Blu-rays for the Weekend: Home invasions

In Don’t Breathe – out in UK cinemas today – a trio of reckless thieves breaks into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong.

It’s the latest in a line of home invasion movies that have thrilled and terrified in equal measures. If you’re looking for something to warm you up before you see Don’t Breathe, why not check out one of these Blu-rays…

Panic Roompanic room

Director David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club, The Social Network), Panic Room was one of the first of the recent home invasion thrillers. Trapped in their New York brownstone’s panic room, a hidden chamber built as a sanctuary in the event of break-ins, newly divorced Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) and her daughter, Sarah (Kristen Stewart), play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with three intruders–Burnham (Forest Whitaker), Raoul (Dwight Yoakam) and Junior (Jared Leto) — during a brutal home invasion. But the room itself is the focal point because what the intruders really want is inside it. Depending which edition you choose, you can look forward to bonus features including multiple commentaries and insights into the making of the film.

You’re Nextyoure next 

A family reunion turns into a bloodbath in this 2014 home invasion horror thriller. After arriving at their idyllic country mansion, Paul and Aubrey Davison (Rob Moran and Barbara Crampton)’s family settle down for some rare quality time together. But just as they begin to relax and unwind, the family find themselves targeted by a group of deranged killers wearing animal masks. As the desperate victims face a frenzied battle for survival, a family member’s girlfriend, Erin (Sharni Vinson), ably demonstrates that she’s more than capable of holding her own. The Blu-ray includes two commentaries and a making-of featurette.

The Strangersthe strangers

When young couple Kristen (Liv Tyler) and James (Scott Speedman) arrive at an isolated holiday home belonging to James’ parents, they are looking forward to getting some much-needed rest after travelling back from a wedding reception. But terror awaits them when three masked strangers burst into the house in the middle of the night, turning their peaceful retreat into a living hell and forcing them to fight for their lives. The Strangers was one of 2008’s scariest films and is well worth revisiting on Blu-ray, where you’ll also find special features like making-of featurette The Elements of Terror.

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