Sub-Genre: Home Invasion, Killer Kids.
When Horror fans talk about great Home Invasion flicks, especially of the New Millennium, The Strangers is probably the first one that comes to mind, and rightly so, as it was a great movie. Two years earlier though, there was a French film that came out abroad called Them (Ils), and it's a true shame that most people know about one, and not the other.
Them does the Home Invasion conceit to near perfection; its cat-and-mouse game in a spooky, darkly-lit house inspiring all kinds of fear. The fact that it involves kids doing the terrorizing made it even more chilling. There's not a lot of gore in this one, but that's alright; Them aims to play with your mind far more than it does gross you out, and in that, it absolutely hits the mark.
The first of four French movies on our countdown, Them is an excellent Home Invasion Thriller that should be seen by all.
See you tomorrow with #18!