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Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (2011)

15 Certificate


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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.


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 & Crew

John Farrow Clive Owen
Sue Farrow Carice van Houten
Father Antonio Daniel Brühl
Dr Rachel Kerry Fox
Luisa Pilar Lopez de Ayala
Mia Ella Purnell
Juan Izán Corchero
Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
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Language: English, Spanish +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence, some swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 27 Jan 2012