Director: Adam Schindler
Starring: Beth Riesgraf, Rory Culkin & Jack Kesy
Synopsis: Anna suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee.
Rating: 15 Duration: 90 minutes Release date: 6 June (UK)
Buried somewhere in the depths of Intruders is a horror film truly worthy of our attention. The premise; a severe agoraphobic caught in a home invasion is an idea capable of making for a really interesting film. And yet director Adam Schindler fails to make the most of this tantalising thought and instead settles for a film quite happy to tick off all the right boxes rather than make a gripping horror.
Anna (Beth Riesgraf) has recently lost her brother to cancer and despite her desire to attend his funeral, is held back by her crippling agoraphobia. Her day gets worse when three wannabe thieves break into Anna’s home expecting it to be empty and what started as a simple break in becomes a lot more complicated. Even more so when Anna appears to be hiding a secret of her own.
Horror films don’t always have to make sense, but it helps when they do. Unfortunately Intruders almost goes out of its way to not make sense. So baffling are some character choices and so unclear are their motivations from one scene to the next that it becomes a game of guess what’s really going on. Even when one scenario plays out, the next exacerbates the problem. It’s a trait that the film never gets a handle on. A shame given the potential here.
Director Adam Schindler is helming his first feature length film and has clearly aimed for a blend of You’re Next mixed with Saw. Despite the allusions of grandeur, Intruders fails to execute its ideas as well as the films it tries to mimic. Faults and all, Intruders is not all bad. It starts off well enough, creating an interesting scenario and has some moments that are able to make you wince, but this is possibly as good as it gets.
In its 90 minute duration, Intruders attempts to fit a lot in. Anna’s brother, her phobia, a side story regarding the family lawyer, the three amigos who break into Anna’s home and a family secret that isn’t as shocking as the film would like it to be. It’s far from disastrous, but there is an overwhelming sense of could have done better. Quite where this leaves the viewer by the end is questionable. Some may take it for what it is and merely see a throwaway horror film, while others may be rather more disappointed.