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Imagine this: You go away on holiday, but things don’t go according to plan. So, you go home early. When you arrive, however, it turns out your empty house isn’t quite so empty…

A frightening premise, to be sure, but there have been several other, arguably scarier, films revolving around home invasions. Here we take a look at six of the best.

 

Panic Room (2002)

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David Fincher’s 2002 thriller didn’t get the acclaim of some of his other films, but he certainly put his heart and soul into it. With as many effects shots as any summer blockbuster, Fincher’s movie is an underrated gem, the rare film that instils a genuine sense of unease in its audience.  Second choice lead actress Jodie Foster puts in a stellar performance as a single mother in a new home, fighting to look after her diabetic daughter (Kristen Stewart) in the midst of a terrifying home invasion.

When three men break in one night, Foster’s Meg and daughter Sarah take refuge in the panic room. Only problem is, they’ve locked themselves in with the exact thing the burglars are after. Fincher sets the scene perfectly, using a moving set and CGI shots to allow the camera, and hence the audience, to fully permeate the building. Whilst Fincher is in perfect control, however, the characters are not, as the balance of power shifts continually, both between the victims and the perpetrators, and between the criminal group themselves, as the plan continues to go awry, and events become ever more threatening.

Panic Room is a great movie, which uses technological advances to portray the true terror of being trapped in your own home, with three very dangerous intruders.

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