With You’re Next in theaters RIGHT NOW I figured I’d take a look back at the Home Invasion sub-genre in order to get everyone in the appropriate, violated, mood. After all, that’s what these films are all about. You’re supposed to be safe in your home… but you’re not. Someone is coming into your house while your defenses are down and you don’t know what they want but… it can’t be good.
In the film out today, “When a gang of masked, ax-wielding murderers descend upon the Davison family reunion, the hapless victims seem trapped…until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all.”
Head below for 5 Great Home Invasion Movies!!!
One of the films on this list that captures the random aspect of home invasion that can be so frightening. You don’t have to owe someone money, you don’t have to have a jealous lover that wants revenge… you just have to be home. In fact, that’s the great line of the film, “because you were home.”
Bryan Bertino’s 2008 film was actually a pretty big hit despite a level of brutality I thought would turn off many mainstream movie-goers. It’s not often America goes to see the right horror movie!
FUNNY GAMES (2007)
In 2007 Austrian director Michael Haneke remade his own 1997 home invasion thriller, and the exercise was not nearly as redundant as it sounds on paper. While the original film was an examination and indictment of the audience’s own bloodlust, the remake is able to tackle the same material while being a critique of remakes themselves.
Add on to that some chilling performances from Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet as the preppy, erudite invaders and you’ve got something that’s quite compelling and watchable – even if the director thinks you’re a fool for doing so.
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
While the bulk of this film doesn’t take place in or around a home invasion, such an event is at the heart of one of the film’s most pivotal – and sickening – scenes. Alex and his Droogs break into the home of a writer and his wife and terrorize them while belting out “Singing In The Rain.” Eventually Alex beats the woman to death with a statue of a penis (not a metaphor at all there).
Eventually Alex makes a Last House On The Left style mistake my seeking refuge in the very same home after being discharged from prison and severely beaten. It does not go well.
STRAW DOGS (1971)
One of the pre-eminent home invasion films, everything that happens in the film serves to fuel the anger and rage that leads up to locals’ siege on David and Amy Sumner’s vacation home. One of them has already raped his wife, and this attack perpetuates the sense of violation. Director Sam Peckinpah has his beta protagonist (Dustin Hoffman) fight back against the alpha antagonist (Del Henney). Ultimately, it turns out that Hoffman’s David might enjoy this sort of thing more than he’d like to admit.
Talk about violation, even the “unrated” cut of Alexandre Bustillo’s intense and beautiful 2007 film was chopped to pieces. Furthering the violation concept, this time it’s not only the house the antagonists want to penetrate, it’s the womb itself.