Intruders (2011 film)

Intruders is a 2011 Spanish-british supernatural horror film directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and written by the Spanish duo Nicolás Casariego and Jaime Marques.[2] The film stars Clive Owen, Carice van Houten, Daniel Brühl, Pilar López de Ayala, Ella Purnell, Izan Corchero, Kerry Fox and Héctor Alterio. It was released on 7 October 2011 by Universal Pictures International.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJuan Carlos Fresnadillo
Produced by
  • Enrique López Lavigne
  • Belén Atienza
  • Mercedes Gamero
Written byNicolás Casariego
Jaime Marques
Music byRoque Baños
CinematographyEnrique Chediak
Edited byChris Gill
Distributed byUniversal Pictures International
Release date
  • October 7, 2011 (2011-10-07)
Running time
100 minutes
CountrySpain, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Spanish
Budget$12 million (est)
Box office$3.01 million[1]


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 beloved 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 Hollow Face out.



The British and Spanish project stars Clive Owen, Kerry Fox, Carice van Houten and Daniel Brühl in the leads.[5] The shooting began in the end of June 2010, in London, Madrid and Segovia, under the directorial guidance of Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.[6] The screenplay was written by the Spanish duo Nicolás Casariego and Jaime Marques, based on a story by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.[7] Belén Atienza and Enrique López Lavigne works as producer for Antena 3 Films, Apaches Entertainment and Universal Pictures.[8]


The US release by Millennium Entertainment was set for March 30, 2012 for a limited release of 33 theaters.[9] For Spain/U.K Release by Universal Pictures was set release date by October 7, 2011


Critical reception for Intruders the film has been mostly negative. Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 30%, based on 69 reviews, with an average rating of 4.8/10. 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".[10] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 45 out of 100, based on 21 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[11]

Lou Lumenick from the New York Post liked the film's opening and atmosphere but also criticized the film as being "underwhelming".[12] Sean Burns from Philadelphia Weekly gave the film a negative review, criticizing the film's climax, special effects, "disparate" storyline, and slow pacing. Burns also criticized the film's monster as being "not-particularly-frightening".[13]


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  2. ^ Mike Fleming. "Clive Owen & JC Fresnadillo Are 'Intruders'". Deadline.
  3. ^ "More Casting News – Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's Intruders". DreadCentral.
  4. ^ "Childhood Demons Return for Entire 'Intruders' Cast". BloodyDisgusting.
  5. ^ "Clive Owen faces Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's 'Intruders'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2010-07-19. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  6. ^ Eric Walkuski. "Carice van Houten joins Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's Intruders". Joblo.
  7. ^ Alex Billington. "Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Directing Intruders Before BioShock?". FirstShowing.
  8. ^ Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to Direct Horror Thriller "Intruders"
  9. ^ Juan Carlos Fresnadillo comienza a rodar 'Intruders' – El Séptimo Arte
  10. ^ "Intruders (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Intruders Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  12. ^ Lumenick, Lou. "Not very forceful 'Intruders'". New York Lou Lumenick. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  13. ^ Burns, Sean. "Clive Owen Goes For Film's Father of the Year in "Intruders"". Philadelphia Sean Burns. Retrieved 5 January 2016.

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