8 Horror Movies About Home Invaders on Netflix in December 2023

Unwanted guests can be the worst. These recommendations for horror movies streaming on Netflix in December 2023 all feature house guests that no one would want to encounter.

The Strangers (2008), quite possibly the best home-invader movie, is currently streaming on Netflix.

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December is here, and that means the holiday season has arrived. For many people, the holidays include visits from family and friends. That means you might be expected to host any number of people visiting you from out of town. That’s all fine, but at a certain point you’re going to want them to leave. After a while your guests might feel like invaders in your home. These recommendations for horror movies streaming on Netflix in December all deal with unwanted guests.

If you’re looking for more horror movies related directly to Christmas, we already have a list dedicated to more than 25 of the best Christmas horror movies ever made. But when you think about it, Santa Claus is kind of a home invader himself. So this list still sort of counts as a Christmas-related horror list. Also be sure to heck out our recommendations of horror movies streaming on Tubi, all of which are inspired by the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

The Best Home-Invader Movies on Netflix in December 2023

1. The Strangers (2008)

The Strangers (2008)
Renny Harlin is set to direct a new trilogy of The Strangers movies, which will bring the franchise up to five films when they are complete.

Director: Bryan Bertino | Runtime: 85 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: senseless violence, isolation horror, creepy vibes

The Strangers is one of the best home-invasion movies because it relies on more agonizing tension rather than action and brutality. Also, with a new Strangers trilogy expected in 2024, now is the perfect time to visit or revisit the original.

2. Intrusion (2021)

Intrusion (2021)
Intrusion stars Frieda Pinto and Logan Marhsall-Green.

Director: Adam Salky | Runtime: 94 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: psychological thrillers, serial killers, missing people movies

Intrusion presents unwanted guests in your home in multiple ways. To explain that sentence too much would ruin the film’s many secrets. What can be revealed is that Intruders is about a husband and wife who survive a home invasion, but that event sets off a chain reaction that leads to painful revelations.

3. There’s Someone Inside Your House (2021)

There's Someone Inside Your House (2021)
There’s Someone Inside Your House is based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Stephanie Perkins.

Director: Patrick Brice | Runtime: 96 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: slashers, high-school horror, movies based on books

There’s Someone Inside Your House is a nicely-paced slasher that feels familiar in a good way. It’s not solely about a home-invasion, but like many suburban-based slasher movies, the killer does enter their victims’ homes uninvited.

4. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022)
The original Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) is about a bunch of clueless people wandering into someone else’s home and getting slaughtered. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022) seems to pay homage to that with the actions of its lead characters.

Director: David Blue Garcia | Runtime: 83 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: gory movies, slashers, requels

Texas Chainsaw Massacre can be either good or bad depending on your perspective and what you want from it. Its inclusion in this list of home-invader horror is also a matter of perspective. The impetus of the action is when people planning to gentrify a small Texas town enter an old woman’s place of residence (aka invade her home) and kick her out, thus incurring the wrath of Leatherface.

5. Gerald’s Game (2017)

Gerald's Game (2017)
With filmmaker Mike Flanagan moving away from Netflix and with some of his past work no longer streaming on the site, you should definitely watch Gerald’s Game sooner rather than later. (pictured: Carla Gugino)

Director: Mike Flanagan | Runtime: 103 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: psychological horror, single-location horror, Stephen King

What’s worse than a home invasion? A home invasion when you’re handcuffed to a bed. In Gerald’s Game, Jessie (Carla Gugino) is cuffed to a bed for some roleplaying with her husband. Her husband dies of a heart attack, leaving Jessie trapped in bed with no escape. As her senses begin to deteriorate, Jessie thinks she sees a stranger in her room. But is he really there?

6. His House (2020)

His House (2020)
His House is a moving thriller with great performances from its leads Wunmi Mosaku and Sope Dirisu (pictured).

Director: Remi Weekes | Runtime: 93 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: haunted houses, immigrant stories, emotional horror

His House isn’t like the other home-invader movies on this list. It’s about trying to escape one’s past, and learning to live with what you carry with you. That idea takes the form of a supernatural narrative in which a refugee couple from South Sudan encounter multiple beings in their new home in England.

7. I See You (2019)

I See You (2019)
I See You involves phrogging, which is the act of secretly staying in some else’s house.

Director: Adam Randall | Runtime: 98 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: home invasion movies, serial killers, twisty thrillers

I See You is a tense thriller that repeatedly peels back its layers so that the context of what we’re watching changes multiple times. Keeping spoilers to a minimum, one of the layers involves a pair of people living inside a family’s home without the family’s knowledge.

8. Us (2019)

Us (2019)
The home-invaders in Us are called the “Tethered” because of their connections to us.

Director: Jordan Peele | Runtime: 116 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: doppelgängers, psychological horror, metaphorical stories

In Us, the home invaders are us. Or rather, they are twisted versions of the family portrayed in the film. After you finish watching Us, you might wonder just how different uninvited guests are from the rest of us.

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Chris has a degree in film studies at Temple University’s campus in Tokyo, Japan. He is a renowned expert on horror cinema.