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The Intruder – A Hair-Raising, Creepy Thriller Movie!

Scott and Annie Russell couldn’t be happier after buying their dream home from a mysterious and lonely widower named Charlie in Napa Valley, Calif. Their newfound paradise soon turns into a living nightmare when Charlie — still strangely attached to the house — begins to show up and interfere in their daily lives. When his erratic behavior turns to obsession, the young couple soon find themselves caught up in a violent confrontation that threatens to destroy everything they hold dear. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ivey H. comments, “The acting scenes and timing are great! The momentum and build up are perfect. I love how it gradually builds up to be more thrilling to scary.  I screamed and jumped out of my seat a couple of times!”  Leire G. adds, “The Intruder has a very intense ending that leaves the audience feeling empowered. This film values the importance of family and what it means to stick together through the hardest times. It emphasizes how there’s nothing as valuable as family for those who are lucky enough to have one, like the married couple in the movie.” See their full reviews below.

The Intruder
By Ivey H, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

The Intruder is a hair-raising, creepy thriller movie!

The film was shot in Canada in British Columbia and Vancouver.  The scenes are tranquil, and everything looks crisp and clean on the big screen.

Meagan Good and Michael Ealy star in Screen Gems’ THE INTRUDER.

The Intruder has a great plot. A newly-married happy couple embark on a move out of the city to start a family. The husband receives a promotion at work, so they can finally afford their dream home. The conflict is that the owner of the house loves the home too, and just can’t seem to let go. Which makes you wonder:  why did he sell it? 

The house is the perfect setting for this mystery film. The antagonist homeowner is Charlie Peck played by Dennis Quaid. He is perfect for this role because he is very intimidating and eerie. His home has a long history, and it’s his legacy, so he is not letting go easily.  Meagan Good plays Annie. She is a country girl at heart and wants to raise children in a loving home.  She is really great at portraying the naive young wife who sees the good in people. Mike Ealy plays Scott, the husband. He really brings energy to this role. He is reluctant to move to the country.  At first Scott is very tolerant of Charlie’s intrusions. Then his suspicion grows as to the true motives of Charlie. You totally understand the doubts and fears of these characters.  Is Scott able to protect his wife from Charlie’s secret motives and gain back her trust?

Michael Ealy, Meagan Good and Dennis Quaid star in Screen Gems THE INTRUDER.

The director Dean Taylor does great work in this film.  The acting scenes and timing are great! The momentum and build up are perfect. I love how it gradually builds up to be more thrilling to scary.  I screamed and jumped out of my seat a couple of times!  The writer is David Loughery. Everything really flows very well in this script. I really enjoyed the music and sound track, too.

The moral to this story is when buying a new home do your homework before making such a huge purchase. The couple is too eager and trusting. They ignore all the signs and red flags that lead to the conflict.

I give this film 5 out 5 stars and I recommend it for ages 13 to 18. There are a few vulgar words and heavy romantic scenes. If you love a good mystery thriller with a few screams be sure to check this out. Release date is May 3, 2019.

The Intruder
By Leire G, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

The Intruder is very suspenseful. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I watched it, wondering what was going to happen next. I enjoyed the good balance between mystery, horror and romance. There isn’t too much of one genre, so the mix of styles is all spread out evenly.

Dennis Quaid stars in Screen Gems’ THE INTRUDER.

The Intruder tells the story of a young married couple who buys a beautiful house with several acres of land in the middle of a some very lonely woods. They find out that the man they buy the property from refuses to let go of it and, in fact, has an obsession with it. The film shows how emotionally attached the landlord is to what once was his, and also shows the actions the couple takes to protect their new home.

The film was written by David Loughery and directed by Deon Taylor, who sets the film in a very lonely and rural town in modern day. This location is essential to the plot; since it takes place in an old house located in the middle of the woods, the setting helps create a feeling of curiosity and creepiness. The music in this film intensifies the emotions in certain scenes. It adds a lot of eeriness to the more action-based scenes and brings out the horror in them.

Michael Ealy, Dennis Quaid, Director Deon Taylor and Meagan Good on the set of Screen Gems’ THE INTRUDER.

The Intruder has a very intense ending that leaves the audience feeling empowered. This film values the importance of family and what it means to stick together through the hardest times. It emphasizes how there’s nothing as valuable as family for those who are lucky enough to have one, like the married couple in the movie.

I really enjoyed The Intruder!  I give this film 4 out of 5 stars for how creatively this suspenseful film was made. I recommend it for ages 10 through 18, but adults might also enjoy it as well. The Intruder opens in theaters on May 3, 2019.

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