#REVIEW: “THE INTRUDERS”
Review by Justin Waldman for Mr. Will Wong
For new directing/writing Duo Adam Massey and Jason Juravic, their VOD Horror Offering The Intruders leaves much to be desired. iCarly Star Miranda Cosgrove breaks from the Teen Star mould to mixed results. The Story has much potential, but decidedly veers in favour of standard fare.
The Movie focuses on Rose (Miranda Cosgrove) and her Father Jerry (Donal Logue) as they move to a new Town after the passing of Rose’s Mother. As the Story progresses, we are very quick to learn that Rose’s Mother suffered from Schizophrenia and the Doctors think that her death may have turned a switch within Rose, making her Schizophrenic potentially as well. Shortly after Rose gets settled-in, she meets her Neighbours, Leila (Jenessa Grant) and her Father Howard (Tom Sizemore). After a brief talk with Leila, Rose finds something is terribly wrong with the House – a Girl went missing there and is presumed dead despite evidence pointing otherwise. This is where the paranoia starts to set in as Rose believes that the Killer responsible for the Girl’s mysterious abandonment still is living within the House, tormenting her.
The performances in the Movie are hard to overlook – we’ve see some of these Talents type-cast in similar roles previously. Cosgrove on the other hand, breaks out of her shell, but struggling ultimately with the material given – never quite convincing us fully. Sizemore, who is one of the few redeeming factors in the Film, dishearteningly is under-utilized.
We would have preferred a bit more ambiguity with the lines between reality and Schizophrenic Dream blurred a bit more. Predictability and a lack of suspense make The Intruders a forgettable affair. This is not to say that Cosgrove‘s loyal Fanbase who now have grown-up a bit, won’t be intrigued…
eOne Films release The Intruders on VOD Friday March 6, 2015.