From the classy intro of storm clouds, ghost stories, whispered Spanish and a cat called ‘Meow’, it is clear we are in the realm of the continental horror. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s (best known for directing duties on 2007’s fantastic 28 Weeks Later) Intruders has a neat narrative format in that the events take place both in Spain and in London, the action shifting from country to country as required.
As much a psychological thriller as a traditional horror, the film benefits from solid performances from Clive Owen and Carice van Houten, as the concerned parents of Mia (Ella Purnell) a 14 year old who is targeted by vengeful figure Hollowface.
Better than many have suggested, the film, while unlikely to produce nightmares, is a reasonable attempt to capture some of the foreboding power of The Orphanage and the like.
This review also appears in the latest issue of Clash Magazine