Monday, August 13, 2012


Two children living in different countries are visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them. (via imdb)

Just some quick thoughts on this 2011 foreign thriller directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later, Intacto, and the upcoming Highlander reboot) and starring Clive Owen. The slick marketing suggests something in the vein of Nightmare on Elm Street -- I’m surprised it wasn’t called Hollowface. But Intruders in no way resembles a supernatural slasher flick. Aside from some brief nudity and a few intense scenes, I’m not sure how it got an R-rating. The ole bait and switch might bring in extra eyeballs initially, but only results in bad word of mouth in the long run.

I was searching for the right adjective to describe this film, and I came to the same conclusion as several Netflix reviewers: Shyamalanesque. There’s a big mind-bending twist in the third act that makes you reevaluate everything you’ve seen up to that point. If the S-word didn’t make you head for the hills screaming, I can say the twist is... different. I appreciate a story that takes the less traveled path. Now the twist doesn’t totally work and it seems more than a little implausible, but the actors really sell the scene.

Although Intruders will probably annoy many a horror fan with its false advertising, there’s some worthwhile stuff for aspiring writers. A script with multiple storylines can be a challenge. For the most part, this worked well. And see it for the (shaky) twist!

I don’t know what this bodes for Fresnadillo’s Highlander reboot, but Intruders and 28 Weeks Later seem to suggest an interest in the parent-child bond. I'm guessing Connor MacLeod is gonna have some Daddy issues...

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