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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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)
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.