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Intruders - Review


Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

JUAN Carlos Fresnadillo’s Intruders is a curious mix of horror and psychological drama that never realises its early potential.

Combining the classic horror template of The Exorcist and Candyman with the more revisionist leanings of the new wave of Spanish horror directors (Guillermo del Toro et al) the film eventually has trouble attempting to combine the real with the imagined.

The plot finds two children in separate countries terrorised by a faceless intruder with supposedly supernatural powers. In Spain, the boy and his mother Pilar López de Ayala and Izán Corchero) turning to the church for answers, while in England the girl and her dad (Ella Purnell and Clive Owen) attempt to tackle him head on before turning to the authorities.

Fresnadillo, who shot to prominence with 28 Weeks Later, builds early momentum with some suspenseful set pieces and nice nods to similar genre fare.

He creates an air of unease and intrigue that’s well supported by his cast.

But once the last act revelations expose lapses in logic and struggle to make the transition from horror to drama the film loses not only its tension but also its ability to be taken seriously. It feels like scant reward for the patience you’ve invested.

Fresnadillo, for his part, clearly has an eye for creepy design and doing things different and he draws convincing performances from Owen and Purnell especially. But his film still ends up feeling like an underwhelming letdown.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 100mins
UK Release Date: January 27, 2012