One of the films that will screen at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX next month will be Intruders. The new horror-thriller is directed by 28 Weeks Later helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and stars Oscar-nominee Clive Owen (Inside Man, Children of Men) as the latest in a long line of movie fathers whose child is haunted by what he at first believes to be an imaginary being - but who turns out to be a real (or does it?) supernatural ghoul.
Owen is the sole easily-recognized face in the new Intruders trailer, which plays out as a pretty conventional theatrical promo for a spooky cinematic tale - complete with (requisite?) creepy voiceover from a young girl and flashes of a mysterious monster, prowling about and menacing people under cover of dark and rainy nights.
Have a look at the Intruders trailer below and see what we mean:
Here is the official synopsis for Intruders:
Though no one can see him, Hollow Face lurks in the corners, desperately desiring love but only knowing how to spread fear and hate. He creeps into the life of John Farrow (Clive Owen) after Farrow’s beloved 13-year-old daughter Mia (Ella Purnell) 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.
Given that tidbit about Hollow Face appearing after Mia "is assaulted" - combined with the indication in the trailer that John not only sees the creature himself, but is seemingly the only adult who directly encounters his daughter's "imagined" creation - it looks like screenwriters Nicolás Casariego and Jaime Marques have gone one of two routes with their Intruders script:
- The Hollow Face entity serves as a metaphor-made-literal for the lingering psychological impact that a tumultuous event can have on a family's well-being.
- "Hollow Face" is actually a real person whose identity will be revealed in a "shocking" third act twist.
Check out the official Intruders poster, for a not-so-subtle hint about who the real culprit might be (if the second option turns out to be the case):
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In the aftermath of memorable titles such as The Sixth Sense, The Machinist, and Shutter Island (and not-so-memorable films like Hide and Seek) the "things may not be as they seem" plot twist is all the more difficult to pull off effectively. So, here's to hoping Intruders either doesn't go in that direction - or, if it does, leaves things more open-ended, so that events don't culminate in a disappointing "revelation" about what's really going on.
Intruders begins a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on March 30th, 2012.