Growing up, we teach our kids that a person’s house is their safe place, the refuge where the storm of life is least aggressive. But time and time again, movie plots have brushed aside such a rosy outlook by staging some of the craziest attacks and tensest action right inside the place where we expect to be most safe and comfortable.
These films all share the common trait that this oft-used plot device could easily happen to you for… well… no reason at all… and locking your doors isn’t going to help.
Here are some of the most terrifying home invaders from the world of film:
The Stranger in When A Stranger Calls (2006)
A babysitter begins to receive anonymous phone calls. As they continue and become more alarming the babysitter, Jill realises the stranger is on the property and goes to investigate as the tension and body-count rises.
La Femme in Inside (2007)
In this french horror / thriller originally called “À l’intérieur”, four months after the death of her husband, a pregnant woman on the brink of motherhood is stalked and tormented in her home by a strange woman (La Femme) who wants to extract her unborn baby.
The Three Hooded Criminals in Kidnapped (2010)
As they celebrate just moving in to their new house, a father, his wife and daughter become the targets of a brutal home invasion by a masked and violently determined trio of criminals.
Peter and his Friend in Funny Games (1997)
The two psychotic young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin forcing them to play sadistic “games” with one another for their own amusement.
The Trio of Thugs in Wait Until Dark (1967)
A blind woman terrorized by a criminal and his mates seeking a stash of heroin that was planted somewhere in her apartment without her knowledge. She must find a way to defeat them relying on all of her senses – except her sight – to stay alive.
The Murderous Stranger in Black Christmas (1974)
In the most festive and peaceful of seasons, the sorority sisters find that not all is calm and bright because there’s a lunatic in the attic tonight.
Alex and His Gang of Droogs in A Clockwork Orange (1971)
In a film laced with ultraviolence, Alex and his gang were never more brutal than in their home invasion scenes.
The 3 Burglars in The Panic Room (2002)
This claustrophobic thriller centers on a divorcee and her diabetic daughter who are caught in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with three burglars searching for a missing fortune.
The Quartet of Misfits in The Last House On The Left (1972)
Remade in 2009, this is the kind of home invasion where the homeowners actually open the door and invite the bad guys in. Emma and John welcome them until they discover what the strangers had already done to their beloved daughter and friend. If you haven’t seen it, we won’t say any more.
Some of you avoid the genre, and many of you might have seen a few of these movies. If you’re into thrillers, slashers and the like, maybe you’ve even seen all of them; but whichever the case may be, I have one question for you: Are you home alone?