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.

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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:
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Clive Owen
as John Farrow
Carice van Houten
as Susanna "Sue" Farrow
Daniel Brühl
as Father Antonio
Kerry Fox
as Dr. Rachel
Héctor Alterio
as Old Priest
Adrian Rawlins
as Police Inspector
Peter McNeil O'Connor
as David Wareton
Ralph Ineson
as Alarm Installer
Adam Leese
as Policeman #1
Ella Marie Hunt
as Ella Foster
Imogen Gray
as Lilly
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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 29, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Why do so many horror movies that begin with promise fall apart in the final act?

Full Review… | March 29, 2012
ReelViews
Top Critic

If you don't guess the big twist in the first 30 minutes, "Intruders" is half of a good movie. If you do, it's about a third of a good movie.

Full Review… | March 29, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's a pleasure to find that Mr. Fresnadillo has assumed the mantle of horror classicist to make "Intruders," using shadows and directorial sleights of hand to coax forth its slow-building scares rather than just pouring on the usual guts and gore.

March 29, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Intruders

A movie with an interesting concept that is undone by its stupidly idiotic twist in its last act. It's the type of twist where you are absolutely required to pretend that everything happened previously isn't important or relevant. And that's really the worst type of twist, because it's just done just for the sake of it and not because it actually makes sense in the context of the story you're telling. I don't wanna say it was unexpected but I would say that I wasn't actually expecting them to do this twist because it would just be so utterly stupid and it would make everything you just watched prior to it unimportant. I'm gonna spoil it because I don't really care. The movie basically tells two parallel stories. One is of a Spanish boy who is being haunted by a faceless monster and his mother's attempt to protect him from it. The second is of a girl who's being haunted by a "demon" after she finds a story another person wrote describing a monster named Hollowface and this "demon" puts her and her family in danger. It turns out that the boy from Spain was actually Clive Owen's character and he was the one who left the story that his daughter found in the tree. Basically everything that John wrote in his story actually did happen, except that it was his father. As he writes this story, as a child, his father becomes a monster and, I suppose, that was to help him cope with what happened. That's all fine and dandy, it's actually a good idea in theory. The problem then comes in when John's daughter starts to see, and in some cases even NAME, the monster that he created, why he wouldn't just put two and two together? And some apologists might say that he was so traumatized by his experience that he then 'forgot' it. Which would be fine, if he didn't write the fucking story in the first place. If you just want to forget about and put it as far away from your mind as possible, would you write a story? So I think that's really a bullshit excuse, and it sure as shit requires a lot of reaching for straws to come up with that excuse for why John wouldn't, instantly, know that his daughter read the story he wrote. It's a twist that requires you to completely forget what you've just seen and it was absolutely terrible. One of the worst twists I've ever seen really. And that's not to say the movie was good prior to that, it had an intriguing set-up but everything after the girl starts being haunted by Hollowface is typical horror cliches. And it's not even really that scary, I can probably count on one hand the number of halfway decent scares this movie had, so it makes watching particularly tedious. A horror movie without decent scares is bad enough, but if there was at least some unintentional comedy it could make things easier to sit through. Nope, there's no unintentional comedy either, it's just a bad movie with a terrible twist. Yep, this is just no good and I can't really recommend it. There's just nothing that's really redeemable about this movie.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

Super Reviewer

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...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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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