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When it comes to fear, nothing quite hits home like the unnerving feeling that you aren’t safe there. Home, that is. From things going bump in the night to that cold sweat that you haven’t set the burglar alarm, horror and thriller movies play on this with the home invasion genre. 

Whether it’s a straight-up home heist or some supernatural boogeyman creaking down the corridor, a good home invasion movie always sets pulses racing. With Renny Harlin hoping to cash in on the genre again with The Strangers: Chapter 1, we’re expecting another home invasion classic on a par with 2008’s first movie. Lock the doors and turn off the lights because we’re knocking at the door with the 15 best home invasion movies you need to check out. 


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Us (2019)


After finding his feet with the Oscar-winning Get Out, Jordan Peele proved himself a modern maestro of horror with 2019’s Us. Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke are on top form as the parents of the Wilson family, while we can’t help but feel the former was robbed of an Oscar nod.

Straying into the supernatural as Get Out did, Us is much more than your standard home invasion movie. Thanks to some unnerving dual roles, it gets the most out of its core four actors. With a twist ending that gets under your skin and stays there for some time afterwards, Us is the epitome of modern horror. 


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Black Christmas (1974)


It’s always fun to see a cast of fresh-faced teens offed in a series of elaborate ways, and bucking the trend of sorority slashers, 1974’s Black Christmas has left quite the mark. Inspired by the legend of “the babysitter and the man upstairs,” Black Christmas is held alongside Halloween as one of the first mainstream slashers.

While Black Christmas received mixed reviews upon release, it’s since become a cult classic with a few too many revisits. There’s been a middling 2006 remake and a sad desecration when Blumhouse tried to modernize it in 2019, so we’d stick with the classic Christmas cracker.


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Home Alone (1990)


Breaking out from the pack of various horror and thrillers, a list of home invasion movies wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Home Alone. Chris Columbus’ 1990 classic might be a more family-friendly affair, but if those traps were being used in real life, Harry and Marv would definitely be in the morgue.

While there are die-hard fans of the 1992 sequel, this is largely where our love for the series ends. A 2021 Disney+ requel proves that Home Alone’s best days are behind it. Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our annual rewatch of the OG and reciting Angels With Filthy Souls word for wor … you filthy animals.


Funny Games (1997)


Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke gifted us Funny Games in 1997, and while it starts as a simple home invasion with two preppy psychopaths playing their sadistic game for a bit of fun, it ends up delivering one of the most batshit endings you’ll ever experience. 

There’s a lot to be said about Haneke’s Americanized version with Tim Roth and Naomi Harris, although few expected the shot-for-shot remake in 2007. However, if you’ve only seen that version, we implore you to watch the original. Funny Games might seem clean-cut, but trust us, it’s anything but.


Hush (2016)


With barely any dialogue during its 81-minute runtime, Hush is a bold swing that undoubtedly sets the stage for other sensory horrors like Bird Box and A Quiet Place. Before Mike Flanagan was Netflix’s golden boy with The Haunting of Hill House and The Fall of the House of Usher, Hush was a more intimate affair.

Kate Siegel writes and stars as the lead, and while she’s not deaf in real life, Hush does its best to portray what it would be like for someone who is hearing impaired during a home invasion. That didn’t stop some criticisms from the likes of A Quiet Place’s Millicent Simmonds, which, unfortunately, dulls some of this indie thriller’s shine. 



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Ils (2006)


Known outside France as Them, this bare-bones horror is simple enough. A young couple moves to the French countryside and is attacked by masked intruders, with the typical “there’s a voice in the woods scenario.” Back when it was “cool” to say a movie is based on real events, Ils also has the added spook factor of creepy kids. 

Even if the backstory might not be real, Olivia Bonamy’s performance is very real. Director David Moreau says Bonamy suffered from claustrophobia, which made her sewer scenes a little too realistic. While Ils is forgotten somewhat in the wake of The Strangers, this French-language film is well worth a watch. 


Night of the Living Dead (1968)


Sure, you might associate George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead with zombies, but at its core, it’s a solid home invasion movie about seven people trapped in a rural farmhouse. Even if the attackers aren’t your typical masked psychopaths, hordes of the undead knocking at your door are arguably even scarier — after all, there’s no motive.

Even though Night of the Living Dead’s monsters are only ever referred to as “ghouls,” Romero popularized the zombie genre and inadvertently birthed everything from The Walking Dead to 28 Days Later. The splatter film genre also finds its origins here, but next time someone tells you it’s a straight-up zombie movie, you might want to tell them otherwise.


The Purge (2013)


Given the direction society is taking, the dystopian nightmare of The Purge sometimes feels like it isn’t too far away. The Purge’s unique concept of making all crimes legal for one night of the year makes it work because you know help isn’t just around the corner.

Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey excel as our unlikely heroes, but it’s the titular Purgers that really shine. The Purge name was quickly expanded into a bigger and bloodier sequel in 2014, and at last count, there have been five mo