The Strangers … Because You Were Home

Sometimes simple is better. For all intensive purposes, The Strangers is really just another home invasion thriller. Though critics were lukewarm on it, audiences turned out in larger than expected numbers. Over its theatrical run, The Strangers hauled in just over $80 million worldwide a $9 million dollar budget. Given that box office success, it’s […]

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See For Me Downloads a New Twist to the Home Invasion Movie

As the 2022 year hits a sluggish stride with Omnicron making it feel like 2021, a handful of indie horror movies have popped up on video-on-demand. Canadian home invasion thriller, See For Me, is amongst these early entries. While home invasion thriller are nothing new in the genre, See For Me introduces a novel twist […]

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For the Sake of Vicious Delivers Bloody Grindhouse Home Invasion

Sometimes a title tells you everything you need to know about a movie. Though For the Sake of Vicious saw a limited theatrical release in 2021, most horror fans will just be getting a look at it now as it pops up on streaming platforms. Both its tile and promotional material promise some old-fashioned Grindhouse […]

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On The Second Day of Christmas: Better Watch Out a Subversively Fun Stocking Stuffer

There aren’t many jobs in horror movies worse than babysitting. Since John Carpenter’s Halloween unleased ‘The Shape’ on Laurie Strode in 1978, the babysitter-in-peril has almost become its own subgenre. And we’ve seen plenty of horror directors flip the script, particularly in the years following Wes Craven’s Scream. On its face, Better Watch Out doesn’t […]

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Alone in the Dark: Forgotten Home Invasion Thriller Worth a Few Scares

Before New Line Cinemas struck gold with the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, it was largely an independent film distribution company. By the 1980s, New Line was slowly breaking into producing its own original movies. Not surprisingly, one of its early successes was a small horror movie – Alone in the Dark. And no, not […]

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Don’t Breathe 2 Delivers More Violence, Less Suspense

Following the surprise critical and box office success of Don’t Breathe, a sequel was inevitable. Ghost House Entertainment and original director and writer Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead) took a little longer than expected to get the ball rolling. And the COVID-19 pandemic delayed its release by over a year. But Don’t Breathe 2 finally hit […]

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Babysitter Must Die Can’t Decide What Kind of Movie It Wants To Be

Hands down, babysitting is one of the worst jobs in horror movies. Halloween. When a Stranger Calls. The Babysitter. Better Watch Out. The House of the Devil. Annabelle Comes Home. And those are just the more notable examples. In horror movies, babysitting should come with hazard pay. One could almost consider the ‘babysitter in peril’ […]

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The Owners: British Home Invasion Falls Just Short of ‘Hidden Gem’ Status

Since Audrey Hepburn fought off violent criminals in 1967’s Wait Until Dark, the home-invasion thriller has been a staple of horror. From Straw Dogs to The Strangers, Hollywood has exploited the suburban nightmare of ‘others’ invading the domestic sphere. And just when the subgenre was losing steam, a handful of filmmakers found ways to subvert […]

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