The silver screen sages at moviefone.com have taken a look back over the home invasion cinematic oeuvre and drawn a few obvious lessons for future characters in potential peril. If you’ve ever sat in the dark, looking through your fingers and shouting in futility at the character on the screen, ‘don’t open that door!,’ you’ve pretty much got it. They’ve come up with ten gems like ‘don’t split up’, ‘turn off the lights’ and ‘avoid psychopathic sleepovers.’ You know, obvious strategies like that. From ‘Home Alone’ they’ve concluded that booby traps are a good way to go when repelling marauders. And they like they way Jodie Foster channeled her inner badass in ‘Panic Room’ . . .
Of course, there’s one option conspicuous by its absence: use your home defense weapon. Nowhere in their top ten do they list, “rack your Mossberg Persuader” or “draw down on the masked freak with your Kahr P9.” Because let’s face it — if the the hapless homeowners in the ten motion pictures they mention had been armed to begin with, those movies would have only lasted about as long as your average trailer, rather than the feature-length masterpieces they are. Bummer.