Intruders

Overview

A mysterious beast stalks innocent children in this thriller from Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. In the 1980s, Juan Izan Corchero is a young boy with an active imagination and a talent for writing stories. However, he is being terrorized by a strange creature that lurks in his room late at night and doesn't seem to have a face. Juan's mother Luisa Pilar Lopez de Ayala is skeptical at first, but comes to believe demonic forces are at work and asks a local priest Daniel Bruehl to chase the spirits out. ...
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Overview

A mysterious beast stalks innocent children in this thriller from Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. In the 1980s, Juan Izan Corchero is a young boy with an active imagination and a talent for writing stories. However, he is being terrorized by a strange creature that lurks in his room late at night and doesn't seem to have a face. Juan's mother Luisa Pilar Lopez de Ayala is skeptical at first, but comes to believe demonic forces are at work and asks a local priest Daniel Bruehl to chase the spirits out. However, it soon becomes obvious Satan is not the one to blame for the horrible visits. Three decades later, John Clive Owen and Susanna Carice van Houten are the parents of Mia Ella Purnell, a 13-year-old girl. John is fiercely protective of his daughter, and when she's attacked in her room late one night, he's determined to find whoever or whatever is responsible. As it happens, Mia is being visited by Hollowface, a monster similar to the one who was stalking Juan, and he's just as difficult to frighten away. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's first directorial project after his commercial breakthrough with 28 Weeks Later, Intruders was an official selection at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Aside from rude cell-phone owners and overpriced concessions, one of the most frustrating aspects of being a movie lover is sitting through a film in which all of the factors -- acting, direction, cinematography, costumes, and set design -- come together except for one. When the potential onscreen is plain to see, yet one nagging component prevents it all from creating a satisfying whole, it can be worse than watching a movie that's downright terrible. The eagerly anticipated follow-up to his breakthrough film 28 Weeks Later, Intacto director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's third feature scores on every front but the screenplay. And more disheartening than failing completely, the worst part is that it feels like writers Nicolas Casariego and Jaime Marques were merely a draft or two away from crafting a clever, inventive supernatural-psychological thriller -- if only they'd taken the time to flesh out their ideas a bit more, Intruders could have been the kind of sleeper that steadily gains a loyal audience thanks to strong word of mouth. A shadowy figure terrorizes two children in different countries as their parents face the daunting task of exorcising a demon that displays no fear in its determination to claim the young innocents. Attacked in his bedroom by a faceless, hooded specter who nearly drags him to his death, young Juan Izan Corchero begs his mother Luisa Pilar Lopez de Ayala to protect him from the vicious shadow. But the harder Luisa and a local priest Daniel Bruhl work to vanquish the demon, the more apparent it becomes that Juan's imagination may be getting the best of him. Meanwhile, far away in another country, 13-year-old Mia Ella Purnell discovers a handwritten story about a ghost named Hollowface, and claims authorship of it before reading it aloud to her terrified classmates. Soon thereafter, the same figure stalking Juan appears in Mia's closet, mounting a nightmarish midnight attack as her parents John Clive Owen and Susanna Carice van Houten fight to protect their daughter. Later, when Mia loses her ability to speak, her doctor makes a shocking discovery about the elusive cloaked figure that hunts her from the darkness. As the mystery of Hollowface unfolds, there's little question that a respectable amount of talent went into making Intruders: The cinematography is handsome, the ghost-attack scenes are spooky and well-executed, and a daytime scene atop a towering construction site keeps the suspense high even when we're not peering into the darkness in search of menacing figures. Yet despite some tense sequences and inspired imagery, the stilted pacing as we jump back and forth between Juan and Mia's stories prevents the movie from ever really hitting a compelling stride. Likewise, the mythology of Hollowface feels too threadbare to truly take root in the film's reality, and the resolution comes off as decidedly anticlimactic after a methodical buildup that demands patience and close attention on the viewer's behalf. Though solid performances from an all-around talented cast keep us rooting for the characters, Casariego and Marques' almost-there script prevents us from losing ourselves in the story enough for it to really hit home. Intruders isn't an awful film, but after Fresnadillo's impressive debut and his strong work with 28 Weeks Later, it's hard not to see it as a disappointment. Here's hoping the next time the emerging director gets behind the camera, he's got the screenwriting talent to back up his impressive vision.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2012
  • UPC: 687797135995
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Rating:

  • Source: Millennium
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Color / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,783

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clive Owen John Farrow
Carice van Houten Sue Farrow, Susanna "Sue" Farrow
Daniel Brühl Antonio
Pilar López de Ayala Luisa
Ella Purnell Mia
Izan Corchero Juan
Kerry Fox Dr. Rachel,
Héctor Alterio
Adrian Rawlins
Michael Nardone
Mark Wingett
Peter McNeil O'Connor
Mary Woodwine
Lolita Chakrabarti
Ralph Ineson
Adam Leese
Raymond Wearing
Ella Hunt
Imogen Gray
Ella Marie Hunt
Roque Banos Conductor
Technical Credits
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Director
Ricardo Garcia Arrojo Executive Producer
Belen Atienza Producer
Shaheen Baig Casting
Alain Bainee Production Designer
Roque Banos Score Composer
Aitor Berenguer Sound/Sound Designer
Nacho Ruiz Capillas Editor
Nicolas Casariego Screenwriter
Enrique Chediak Cinematographer
Esther Cocero Casting
Jesus de la Vega Executive Producer
Mercedes Gamero Producer
Tatiana Hernandez Costumes/Costume Designer
Enrique Lopez Lavigne Producer
Jaime Marques Screenwriter
James Munoz Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Intruders
1. Opening Credits [9:48]
2. Curious Cat [7:56]
3. Hollow Face [7:52]
4. Nightmare [10:07]
5. Scared? [9:07]
6. No Foul Play [5:54]
7. Things I Imagine [7:36]
8. She''s Alright [8:37]
9. Folie a Deux [6:37]
10. Nice Room [11:20]
11. I Know [9:27]
12. End Credits [5:25]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Intruders
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio
         English 5.1 Digital Surround
         English 2.0 Stereo
      Subtitles
         English SDH
         Spanish
         Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Featurette
      Behind The Scenes
      Previews
         Intruders
         Bernie
         Little Birds
         Rampart
         Red Lights
   Digital Copy
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