Things That Go Bump in the Night
A Big Crowd Turns Out for Clive Owens' Intruders
A film involving Clive Owen and a series of midnight bedroom invasions sounds rather like adult fantasy. Alas, Intruders, which made its New York debut at last night's Cinema Society screening sponsored by Giorgio Armani and DeLeón Tequila, is distinctly a children's nightmare. "I can't remember my last bad dream," said Owen, who plays the father of a 12-year-old girl terrorized by a thing that goes face-snatching in the night. "As children, we can't yet distinguish between what's real and what's not. That's why nightmares were once genuinely terrifying."
In the hands of 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, so is this film. "I watched the whole thing through my hands like this!" said Dree Hemingway, holding up many-ringed fingers. "If it had ended differently, I'd be too scared to sleep. I'd be having ten people over for a slumber party."
Instead, Hemingway decamped to Double Seven for the decidedly intruders-free after-party. Boldfaces in the dark included Paul Haggis, Ludacris, and Sami Gayle, the still-in-braces up-and-comer just seen in Detachment. Gayle is too young to have Clive Owen as a crush, making her a minority of one in last night's crowd. "I've always liked him a lot," said Hemingway. As protective father type or romantic interest? "Oh," she smiled. "Definitely fantasy."