If there is one subgenre of horror that truly gets under my skin in a way most other arenas of the genre cannot, it’s when we get terror-filled stories that are based around the idea of someone invading the sanctity of our homes. The realism that comes from home invasion genre movies has always been so wholly effective for me as a viewer, because where we live is the one place where we don’t ever want or expect to feel unsafe, and I think these films tap into a universal fear that we all share one way or another.

So, if you’re looking to rattle some nerves this Halloween, here are 10 great movies available on various streaming platforms that should leave you checking all your closets for unwanted guests and keeping the lights on afterwards.

The Strangers: Prey at Night (Theatrical & Unrated Versions; Streaming on Amazon Prime)

A family's road trip takes a dangerous turn when three uninvited guests pay them a visit and test their every limit in The Strangers: Prey at Night.  

Hush (Streaming on Netflix)

She lives in isolation, a world of silence. It doesn’t mean she’s easy prey. One intruder finds that out the hard way.

Slumber Party Massacre II (Streaming on Amazon Prime)

The Driller Killer is back...and this time he's brought some heavy metal! A group of teenage girls' Slumber Party becomes a bloody nightmare when a leather clad hard rocker armed with a wild electric guitar/drill, goes on a killing spree. 

You’re Next (Streaming on Vudu)

The Davisons' family reunion goes awry when their home comes under siege by a mask-wearing team of crossbow-bearing assailants.

Trick or Treats (Streaming on Amazon Prime)

A baby sitter is stuck watching over a young brat on Halloween night who keeps playing vicious pranks on her. To add to her trouble the boy's deranged father has escaped from an asylum and is planning on making a visit. 

Intruders (Streaming on Amazon Prime)

Anna suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don't realize is that agoraphobia is not her only psychosis.  

Red Christmas (Streaming on Netflix)

Their holiday gathering was already tense. But an unexpected visitor will plunge this family into a bloody nightmare.

The Strangers (Streaming on Amazon Prime)

Explore your worst fears imaginable as a remote getaway becomes a psychological night of terror when three masked strangers invade in this shocking suspense thriller.  

Better Watch Out (Streaming on Shudder)

This holiday season, you may be home, but you’re not alone... In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror, babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould) when intruders break into the house one snowy night – or so she thinks.  

The Slumber Party Massacre (Streaming on Amazon Prime)

A high school student's slumber party turns terrifying as an escaped mental patient with a drill decides to crash the party.  


Looking for more ways to get into the spooky spirit this October? Check here to read all of our 2018 special features celebrating the Halloween season!

  • Heather Wixson
    About the Author - Heather Wixson

    Heather A. Wixson was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, until she followed her dreams and moved to Los Angeles in 2009. A 14-year veteran in the world of horror entertainment journalism, Wixson fell in love with genre films at a very early age, and has spent more than a decade as a writer and supporter of preserving the history of horror and science fiction cinema. Throughout her career, Wixson has contributed to several notable websites, including Fangoria, Dread Central, Terror Tube, and FEARnet, and she currently serves as the Managing Editor for Daily Dead, which has been her home since 2013. She's also written for both Fangoria Magazine & ReMind Magazine, and her latest book project, Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Volume One will be released on October 20, 2021.