Intruders (2011 film)

Intruders is a 2011 supernatural horror film directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and written by the Spanish duo Nicolás Casariego and Jaime Marques.[5] The film stars Clive Owen, Carice van Houten, Daniel Brühl, Pilar López de Ayala, Ella Purnell, Izan Corchero, Kerry Fox and Héctor Alterio. The film follows a man and a woman trying to save their kids' life from a imaginary monster, known as Hollow Face, that is trying to take their face and soul.

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Spanish theatrical release poster
Directed byJuan Carlos Fresnadillo
Produced by
  • Enrique López Lavigne
  • Belén Atienza
  • Mercedes Gamero
Written by
  • Nicolás Casariego
  • Jaime Marques
Music byRoque Baños
CinematographyEnrique Chediak
Edited byChris Gill
Distributed by
Release date
  • 12 September 2011 (2011-09-12) (TIFF)
  • 7 October 2011 (2011-10-07) (Spain)
  • 27 January 2012 (2012-01-27) (United Kingdom)
  • 30 March 2012 (2012-03-30) (United States)
Running time
100 minutes
  • English
  • Spanish
Budget$12 million (est.)
Box office$5.4 million[4]

Intruders was released in Spain on 7 October 2011 by Universal Pictures International and in the United Kingdom on 27 January 2012 by Universal Pictures. The film had grossed $5 million worldwide and received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics, who praised its performances, atmosphere and the first act, but criticized its bland plot, use of jump scares and the film's villain.


Though no one can see him, Hollow face lurks in the corners, desperately desiring love but only knowing how to spread fear and hate.

In England, Hollow Face creeps into the life of John Farrow, after Farrow's 12-year-old daughter Mia is assaulted in their home. In Spain, Hollow Face creeps into the life of Luisa and her adolescent son Juan, after Juan 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 out Hollow Face.



The film stars Clive Owen, Kerry Fox, Carice van Houten and Daniel Brühl.[8] The shooting began in late June 2010, in London, Madrid and Segovia, under the directorial guidance of Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.[9] The screenplay was written by the Spanish duo Nicolás Casariego and Jaime Marques, based on a story by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.[10] Belén Atienza and Enrique López Lavigne works as producer for Antena 3 Films, Apaches Entertainment and Universal Pictures.[11]


Intruders was released in Spain on 7 October 2011 by Universal Pictures International and in the United Kingdom on 27 January 2012 by Universal Pictures.[3][12] In the United States, the film received a limited release on 30 March 2012 by Millennium Entertainment.[13]


Critical reception for Intruders the film has been mostly negative. Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 32%, based on 72 reviews, with an average rating of 4.86/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Intruders has a fantastic first act but then settles into a bland plot and scare tactics that aren't all too scary".[14] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 45 out of 100, based on 21 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[15]

Lou Lumenick from the New York Post liked the film's opening and atmosphere but also criticised the film as being "underwhelming".[16] Sean Burns from Philadelphia Weekly gave the film a negative review, criticising the film's climax, special effects, "disparate" storyline, and slow pacing. Burns also criticised the film's monster as being "not-particularly-frightening".[17]


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  5. ^ Mike Fleming. "Clive Owen & JC Fresnadillo Are 'Intruders'". Deadline Hollywood.
  6. ^ "More Casting News – Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's Intruders". DreadCentral.
  7. ^ "Childhood Demons Return for Entire 'Intruders' Cast". BloodyDisgusting.
  8. ^ "Clive Owen faces Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's 'Intruders'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2010-07-19. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  9. ^ Eric Walkuski. "Carice van Houten joins Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's Intruders". Joblo.
  10. ^ Alex Billington. "Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Directing Intruders Before BioShock?". FirstShowing.
  11. ^ Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to Direct Horror Thriller "Intruders"
  12. ^ "Intruders". Lumiere. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  13. ^ Newman, Nick (26 December 2011). "Release Date Set for Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's 'Intruders,' Starring Clive Owen". The Film Stage. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  14. ^ "Intruders (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Intruders Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  16. ^ Lumenick, Lou. "Not very forceful 'Intruders'". New York Post. Lou Lumenick. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  17. ^ Burns, Sean. "Clive Owen Goes For Film's Father of the Year in "Intruders"". Philadelphia Weekly. Retrieved 5 January 2016.

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