INTRUDERS (VVS, 2011) D: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, w/ Clive Owen, Carice van Houten. Rating: NNN; DVD package: NN Rating: NNN
Intruders crafts a fresh story and a folk-tale tinged atmosphere of terror from a mix of psychological and supernatural horror elements.
In present-day London, 12-year-old Mia (Ella Purnell) draws the attention of something nasty that lives in the darkness. It comes closer every night, and only her father (Clive Owen) believes her. Thirty years earlier, in Spain, a small boy (Izán Corchero) writes a story that gives birth to the thing, and then it comes for him. Not even his mother believes him.
Corchero stands out in the solid, professional cast for his ability to deliver terror without hysteria, something seldom seen in this sort of shocker. Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo finds a couple of striking images but largely goes for conventional visuals.
The boy's story, repeated at various times by different people, is a surprisingly strong element of the movie. It sounds like a genuine fragment of folklore: short, plain and incomplete, but with just enough detail to tell us what the monster wants and why.
The extras are brief and not particularly informative. Owen lays out the theme in a single sentence and Fresnadillo describes how an image from a different project made its way into Intruders.
EXTRAS Two making-of docs, Owen interview, deleted scenes. English, French audio and subtitles.