When it comes to home invasion movies, life and art tend to bleed into one another. Some movies are inspired by actual events and in other cases people mimic the things that they see in movies to create real life terrifying events. The chicken/egg argument running through debates about life, art and imitation almost don’t matter when it comes to home invasion movies. The fact is that with or without art, home invasions happen every day all over the world. While watching fictitious events– no matter how outlandish, it’s always good to think about home security and which strategies would work best in a real life situation.
Here are a few home invasion movies which may spark thoughtful conversation in your family and help you in planning your home security system and its components:
1. Panic Room
Starring Jodie Foster and Forest Whitaker, this is one of the best home invasion movies anyone can watch for a glimpse of what is possible when armed strangers break into an occupied home. The plot revolves around a mother who is home alone with her diabetic daughter when a gang of bandits break in. The family finds temporary refuge in a specially designed panic room, but, as the story unfolds, you’ll see that a lot more is needed in order to keep them safe from violent men who refuse to leave.
2. No Good Deed
A more recent rendition of a home invasion tale, No Good Deed stars Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson. When Elba’s character escapes prison, he shows up at a suburban family’s doorstep in the middle of the night. We’ve talked and talked about the dangers of opening your door to strangers and home invasion movies like this one are precisely why. Had a two-way video intercom been installed, as well as a monitored home security system, a whole lot of terror and drama may have been circumvented.
3. Home Alone
Technically a comedy (and a very funny one at that), Home Alone is a good way to introduce children to the idea of home security without scaring the pants off of them. Starring Macaulay Culkin, there are actually three Home Alone installments, but the first is probably the best and most effective for teaching children that they can be empowered by knowing how to use home security for their own protection. Accidentally left alone while his family goes on vacation, Culkin’s character has to fend for himself when two criminals break into his home. This is one of those home invasion movies which offers totally ridiculous and outlandish scenarios, but rest assured that it will definitely underscore the need for optimal security and prove that children should be included in the conversation when it comes to customizing a system.
Understand that this post is not intended to rate or review any of the above flicks. We simply believe that each can be used to spark helpful conversations about the need for better home security.
What are some of your favorite home invasion movies? Have movies about home security ever made you really think about building or upgrading your own system? We want to hear your thoughts, so please share them below.