Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is a name to watch. His “28 Weeks Later” managed to take Danny Boyle’s highly-regarded zombie reinvention and inject something new while maintaining the same visceral thrills. Although his latest project, the supernatural horror “Intruders” looks like a dud at face value, I’m willing to give it a chance just to see what he can do with it. As it is, the story isn’t all that fresh, or even very interesting:
“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. From visionary filmmaker Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“28 Weeks Later,” the upcoming “Highlander” reboot), “Intruders” is the chilling story of two children living in different countries, each visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them.”
Today Millennium Entertainment debuted a new international trailer that is arguably better than the first teaser (which we didn’t bother posting — you’re welcome). I’m getting a “Candyman” vibe from this, but here’s hoping Fresnadillo manages to elevate the material…
“Intruders” premieres 30th March in the US, in limited release. No word on a confirmed local release date yet.