After seeing The Intruder one couldn’t help but feel this movie lacked the punch and potential that it showed from the various teasers, trailers and previews that were released. The film is listed as a horror, drama, mystery, but lacks a true feeling of horror as it uses cheap scare tactics to deliver the fright it is looking for on numerous occasions. Furthering that point, most anything that could be considered scary was shown early on in previews and trailers, making it less impressive and making it lose a lot of its luster and impact.
Despite the cheap scare tactics, most horror and thriller movies are made by its main characters as they can either make you empathize and root for them to survive, or you feel no connection and disconnected, making the movie tough to be fully invested. This movie had some solid performances, especially by Dennis Quaid who’s pretty good as this creepy, yet seemingly harmless house owner. Quaid gets creepier as the movie continues and really gives this movie a chance to reach its potential.
The other two main characters, Meagan Good and Michael Ealy, who play Annie and Scott Russell respectively, both give uneven performances for the most part. Good has her moments, but neither really makes you feel invested in them. She plays an unassuming, neighborly wife who seems too kind to notice faults in anyone, while Ealy plays a suspicious, territorial (and rightfully so in the end) husband who we learn has been unfaithful in the past. Neither delivers the performance needed to drive this movie even when in the same scenes as Quaid.