Intruders (2012)

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Critic Consensus: Intruders has a fantastic first act but then settles into a bland plot and scare tactics that aren't all too scary.


Movie Info

Intruders tells parallel stories of two families whose lives are disrupted by menacing apparitions: in Spain, a mother tries to protect her son from a faceless stranger, while in Britain, a young girl has terrifying dreams of a demon who becomes a real danger to her and her family. -- (C) Universal

Rating: R (for terror, horror violence, some sexuality/nudity and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense , Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Jaime Marques , Nicolás Casariego
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 17, 2012
Box Office: $64.7k
Runtime:
Millennium Entertainment - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Intruders

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (17)

Gets disappointingly literal with what proves to be a goofy psychological story.

Full Review… | March 30, 2012
Film.com
Top Critic

This is ... an intelligent, scary little movie. Because it's smart enough to know what's really scary is what's inside us.

Full Review… | March 30, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

"Intruders'' looks great and has a promising opening, but this atmospheric Spanish psychological thriller is otherwise pretty underwhelming.

Full Review… | March 30, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Don't tease that we might see a face get torn off and only give us what amounts to several noogies-from-the-beyond.

Full Review… | September 8, 2014
Under the Radar

I could think of a half dozen things that INTRUDERS almost says, but the film doesn't take the time to actually say any of them.

Full Review… | April 3, 2013
Badass Digest

Intruders is a thriller hybrid that goes a long way and it is definitely worth the watch.

Full Review… | September 18, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Intruders

One of those movies that started out with a lot of promise, but by the end I was like "huh?". Too bad, as par for the course for most horror films these days...

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Back in the VHS boom of the eighties I spent way too much time watching horror movies. You see, back then horror was the genre of choice for straight to video productions and my local rental stores would get about five new genre titles a week. The most anticipated tapes were those featuring a recurring villain, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Chucky, The Critters etc. The current cycle of horror has been lacking a franchise with such a character but "Intruders" may just have given us one. His name is Hollowface and his schtick is lurking in kid's closets, awaiting the chance to steal their faces. He's a pretty good addition to the horror villain roster, almost a cross between Candyman and Freddy Krueger, but sadly doesn't get the movie he deserves here.
Fresnadilla previously helmed "28 Weeks Later" and didn't do a very good job but at least here he eschews the rapid editing that butchered that movie. He instead goes for brooding atmosphere but lacks the skill to create any real tension.
For a genre film this has a lot of quality acting talent but it's Purnell as Owen's victimised daughter who really shines here. Last year she showed Kiera Knightley to be average at best by playing her younger self in "Never Let Me Go" and the Waffler predicts a big future for her.
The main problem with this movie is that the film-makers take it too seriously and just don't have the skill to aim so high. If they focus more on their villain this could potentially become a fun little straight to DVD franchise.

themoviewaffler.com
The Movie Waffler

Super Reviewer

What starts as an intense and thoughtful exploration into the nature of fear turns into a poorly constructed thriller that half heartily examines post traumatic stress disorder.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

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