The Intruders (2015 film)

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The Intruders
The Intruders 2015 film.jpg
Promotional release poster
Directed by Adam Massey
Produced by Jeff Sackman
Nicholas Tabarrok
Written by Jason Juravic
Starring Miranda Cosgrove
Donal Logue
Austin Butler
Tom Sizemore
Jenessa Grant
Music by Joseph Murray
Lodewijk Vos
Cinematography Brendan Steacy
Edited by David Ostry
Production
company
Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date
  • April 24, 2015 (2015-04-24)
Running time
92 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

The Intruders is a 2015 Canadian horror film directed by Adam Massey and written by Jason Juravic.

Plot[edit]

20-year-old Rose Halshford (Miranda Cosgrove) moves to Chicago with her father Jerry (Donal Logue) after her schizophrenic mother Sophia has committed suicide some months earlier. Jerry, who is working as an architect, wants to help his daughter cope with their loss. But Rose, who has suspended her studies at Stanford University for one semester, does not feel comfortable in the hundred year old house, and is suspicious almost immediately.

After speaking with Leila Markby, the girl living across the street, she confirms that her new house may be hiding a dark past. Leila's father Howard (Tom Sizemore) soon begins to show strange behaviour. After an uncomfortable night, Rose is surprised by the young craftsman Noah Henry (Austin Butler) coming into her house unexpectedly, whom Jerry has hired to do some renovation work. She befriends Noah, and at the same time tries to find out secrets surrounding the history of the house.

While exploring the home, Rose finds a necklace, the head of a doll, and clues pointing to a "Rachel", a woman who lived in the house previously. Noah tells Rose that a few days before their moving in, he saw the windows in Rose's room locked with boards and a padlock on the door. Jerry is skeptical about his daughter's fears and thinks that she is delusional due to her mother's death.

Nevertheless, Rose continues her search and finds reports about the former inhabitants of the house. She finds that Cheri Garrison and her son Marcus accommodated the drug addict Rachel Winacott, who then disappeared. Howard was the prime suspect in this case, but he was acquitted because Rachel was said to have run away. He also explains this to Rose. Noah invites Rose to a pool party to distract her from her fears and sorrow. On the same evening Leila disappears.

Rose gets a copy of the construction plans of the house from the archive. When she goes to look at the plans, she faints, and is suspected of having abused pills. After her recovery she gets a message from Noah which lets her know about a hidden room. She finds such a room, and is attacked by Marcus Garrison. He forces her to put on Rachel's dress and tries to rape her, but Rose is able to get away, and in her escape she finds a tied up Leila. Jerry arrives home not long after, and tries to help his daughter, but is knocked down by Marcus. At the same time Rose stabs Marcus with a knife.

After the horror has come to an end, Rose again moves to a new house with her father and continues her studies at Northwestern University, still haunted by her encounter with Marcus.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming took place in Greater Sudbury statt.[1] The house depicted in the film was on sale at that time.[2] The real address 340 Laura Ave was used in the film, but the original house is situated in Canada and not in Chicago.[2] The protagonist Miranda Cosgrove had her first role in a horror film after several appearances in Nickelodeon productions. The Intruders was released direct to DVD.[3]

Reception[edit]

The reception was mostly negative. The film got an average rating of 2.5/5 on Rotten Tomatoes. In a review for Toronto Film Scene, William Brownridge wrote that "The Intruders may be good for the PG-13 crowd that has followed Cosgrove through her career and are looking to start watching some spooky films, but for older horror fans, it’s a bit of a bust".[4] Jennifer Eblin comes to a more positive conclusion stating that "the director and Cosgrove did a good job of leaving us wondering if everything that happened in the film occurred only in her mind or in real life. [...] Though the film does make it clear what happened in the end, it also ends on one of those notes that makes you wonder if maybe Rose really is more like her mother than she thinks."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IMDb Filming location
  2. ^ a b IMDb Trivia
  3. ^ IMDb Release Info
  4. ^ "Review: The Intruders". Toronto Film Scene. 2015-03-06. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  5. ^ "The Intruders Movie Review – Another Reason Not to Buy a House Without Looking at its History". The Best Deaths. 2015-04-12. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 

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