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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.
Intruders -- Two children living in different countries are visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them.


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Nicolás Casariego (screenplay) &
Jaime Marques (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 October 2011 (Spain) See more »
The Nightmare is Real.
Two children living in different countries are visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Besides One Really Clever Plot Twist, "Intruders" Lacks Shock Value See more (72 total) »


  (in credits order)

Clive Owen ... John Farrow

Carice van Houten ... Susanna

Daniel Brühl ... Father Antonio

Pilar López de Ayala ... Luisa

Ella Purnell ... Mia

Izán Corchero ... Juan

Kerry Fox ... Dr. Rachel
Héctor Alterio ... Old Priest

Adrian Rawlins ... Police Inspector

Michael Nardone ... Frank

Mark Wingett ... Dave

Peter O'Connor ... Frank (as Peter McNeil O'Connor)
Mary Woodvine ... Teacher

Lolita Chakrabarti ... ER Doctor

Ralph Ineson ... Alarm Installer

Adam Leese ... Policeman
Raymond Waring ... Policeman (as Raymond Wearing)

Ella Hunt ... Ella Foster

Imogen Gray ... Lilly
Natalia Rodríguez ... Babysitter
Natasha Dosanjh ... Aisha
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hannah Cooper-Dean ... Kissing Couple (uncredited)
Matthew Hodgkin ... Bad Boy - On Bike (uncredited)
Christian Meinhardt ... Skycraper Construction Worker (uncredited)

Craig Stevenson ... Credited (voice) (uncredited)
Chris Wilson ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo 
Writing credits
Nicolás Casariego (screenplay) &
Jaime Marques (screenplay)

