Always creepier is the monster in the shadows than the guy with the rubber mask and an axe. Particularly when it’s victims are children and not drunken coeds. So I was expecting to at the very least be creeped out by this movie, maybe even scared. And if it turned out it sucked, there was still Clive Owen.
In the movie Intruders, no just one but two children in separate countries are being terrorized by an shadowy entity. In Spain, Juan (Izán Corchero) is visited, well terrorized, nightly by the cloaked figure that he only seems to see. At first his mother Luisa (Pilar López de Ayala) thinks it’s just bad dreams and an overactive imagination until she sees it for herself. Feeling helpless to do anything about it, she seeks out a priest to try and help her son.
In London, Mia (Ella Purnell) finds a small box in a hole in a tree on her grandparent’s land. Inside the box is a story written about an entity known as Hollowface. After sharing the story with her class, Mia starts receiving visits from Hollowface herself. Her father, John Farrow (Clive Owen) who she is very close to, tries to help allay her fears but once he sees Hollowface for himself it becomes a fight to save his daughter’s life.
This movie is not as straightforward as it initially seems, not even for a movie with a creepy boogeyman. Things would be a lot easier if everyone could see Hollowface but that’s not the case. If that were the case then it would just be your garden variety horror film, but instead it is a interesting psychological thriller. Are these separate parents and children being terrorized by an otherworldly presence or are they just merely suffering from a shared psychological delusion?
Overall this movie was pretty decent. It does drag in places and I have a small problem with the plausibility of parts of the ending (and not because there is a Hollowface to begin with) but not enough to ruin the movie. That being said the ending was not what I was expecting although if I had been paying more attention I should have. I also think having the two very different locations and having the parts with Juan in Spanish helped the storyline not feel repetitive. The monster was appropriately creepy as well as the attack scenes. Clive Owen isn’t too bad in it either.