Maddie in Hush. One evening, a masked man appears and starts stalking her, but she can't hear him coming. Instead of relying on clichéd scare chords, this movie uses silence as its main instrument of terror. Maddie has to use her wits and writer's imagination to outsmart her attacker.
7. Don't Breathe (2016)
This one flips the script—three young burglars break into a blind man's house, thinking it'll be an easy score. Oh, how wrong they were. Turns out, the "victim" is a Gulf War veteran with skills that make him a formidable adversary. As the burglars navigate through the labyrinthine house, they uncover secrets far more disturbing than they'd bargained for. It's tense, it's twisted, and it made over $157.8 million at the box office.
8. Them (2006)
This French-Romanian movie starts with a teacher and her husband living a peaceful life in a remote house—until they aren't. One night, they start receiving anonymous prank calls. Soon, shadowy figures invade their home, leading to a night of terror. The movie was reportedly inspired by true events, making it even more terrifying. Ever get a prank call and laugh it off? You won't after watching this.
9. Mother's Day (2010)
If you thought your family was messed up, wait till you meet the Koffins. After a failed bank robbery, three brothers return to their old home, unaware that it's been sold to a new couple. When they discover this, they decide to take the couple and their guests hostage. Momma Koffin arrives to take charge, and let's just say she doesn't hand out time-outs. Expect torture, psychological games, and a twisted sense of family values. It's downright nasty and not recommended for the family holidays.
10. The Collector (2009)
This is a case of a burglar picking the wrong house on the wrong night. Arkin breaks into a house to steal a gem, only to find another intruder has already rigged the home with deadly traps to collect the family members for torture. It's grisly and tense, think of it as Home Alone from Hell. Arkin must navigate through a maze of life-threatening traps to save himself and the family.