It's this fear that home invasion movies prey upon. So with this weekend's release of yet another
-"You're Next"- let's take a look at ten of the best (and some of the most outrageous) examples of the genre.
Much in the same vein as "Desperate Hours," this early installment stars Frank Sinatra as the chief antagonist. But instead of simply needing a place to hide from police, he's actually setting up a base of operations for a Presidential assassination.
This classic film stars Humphrey Bogart as a criminal who, along with his criminal pals, takes a family hostage in their own home as an act of desperation. Although it's something of a forgotten classic and rarely mentioned in conversations about Bogart's biggest roles, it's arguably the film that invented the genre.
Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine buy their dream house and rent one of the first-floor apartments to Michael Keaton, who turns out to be a total sketchball. He stiffs them financially and then uses the law to psychologically and financially terrorize them.
This Macaulay Culkin vehicle made him one of the biggest stars in Hollywood (albeit temporarily) and became a pop culture phenomenon. Even though it's supposed to be a family comedy, in terms of sheer volume it's one of the most violent mainstream films ever made.
The People Under the Stairs
When a Stranger Calls (1979)
This film's based on the old campfire horror story about the babysitter who gets threatening phone calls and has the police trace it, only to find out that the calls are coming "from inside the house." Ohhhhhh crap.
Funny Games (1997)
The Ref (1994)
Dennis Leary gets more than he bargained for when he takes a couple hostage after he bungles a burglary attempt. The bickering couple begin to drive him nuts, and suddenly he becomes hostage to their insecurities, paranoia, and dysfunction.
Straw Dogs (1971)