The upcoming film Straw Dogs appears to take the home invasion genre to new heights of depravity. So it might be a good idea for you to prepare yourself for the Straw Dogs juju by taking a look at some disturbing home invasion movies from years past.

Funny Games

Michael Haneke's Funny Games is a remake, but it's a remake of the director's own movie, sadistically tailored to American audiences. And it is perhaps the ultimate home invasion movie, using ever weapon in the director's arsenal to drive the characters (an upper-class suburban family who are attacked by two murderously playful villains) and the audience into a frenzy.

Panic Room

A good home invasion movie grabs the audience by the throat and puts them in a state of almost unbearable suspense - this is certainly the case with Panic Room. There's a twist, though- for the vast majority of the movie, the mother and daughter being invaded aren't even in the same room with the dangerous thieves that have broken into their home. It's thanks to the "panic room" of the title, but what happens if the invaders want to get INTO the panic room?

One Hour Photo

Some home invaders prefer to provide more psychological than physical disturbances. Robin Williams' character in One Hour Photo would be a good a good example of this, as he becomes unhealthily obsessed with a family that regularly has their photos developed by him. His loneliness is so real that you might find yourself feeling sorry for him, at least until he snaps and starts threatening the family members with a knife when they don't meet his standards for the perfect family.


In Suddenly, Frank Sinatra plays a "lone nut" assassin years before it was cool. Granted, he's working to assassinate the president of the United States for money, not for kicks, but the movie definitely implies he's got some psychological problems other than his mercenary nature. As part of his plot, he invades the home of a suburban family unlucky enough to have a house that sits along the presidential motorcade. Sinatra's violent disruption of a "perfect" 50s family is disturbing, even today.


The Jigsaw Killer of Saw has more on his mind than home invasion, but it's still a crucial part of his plan. And just so you know, if the Jigsaw Killer invades your home, you have more to worry about than your collection of porcelain cows getting broken in a struggle - you're much more likely to wake up hooked into a death-by-porcelain-cow machine or something.

The Strangers

Basically like an MTV version of Funny Games, The Strangers is about a trio of masked assailants who choose a house, seemingly at random, and decide to terrorize and eventually kill the people inside. A common theme in home invasion movies is the "innocent victim," and the plot of The Strangers fits this perfectly. What's more disturbing than being selected by a killer at random?


Here's a novel reason for a home invasion: You want to cut out a pregnant woman's unborn child. And Inside is also about a mor insidious kind of home invasion: The idea of at unknown person sneaking around your apartment, sometimes while you're home, without yo knowing. What could be more disturbing than that?

Rear Window

All of the other movies on this list have one thing in common: The person doing the home invading isn't the "good guy" of the story. But in Rear Window, Jimmy Stewart suspects his neighbor of committing a murder, and he eventually sends his girlfriend Grace Kelly over to his neighbor's apartment to collect evidence. Have you ever had that dream where you're in someone's house where you're not supposed to be, and the owner of the house comes home? Rear Window plays on that common fear with disturbing and exciting skill.

Assault on Precinct 13

OK, so a more accurate term for this movie might be "precinct invasion," but no one can dispute its disturbing power. Anyone who's seen the infamous "ice cream scene" can attest to this, and the sensation of your own private and safe space being threatened by invaders is intact. See it, and you'll realize that even if you live in a fortified compound you could be the victim of a home invasion.