28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo brings us Clive Owen, Carice van Houten, and Kerry Fox in creepy paranormal thriller Intruders. The film is released in UK theatres January 27th.
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, the filmmaker who directed 28 Weeks Later (the sequel to Danny Boyle’s post-apocalyptic horror film 28 Days Later), returns to the big screen with Intruders. The horror film about monsters stalking children is set for release in the UK January 27th 2012.
It appears that kids acting petrified, talking slowly and very quietly, and carrying out rather odd behaviour (especially at night time when Mum and Dad are in bed) usually amounts to a few scares. M. Night Shyamalan started the trend with Haley Joel Osment seeing dead people in The Sixth Sense but recently I’ve seen it continue with the likes of Insidious and The Last Exorcism.
Now Spaniard Fresnadillo, along with fellow countrymen Nicolás Casariego and Jaime Marques, brings us Clive Owen in the starring role of Intruders, which tells the story of a twelve-year-old girl who is confronted with a monster which wants to take possession of her. This event is mimicked in another child’s life in another country. What is the significance of the events? And can the families cope with their terrified children with no understanding of what is really going on?
Fresnadillo told Cineuropa.org that the film was conceived following a chat with producers Enrique López-Lavigne and Belén Atienza. He said, “We delved into the origin of fear and looked at where certain fears that start in childhood come from. During that search, the story occurred to us of two families with a disturbing ghost which bursts into their homes, pushing them to their limit, questioning their identity and forcing them to look into their past because, somehow or other, they themselves have a lot to do with that presence appearing in their homes.”
Fresnadillo says he expects Intruders to make audiences think about the themes present in much the same way as his previous films. “I like stories that connect with reality in the sense that in life not everything is pre-prepared either: we have to be on our toes all the time. I like to do things that way: go to a movie theatre to see films that challenge and push me, because that creates an interesting and stimulating symbiotic relationship with what you’re watching.
Intruders is released in UK theatres January 27th.