Produced by
Belén Atienza .... producer
María Cabello .... line producer
Jesús de la Vega .... executive producer
Mercedes Gamero .... producer
Ricardo García Arrojo .... executive producer
Enrique López Lavigne .... producer
Original Music by
Roque Baños 
Cinematography by
Enrique Chediak 
Film Editing by
Nacho Ruiz Capillas 
Casting by
Shaheen Baig 
Production Design by
Alain Bainée 
Art Direction by
Iñigo Navarro 
Set Decoration by
Andrea Calvé 
Costume Design by
Tatiana Hernández 
Makeup Department
Isabel Auernheimer .... makeup artist
Kevin Carter .... special effects contact lenses
Cecilia Escot .... makeup department head
Eduardo Torres .... hair stylist
Production Management
Mercedes Barbod .... production manager
Kevin Jenkins .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laura Alted .... trainee assistant director
Richard Diment .... second assistant director
Juan Jiménez .... first assistant director
Óscar Manero .... second assistant director
Esther Rojas .... third assistant director
Samuel Andrew Smith .... third assistant director (as Sam Smith)
Bruno Velasco .... crowd assistant director
Art Department
Iñaki Bruña .... property master
Rodrigo M. de Miguel .... artist
Juan Alfonso Gil del Pozo .... assistant property master (as Juan A. Gil del Pozo)
Raúl Monge .... concept designer
George Morris .... action vehicles coordinator
Rosa Pariente .... assistant property master
Maite Perez-Nievas .... art department production assistant
Paul Sacks .... assistant action vehicles coordinator
Carlos Salgado .... concept designer
Alejandro Serna .... concept designer
Antonio Sánchez-Romo .... props
Ana Viana .... set decorator: UK
Alex Ward .... set dresser
Pablo Buratti .... art department illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Aitor Berenguer .... sound mixer
Manuel Carrión .... foley artist
Coque Fernández Lahera .... boom operator (as José Luis Fernández)
Jaime Fernández Salcedo .... dialogue editor
James Muñoz .... sound designer
James Muñoz .... supervising sound editor
Emmet O'Donnell .... adr recordist
Marc Orts .... sound re-recording mixer
Filippo Restelli .... boom operator
Special Effects by
David Campos .... special effects coordinator
Jordi Morera .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX Crew
Raquel Munuera .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX Crew
Simon Rowling .... physical effects
Simon Rowling .... special effects crew
Visual Effects by
Juan Alonso .... lead compositor
Manuel Barrero .... digital compositor
Warwick Boole .... models and special effects
Miguel Castrillo .... visual effects artist
Fernando Falero .... character animator
Elisa Mar Ferre .... digital compositor
Iñaki Gegúndez Vicente .... cgi artist
Joaquín Gutiérrez .... digital compositor
David Heras .... visual effects supervisor
Pablo Heras .... character animator
Alfonso Hernández .... digital compositor
Javier Martínez Pacín .... visual effects artist
Daniel Moreno .... digital compositor
Alejandro Núñez .... digital compositor
Francisco Palomares Pozas .... digital compositor
Óscar Perea Marcos .... lead compositor
David Portales .... visual effects artist
Jose David Portales .... visual effects artist
Carlos Puchol .... visual effects producer
Isabel Revenga .... digital compositor
Javier Roca .... lead compositor
Sergio Rozas .... visual effects artist
Jorge Oliva Ruiz .... digital compositor
Javier Sanz .... visual effects artist
Gabriel Sitjas .... digital compositor
Javier Urrutia .... digital compositor
Rubén Villoria .... visual effects artist
José Miguel Zapata .... visual effects artist
Caren Calderón .... stunt double: Pilar López de Ayala
Ignacio Carreño .... stunt coordinator
Diego Herberg .... stunt double: Clive Owen
Álvaro Hernández Arriero .... stunt rigger
Eduardo Moratilla .... stunt rigger
Juan José Rodríguez .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Jorge Alvariño .... still photographer
Adam Dale .... aerial director of photography
Jesús Fernández Santa .... key grip (as Jesús Fernández)
Felix Forrest .... MK-V AR operator
Álvaro García .... key second assistant camera
Olaf Guembe .... camera loader
Luis Lattanzi .... first assistant b camera
Juan Leiva .... first assistant camera
Thamar Pueyo .... video assist
Luis Santos .... rigging gaffer
Miguel Angel Viñas .... second assistant camera (as Miguel Ángel Viñas)
Animation Department
Fernando Falero .... character animator
Casting Department
Jorge Guardado .... extras casting assistant
Yaël Moreno .... extras casting
Paul Stein .... casting coordinator
Aisha Walters .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Suzanne Barnes .... costume buyer
Mónica G. Lancha .... assistant costume designer
Ana Martínez Fesser .... costume runner
Editorial Department
Miguel P. Gilaberte .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Ginés Carrión .... assistant orchestrator
Ginés Carrión .... music copyist
Lewis Jones .... pro tools recordist
Simon Rhodes .... music scoring mixer
Aled Jenkins .... assistant score engineer (uncredited)
Dom Kelly .... musician: oboe/cor anglais (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Alexis Arderius .... driver
Bobby Finn .... driver: cast
Rob Hempenstall .... transportation captain
Other crew
Angus Arias .... second assistant production
Giles Barron .... production runner/driver
Nathan Bartholomew .... runner
Bruno Cassoni .... assistant location manager
Lucía Chacón .... assistant to executive producer
Annie Clapton .... production runner/driver
Laurence Coriat .... script consultant
Robin Davies .... production assistant
David Fantham .... facilities
Elton Farla .... unit medic: UK
Karim Ferrero .... production assistant
Lucia Foster Found .... aerial operations coordinator
Sofía Fábregas .... development executive
Anuska Galán Ricoy .... production staff
Jan García .... production accountant
Ana Gil .... production assistant
Silvia González Rangil .... health & safety advisor: spain (as Silvia Gonzalez Rangil)
Janine Gray .... assistant: Clive Owen, London
Tom Ludlam .... production runner/driver
David López Arias .... assistant to production manager (as David Lopez Arias)
Carlos López-Martín de Blas .... legal advisor (as Carlos López Martín de Blas)
Guillermo Martel .... documentalist
Inés Mas .... production secretary
Beatriz Mayo .... financial manager
Chris Moore .... location manager: UK
Kira Moreno .... production assistant
Isabelle Neron .... assistant to production coordinator
Raúl Orejón .... production assistant
Kevin Otero Speight .... location manager (as Kevin Otero)
Ana Palacios .... production coordinator
Benjamin Perkins .... chaperone
Sergio Rozas .... titles designed by
Will Samuelson .... helicopter pilot: aerial unit
Carmen Soriano .... script supervisor
Paul Stein .... crowd coordinator
Andy Stephens .... aerial operations manager
Tessy Díez .... additional thanks

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Rated R for terror, horror violence, some sexuality/nudity and language
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

