Quick question: why are your senses spiked every time you’re left home alone? Even the slightest noise coming from upstairs raises a thousand possibilities in your mind. A single phone call catches you off guard. A thunder strike makes you spill your drink. It’s not paranoia – it’s just a universal fear of being taken hostage in your own apartment.
You’ve seen enough movies to know what happens when an intruder sneaks into your house and stalks your every move. But these movies also give you survival tactics and prepare you for the worst.
Given that, check out the following best-of-the-best home invasion movies, which present various scenarios, and offer hints on how to face them.
Just imagine: you’ve been invited to your boyfriend’s family anniversary getaway. Everything seems perfectly normal, and everyone’s really nice to you. You’re seated at a large dinner table, laughing and celebrating, when a weird noise is heard from the outside. Someone goes to the window to check it out, and WHOOSH! Crossbows are shot, killing him. Things quickly escalate from there, as each family member is hunted one by one by masked killers. The problem is: you’re locked inside with them. What are you to do?
- Stay as low and quiet as possible.
- Don’t trust anyone.
- Change positions. Don’t stay hidden in one place.
- Gather weapons from the stuff that’s lying around you.
- Put your phone on silent, and text 911.
- Keep your ears sharp and watch your every move.
- Most importantly: don’t panic!
Evan Webber is your everyday guy. He is an architect with a wife and two kids, with whom he lives with in a big apartment. Because of his one major assignment, he’s forced to stay at home while the rest of his family goes away on vacation. The night becomes extremely dark, and it starts raining when he hears the front door being knocked. Two young girls stand there shivering and ask for a phone call. He opens the door to them, spends a steamy night, then wakes up to find them wreaking havoc, killing the dog, destroying his stuff, and even burying him in the ground. What should he have done? And more importantly, what are you to learn from his fate?
- Never let appearances fool you! Just because someone looks harmless, it doesn’t mean that they are.
- Always use your doorbell cam or other advanced surveillance options, like a Vivint security camera, to see who’s at the door before opening it. Communicate with them through the two-way audio system, and ask what they want.
- Don’t ever let anyone inside your house. Or if you do, do not let them stay there for a long time. Constrict your hospitality for strangers.
- Even if you absolutely have to let someone in, make sure that you’re not alone and that there is someone with you.
- Hide your firearms carefully so that they’re not used against you.
- Contact the authorities through various means, and don’t just rely on your phone, which might be cut off.
When a Stranger Calls
Step into the shoes of a teenager, one who is asked to babysit a grand house. You need the money, so you go ahead and take the job. How hard can it be? Just two kids to look after for a few hours and you’ll be done. After putting them to bed, you sit down in the living room and try to relax. Suddenly, the phone starts ringing. You receive the call, and someone with a hoarse voice says, “Have you checked the children?” This makes shivers run up and down your spine. From then on, mysterious phone calls from unknown numbers start bombarding you with fear and paranoia, until the stalker reveals himself to be inside the house the entire time. He runs after you with murderous intent. What are you to do?
- Hide the innocent, as they may be used against you. I’m talking about the children and the aura of vulnerability that they usually carry.
- Gather weapons and defend yourself.
- Try to head for the emergency exit and contact the authorities.
How are you to protect yourself on a night when all sorts of crimes are legal? A night where blood runs free on the streets, and all morals die a most gruesome death? A night where you can chop off anyone’s head and there will be no ramifications?
- Seal up your entire house with deadbolts or advanced automated locks. Shield the windows with solid steel bars and automated aluminum bulletproof slabs.
- Have protective firearms and other makeshift weapons ready for defense.
- Come up with an emergency exit plan which the whole family will follow if the worst comes to worst.
- Have total surveillance outside the house, along with motion detectors, to know who’s coming for you on such a night.
Suppose you’re a writer suffering from writer’s block. You go into the woods in a lonely cabin to isolate yourself from the distracting world and to regain your abilities. But little do you know that a masked serial killer has followed you there, and is watching your movements closely. He even steals your phone, sending you current pictures of yourself, startling you out of your senses. You hurriedly close the door on his face, and now he prowls outside your property, waiting for you to come out or for a chance to get in. One little downside: you have a deficiency. You can’t hear or speak. What are you to do?
- Use a laptop to contact the outside world, calling your friends virtually and explaining your situation through sign language. This silence might actually be a pro, as the killer can’t detect your position aurally.
- Shut off power, compromise the attacker’s vision, and hide in a nook. Keep an eye on his movements using outdoor surveillance, if you have it.
- Use the attacker’s own tactics against him.
So do you recognize the educational value that movies have? One can learn a lot from them, as the examples highlighted above prove.