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Thursday, February 25, 2016

“INTRUDERS” Defines Agoraphobia


Agoraphobia/noun: a panic disorder characterized by abnormal persistent fear and severe anxiety of public places and. In open spaces extreme cases, the victim is socially paralyzed by a pathological fear of being in public places, resulting in the sufferer becoming housebound. Anna Rook is afflicted with agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of home invaders break into her old Victorian on the outskirts of town, she is unable to flee, frozen by her phobia. The intruders soon discover that survival brings out the worst in a girl. Anna, hardly helpless, is harboring dark secrets and deeply disturbed on many levels. 
 
INTRUDERS’ is a suspenseful, tightly contained horror-thriller with a strong female lead; the story of a disturbed woman backed into a corner, who is forced to exorcise her personal demons in a fight for survival, and in the process escapes the house that’s become her prison. Beth Riesgraf (TNT’s Leverage) stars as Anna Rook, a young woman isolated from human contact in nearly every way. She suffers from a crippling case of agoraphobia and spends her days holed up in an old Victorian on the outskirts of town. The people in Anna's life can be counted on just two fingers: Her terminally-ill partner, Conrad (Timothy McKinney) and the charming Meals-on-Wheels driver, Dan played by Rory Culkin (Scream 4). When Conrad dies, Anna can't even muster up the wherewithal to leave the house to attend his funeral. Which is unfortunate, because that’s when a trio of small-time criminals – JP (Jack Kesy), Perry (Martin Starr), and Vance (Joshua Mikel) -- break in to rob her place. Unable to bring herself to flee, Anna is forced into a violent confrontation that is only worsened when Dan shows up to check on her. Upon realizing that she’s been betrayed… that Dan actually knows the interlopers, Anna turns the tables on her captors and traps all of them in the basement. That’s when they discover her dark secret. 
 
Anna, hardly defenseless, has her own skeletons to hide. Conrad’s attempts to cleanse her of her childhood trauma left her with a house of horrors legacy. That trauma remains and Anna taps into it to find the strength to finish the battle with the men that she’s trapped.

INTRUDERS” is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.
Showing on March 16. Nationwide!

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