During Mia's birthday, when everybody sings 'Happy Birthday To You', Susanna (Carice van Houten) yells "Hieperdepiep! Hurray", which means "hip hip" in her native language, Dutch.See more »
Factual errors: When the doctor is discussing the treatment of anaphalaxis in Mia with the mother, she tells her to give adrenaline intravenously. This is never done in emergency medicine, it is always injected into a muscle in such cases.See more »
[first lines]
Juan:The shadow monster woke up. It saw the boy in the pot and said:
Juan:[making his voice gruff] "Mmmm. I'm starving. I'm going to eat you up."
Juan:So the monster opened his mouth wide and swallowed the little tailor whole. The boy fell and fell into a dark cave filed with slime...
Luisa:Is that it?
Juan:That's all I could come up with.
Luisa:Well, you'll think of something tomorrow. Let's go to bed.
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28 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Besides One Really Clever Plot Twist, "Intruders" Lacks Shock Value, 19 March 2012
Author: D_Burke from United States

A supernatural creature terrorizes a child, and the adults in that child's life either dismiss the child's fears as nightmarish, or assume the child has some sort of psychosis. This plot line has been done so many times that it's amazing that adults in present-day movies don't second guess themselves more often.

"Intruders" has a bit more of a clever twist to this tired horror movie story line in that the terrorized child, 12-year-old Mia (Ella Purnell), at least has an ally in her father John (Clive Owen), who has actually seen the being trying to harm his daughter.

The being, known to Mia as Hollowman, wears a dark hood and cloak that moves mysteriously in the air like something out of "The Matrix" (1999). The mysterious spirit has the shape of a man, but its face is completely obscured by its hood, making it look a lot like Bruce Willis in the underrated "Invincible" (2000).

The unwelcome visitor does not speak, but Mia somehow knows it does not have a face, and is willing to steal one from a child. Also, despite the plurality of the movie's title, there is only one intruder: this one.

Mia is apparently not the only child haunted by this creature. A much younger Spanish boy named Juan (Izan Corchero) also receives visits from it. The film intersects between the nightly terrors of Mia and Juan, and it makes you wonder what the connection is between these two children. Why did this spirit choose to haunt these two children in two different European countries (Great Britain and Spain), when there are millions of other children in this world whose face (or faces) he could steal? The way these two children's stories intersect is revealed late in the film in a twist I honestly did not see coming. Because it was so clever, I can't ruin it for you, the reader, either.

Unfortunately, it being a horror movie and a suspense thriller, the moments that were supposed to be shocking, and scary, weren't either. The film made the fatal mistake of making the music, which gradually got louder as a scary moment or a "gotcha!" part was approaching, ruin the overall suspense. By the time the mysterious hooded person appeared from out of the dark closet, the score felt more like a great opening act for a weak headliner.

The shock value of this film, or lack thereof, is even more unfortunate when you consider the superb cinematography and great acting from just about everyone involved. Clive Owen rarely fails to disappoint, and fortunately plays a parent who actually believes his petrified daughter.

I especially liked Ella Purnell, who is the kind of child actress who guys in their 20's look at and say, "In five years, she's going to be really hot!" Besides being strikingly beautiful, Purnell looks genuinely scared during the scenes with the creature in the hood, and she is very convincing as Owen's daughter in other less-intense scenes.

I also thought every scene with Corchero, as Juan, and his mother Luisa (Pilar Lopez de Ayala), scary or not, was done incredibly well. They played in good contrast to scenes involving John and Mia. Whereas John believes his daughter's problems are more than nightmares, Luisa believes her son, but uses words of comfort almost in vain. She tries to tell her boy it's only a bad dream, when she's really trying to convince herself. It's a fascinating paradox.

Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is best known to American audiences as the writer & director of "28 Weeks Later" (2007), the well-received sequel to Danny Boyle's acclaimed "28 Days Later" (2003). He definitely knows his horror films, which is why it's so disappointing that "Intruders" didn't live up to his previous effort. While great acting and a dark, eerie atmosphere strengthened this movie, it wasn't enough to scare me.

Putting it another way, I consider a great horror film one where my hands are covering my entire face except one eye, and two of my fingers are on standby to affix over that eye should a scary moment present itself. With "Intruders", throughout the scary parts, my hands remained at my sides.

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