Home Invasion Movies

Wednesday, March 16 by Lara Stewart

Home invasion movies are scary in a very personal and tangible way. They pick at our idea that we are safe within the walls of the places where we sleep at night. We have a basic assumption that our homes are secure, but in reality, a great deal of that safety is an illusion. Here are a few movies to check out if you'd like to sleep a little less soundly tonight:

  1. "Funny Games" – Acerbic Austrian director Michael Haneke punished international audiences with his 1997 home invasion movie by daring them to continue to watch a brutish home invasion even after violence and horror cease to be entertaining. When he figured out that Americans are too lazy to watch movies with subtitles, he remade "Funny Games" in English, reproducing the original film almost shot for shot. Both versions of this home invasion movie are difficult watching, and make the viewer ask him or herself some tough questions about consuming violent entertainment.
  2. "Panic Room" - Jodie Foster stars as a newly single mom who has moved into a paranoid millionaire's former home. When thieve break into the house looking for millions of dollars in bearer bonds, the mom and her daughter take refuge in the house's impenetrable panic room. Unfortunately, this turns out to be exactly where those bonds are hidden.
  3. "Wait Until Dark" - This home invasion movie stars Audrey Hepburn as a blind woman on her own and unwittingly in possession of a porcelain doll full of heroin. The people who own the doll want it & the drugs inside back. She seems helpless in the face of these vicious invaders, but there is one thing that they fail to consider: she has an edge on them when all the lights go out.
  4. "The Strangers" - How safe are we within the confines of our own homes? A young couple taking a weekend away at their isolated cabin gets to confront that question in a way that is all too real when a trio of strangers begins to terrorize them. This home invasion movie explores just how much of our safety is dependent upon our mutual agreement as a society to respect the boundaries of one another's homes, and just how exposed we all really are.
  5. "Home Alone" - After all of these grim entries, you really need a good comedy to shake off the willies. In "Home Alone," an eight-year-old boy is inadvertently left behind when the rest of his family departs for a vacation in Paris without him. When burglars try to invade the supposedly empty house, it's left to him to defend the family home. He does so with a series of increasingly elaborate improvised weapons.