In anticipation of this weekend’s home invasion thriller No Good Deed, starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, we decided to count down our top 10 entries in the genre in chronological order. But before we present the list, let’s briefly expand on the genre itself. First off, we’re defining a home invasion as an attack on one or more individuals in a private space, be it a house, a vacation home, or a houseboat. The attack must comprise at least one full act of the film, which helps differentiate legitimate entries into the genre from films like A Clockwork Orange, which feature brief invasion scenes but don’t really belong in the canon. Finally, all the players must be human beings, not monsters, ghosts, or unstoppable killing machines named Michael Myers. This prevents us from blurring the lines between home invasion films and straight-up monster movies.
September 10, 2014 | 12:00am ET