Horror Movie Marathon: Part Six

Written by Film, Horror Movie Marathon

For Part Six of the Horror Movie Marathon, Kelly watches a boogie man movie and a haunted house movie, but wasn’t really scared by either.

Intruders (2012). Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. Starring Clive Owen, Clarice van Houten, Daniel Brühl, Pilar López de Ayala, Ella Purnell, Izán Corchero, Kerry Fox.

Everyone loves a good boogie man movie, right? When I went into this film, I didn’t realize that’s what it was going to turn out to be. The story seems pretty basic: two children who live in different countries are harassed by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them — specifically, it wants their faces. But it turns out to be a much more complicated story of guilt, regret, and the consequences of trying to escape your past. It’s a fine movie, if a little convoluted, and Clive Owen turns in a good performance. But the real star of this movie is Ella Purnell, who does a wonderful job as Owen’s daughter, Mia. That girl is going to be a real star one day very soon.

I don’t think this is a very scary film, but you might, so give it a go. If nothing else, you’ll be watching two hours of a brooding Clive Owen and that’s never a bad thing.

The Woman In Black (2012). Directed by James Watkins. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Shaun Dooley, Ciarán Hinds, Mary Stockley.

I love a good old-timey haunted house movie, so I was actually kind of excited about this one. I’ve never seen a single Harry Potter film, so this was actually my first non-SNL encounter with Daniel Radcliffe’s acting and he’s…fine. This movie is fine. It’s not scary, but it’s very atmospheric and creepy and sometimes that’s all a haunted house movie needs to be. But this one could’ve been so much better. It just misses the mark, and that’s a bummer. I did very much enjoy the performances of Janet McTeer and Ciarán Hinds, and I think Radcliffe has potential in a post-Harry Potter world, but I don’t think this was the role for him. I just didn’t buy him as a grieving widower. The strength in his performance comes from the fact that he does a pretty good job of being scared all the time and I don’t know what that says.