Intruders is available in: English on Netflix Bangladesh
Though no one can see him, Hollow Face lurks in the corners, desperately desiring love but only knowing how to spread fear and hate. He creeps into the life of John Farrow after Farrow’s beloved 13-year-old daughter Mia is assaulted in their home. The line between the real and the imaginary blurs as fissures start to open within the family unit. It seems that no security measure can keep Hollow Face out.
Two children, one in Spain, the other in England, are experiencing terrifying visits by the same demon who wants to possess them. The only viable link is that both children are writing a story…
A joint Spanish/English language production, Intruders is the sort of frustrating picture that has big and bold ideas on the page, but sadly on the screen in unfolds laboriously as it bites off more than it can chew. It came as no surprise to myself to find that upon opening internet sites frequented by horror fans, Intruders has greatly disappointed them. It’s rarely frightening, sags desperately in the middle section, the pay off is weak, and ultimately it only skirts the boundaries of being a “horror” film.
So, the lack of shocks and suspense in bona fide horror terms needs to be tempered with genre expectation levels, this is more a family drama with fantastical horror elements lurking around the edges of the frame. This of course doesn’t help anyone, like myself, who has bought into plot synopsis and the marketing strategy that accompanied the picture, but if able to see past the faceless demon that appears occasionally and promises something else? There’s a decent and honest adult film pulsing away here.
Clive Owen plays the troubled father of the piece and he once again, as he did in Trust, shows that given this type of material he can deliver a performance of emotional substance. He’s backed up by a very strong turn from young Ella Purnell as his daughter, and with the tech credits high – most notably Roque Baños’ superb musical score – there is much to enjoy here. But as thoughtful as it is, and as solid as the film makers credentials are, it’s reputation is unlikely to be enhanced anytime soon. 6.5/10