Though there are countless horror movie sub-genres, one of the most persistent and enduring throughout the decades is undeniably the home invasion film.
Typically characterised by a family of innocents being attacked by unwanted intruders in the middle of the night, there's a universality to these kinds of movies which in turn makes them incredibly relatable.
If the horror genre has enjoyed enormous success by reflecting society's collective concerns back at them, what can be more common a fear than a murderous interloper breaking into your house at 3am?
But as with anything popular, the home invasion movie has also been driven firmly into the ground by dozens if not hundreds of also-ran imitators hoping to artlessly cash-in on a hit trend.
Yet the cream inevitably rises to the top, as is certainly the case with these 10 home invasion films, which surely rank among the best of their kind.
From clever subversions of the sub-genre's formula to more conventional yet equally spectacular efforts, these films all got firmly under viewers' skin and maybe even left them sleeping with the light on...
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