Home invasion movies are quickly becoming a quick-ticket in Hollywood these days. And no, I am not talking about some family-friendly "Home Alone" flick. Instead, we are going to bring to light horror home invasion films. With movies like 2007's "Funny Games", 2008's "The Strangers" and 2013's "The Purge" and "You're Next", it appears that this sub-genre of the horror field is truly beginning to find its footing with mainstream audiences.
These types of films have been around for decades, but it seems that only now are they a requested feature. Perhaps twenty years ago they were deemed too real, too scary, for audiences of the time. But now, they're welcomed. Have we become that desensitized to this sort of realism? Or are we beginning to appreciate this form of art? The truly frightening films are that which could actually happen; And sometimes, the bad guy gets away.
It's a running theme in horror films as a whole: moviegoers dare to be scared. It's a primal instinct and fear. It isn't so much that we enjoy watching horrible things happen to people we will never meet, but more so a type of "What would you do?" scenario.
So as long as we are wanting and welcoming the home invasion, there will always be a place for it in modern cinema. And filmmakers are getting more and more clever with their deliveries of these stories; Putting creepy masks on the intruders and having them wield every-day weapons just adds to the mystery and collective conscience that "this could be anybody!".