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The Best Home Invasion Movies to Watch Alone in the Dark

Home invasion movies invoke a specific type of fear. Whether checking behind the shower curtain or turning on every light in your house at night, home invaders are a common fear of homeowners.

Despite this fear, a popular trope in movies is home invasions. These movies typically contain horror and thriller elements, so they are not for the faint of heart. 

Will this house fall victim to a home invasion by a movie on this list?
photo credit: Mike Ralph

Here are some of the best home invasion movies. Watch these movies home alone on a stormy night if you dare!

Us (2019)

In this movie, you are your greatest enemy. Doppelgangers called the “Tethered” invade a family home to kill their counterparts.

A poster for “Us.”

With tense moments, interesting lore, and an exceptional performance by Lupita Nyong’o, this movie is worth checking out for horror fans. 

Parasite (2019)

This oscar-winning South Korean movie flips the script on home invasion movies. Instead of focusing on the homeowners, this movie follows the Kims, a poverty-stricken family who infiltrates the lives of the wealthy Park family.

A poster for “Parasite” from Neon, the movie’s distributor.

As the Kims leech off their resources like a parasite, they discover twisted secrets about the house they invaded. 

Don’t let the language barrier or subtitles scare you away. This movie is a must-see. 

Hush (2016)

This home invasion movie takes viewers to a deaf writer’s isolated cabin in the woods. Taking advantage of her disability, a masked assailant tries to break into her cabin, leaving viewers in an uneasy state.

The main character’s lack of hearing makes for an innovative viewing experience, resulting in a creative take on home invasion movies. 

Knock Knock (2015)

Instead of an invasion by murderers, Evan Webber’s home is invaded by two young girls who seduce him while his family is away. Webber must evade the torture and mind games of his assailants before his wife and kids return home. “Knock Knock” is a more raunchy take on home invasion movies. 

This movie also stars Keanu Reeves, which is more than enough of a reason to watch it. 

The Purge (2013)

While future installments of “The Purge” franchise have ridiculously expanded on their original premise, the first movie centers around a home invasion. A family must defend themselves from invaders during a 12 hour period where all crime is legal. 

You’re Next (2011)

Sticking to masked assailants, this home invasion movie is a family reunion gone wrong (as if those aren’t already bad enough).

When the main character accompanies her boyfriend to a family reunion, she will have to get resourceful to survive an onslaught of killers in animal masks. 

Definitely watch “You’re Next” at your next family reunion. I’m sure it will be a great hit with the grandparents (spoiler alert: it probably won’t be). 

Home Alone (1990)

Unlike everything else on this list, “Home Alone” is a fun and classic holiday movie not to be afraid of.

Whether watching during the holidays or the summertime, Kevin McCallister’s defenses against the Wet Bandits make for great comedic moments. 

However, the real-life implications of getting hit by a flying paint can and hot iron by an eight-year-old might be scarier than a home invasion. 

What do you think of our list? What is your favorite home invasion movie, and which ones did we miss?

For more horror and thriller movies, check out the “Top 13 Horror Movies for Tweens” and “Top 12 Best Camping Horror Movies.”

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