• 15
  • Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (2011)
  • US / UK / Sp (SUB)
  • 95 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Faceless monsters at large in children's bedrooms provide the spooky but scattergun thrills in this puzzling tale of things going bump in the night. Young Spanish boy Juan (Izán Cochero) is terrorised by a hooded figure he calls Hollowface, prompting his mother to seek the help of the clergy in banishing the presence. The same menace also preys upon 12-year-old Mia (Ella Purnell) in London. Can her dad (Clive Owen) come to the rescue? Does Hollowface only exist in the children's heads, or is he a very real threat? Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) delivers only brief flashes of tension, as the film's sluggish plot is bogged down by clunky dialogue and a predictable and unsatisfying resolution. And although Owen plays Mia's father as a man on the edge, driven to protect his family by any means necessary, the rest of the cast are less convincing as the supposedly scared-out-of-their-wits victims.

Plot Summary

Two children, one in London the other in Madrid, are visited in the night by the same mysterious ghostly figure, whom they appear to be unconsciously willing into existence. The Spanish boy's mother turns to the church for help in dealing with the intrusion, while the English girl's father employs a more scientific approach. Horror, starring Clive Owen, Pilar Lopez de Ayala and Carice van Houten.

Cast and crew


John Farrow
Clive Owen
Sue Farrow
Carice van Houten
Father Antonio
Daniel Brühl
Dr Rachel
Kerry Fox
Pilar Lopez de Ayala
Ella Purnell
Izán Corchero


Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

Other Information

English, Spanish +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 27 Jan 2012
Certificate 15

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