Honey! Clive’s out in the rain again!

Theatrical Release Date: 03/30/2012
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Cast: Clive Owen, Carice van Houten, Daniel Brühl, Ella Purnell, Kerry Fox
Rated: R for terror, horror violence, some sexuality/nudity and language.
Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes


Has anyone ever said you look like a young Keira Knightley?

“Intruders” is a film about a girl (Ella Purnell) that finds a short story in the hollow of a tree. Upon reading the tale of a faceless monster that needs to steal the face of a child to be complete, she find herself tormented by the shadowy character. The film cuts between her father’s (Clive Owen) struggle to save her and the backstory of the tortured child (Izán Corchero) that wrote the original story.

At first, the film seems to be a relatively straightforward horror story, if a bit slow moving. As it progresses, it evolves as you begin to question the experiences of the characters. The twist ending, while telegraphed relatively early, does change your impression of the main characters, and shifts things towards more of a psychological thriller. While the film has a definitive ending, it leaves unanswered questions at the end, as I was left a bit unsure of my understanding of the events. It is kind of interesting, but could be unsatisfying for some audiences.

The acting is fine. Owen always delivers a good performance, and Purnell and Corchero do well for such young actors. The direction is fine, except for the occasional choppiness when switching back and forth between the two storylines. The story itself is interesting enough, but a bit slow moving.

Overall, it is a hard film to categorize. It is horror, I suppose. Or psychological thriller. For those that are looking for a typical slasher film, this won’t be your cup of tea. However, if you like to try to figure out where a film is going, this one does have some interesting moments. It’s worth a rent to check it out and “Intruders” get a 3 out of 5.

3 out of 5