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Monday, October 19, 2020

The Tables Are Turned in ‘The Owners’ and These 8 Home Invasion Horror Films

Nothing hits as close to home in horror as a home invasion movie. It’s as much to do with strangers violating the sanctity of our dwelling as it is the realism – we’re far more likely to encounter a dangerous burglar than a werewolf on the prowl. The realistic thrills of home invasion films can offer some of the most intense horror and some of the biggest surprises when the formula is subverted. In The Owners, a group of friends think they’ve chosen the perfect score in a large estate owned by an elderly couple. When the couple arrives home early, the erstwhile robbers realize they picked the wrong house when the tables are turned.

Maisie Williams (Game of ThronesNew Mutants) stars as Mary, a young woman unwittingly drawn into the attempted robbery through her boyfriend and friends. When Dr. Huggins (Sylvester McCoy) and his wife Ellen (Rita Tushingham) reveal their deranged side, Mary is caught in the middle of one twisted cat-and-mouse game. Jake Curran, Ian Kenny, and Andrew Ellis also star. The Owners was directed by Julius Berg, who co-wrote the screenplay with Matthieu Gompel.

RLJE Films is bringing this home invasion thriller with a twist to DVD and Blu-ray on October 20, 2020. We look back at eight home invasion movies that also turned the tables on their invaders in anticipation.


Intruders (2015)

Anna (Beth Riesgraf) has crippling agoraphobia. So much so that she’s been unable to leave her childhood home in the ten years since her father’s death. After the death of her brother, three criminals break in, hoping to steal her fortune. They soon realize that Anna harbors more issues than agoraphobia. Anna turns the tables on her robbers, though she’s far more vulnerable than your standard tough-as-nails final girl. If you could call her a final girl at all- her childhood home masks some warped secrets that’ll make this trio deeply regret ever setting foot in the place.


Bad Samaritan

Sean (Robert Sheehan) uses his job as a valet to burglarize the car owners’ homes. He bites off more than he can chew when he finds a woman chained and held captive at the home of wealthy patron Cale (David Tennant). Unable to help her, he flees and calls authorities, who can’t find any evidence of her. It sparks a deadly cat-and-mouse game between home invaders and homeowner.


The Uninvited Guest

In this Spanish thriller, Felix allows a stranger into his large home to use the phone late one night. In minutes, Felix loses track of the man, and he disappears without a trace. When he begins to hear strange noises, he suspects the man never left. It sends Felix on a downward spiral of paranoia and desperation. The Uninvited Guest isn’t your average home invasion thriller; this time, the protagonist turns the tables on himself as his fear and obsession cause him to invade another home. The invaded becomes the invader, with dire consequences.


Villains

Lovebirds Mickey (Bill Skarsgård) and Jules (Maika Monroe) are amateur criminals on their way to Florida when they stumble upon an isolated house. Thinking they’ll find one last haul needed for their journey inside, they break-in, not realizing the home belongs to one sadistic couple with a secret. Darkly funny, this crime thriller features memorable characters. Deranged couple Gloria (Kyra Sedgwick) and George (Jeffrey Donovan) memorably chew scenery, but Skarsgård and Monroe bring the heart as bumbling criminals deeply in love.


The Last House on the Left

Both the 1972 and 2009 remake apply in this context. Wes Craven’s brutal debut sees a group of thugs seeking a place to crash after escaping prison and spending a night ruthlessly assaulting and torturing young girls. They don’t realize that they’ve chosen the girls’ parents’ home. When the parents connect the dots, they don’t give the convicts a chance to think; they want vengeance. Primal rage over their profound loss causes the Collingwoods to deliver shocking violence, effectively turning the tables on some of horror’s most vile villains.


Funny Games

This Austrian psychological thriller sees two men take a family hostage in their vacation home, forcing them to play disturbing “games” for their entertainment. It’s bleak, violent, and one of the most brutal home invasion films of all. It’s not the family that winds up turning the tables on their invaders, though. In this meta-horror film, the invaders break the fourth wall to turn the table on the audience, lobbing criticisms toward those that derive pleasure from movies like this one. It doesn’t get much more subversive than this.


You’re Next

Director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett created a fan favorite with this home invasion twist. Erin (Sharni Vinson) accompanies her boyfriend to his family reunion in their rural home, but it’s soon interrupted by a trio of masked killers. Their plans to decimate the family are thwarted by Erin, who reveals her secret talent for survival. Deeply funny as it is bloody, You’re Next charms with its eccentric characters and a formidable final girl in Erin. It’s never been so satisfying to see home invaders have the tables turned on them as it is here.


Don’t Breathe

Stephen Lang and Dylan Minnette star in Screen Gems' horror-thriller DON'T BREATHE.

Fede Alvarez’s follow up to Evil Dead is intense. This edge of your seat home invasion thriller pits three criminals against a blind war veteran, utterly unaware that their target is the opposite of helpless. What’s worse is that the veteran harbors disturbing secrets deep within his home, and he’s willing to kill to protect them. A simple concept is rendered downright chilling. In home invasion thrillers, viewers tend to root for the tables getting turned on invaders, but this mean little thriller takes it to nail-biting extremes.


Look for The Owners to turn the tables on their home invaders when it hits DVD and Blu-ray on October 20, 2020.



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