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Intruder (Unrated Director's Cut)
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A group of employees in a grocery store/supermarket works their final shift overnight,as the store is closing permanently. The main protagonist has a borderline ex-boyfriend obsessed with her. In a little while, people start dying in violent and graphic ways. The kills in this film are top-notch. Not all of them are creative, but the best ones, CAUTION:POSSIBLE SPOILERS!!!,like an employee getting crushed by a trash compactor,and another getting his head sawed in half,are the stuff of a horror and gorehound fanatic's wildest dreams,or uhh,nightmares. The movie moves along at an adequate pace, the kills start shortly after the half-hour mark, and does not let up soon after. Both Sam and Ted Raimi of EVIL DEAD fame have roles, and Bruce Campbell makes a cameo at the end.
By the time this movie was made, the MPAA was already on their crusade against horror, esp. slasher movies, and were very strict, demanding severe cuts for so much as a few drops of red blood, at the risk of the old dreaded X-rating(now NC-17,same thing). And this movie was no exception. About 4-5 minutes were sliced out of this movie, rendering it neutered. It wasn't until many years later, that Wizard Video/Full Moon released this uncut in the U.S. on DVD, some more recent years back. I've never owned that, so I can't speak for the quality of that release.Read more ›
While the basic plot--lunatic picking off young people in a confined space--and acting are nothing to write home about, writer/director Scott Spiegel and writer/producer Lawrence Bender keep their tongues planted firmly in their cheeks on this one without ever making Intruder one of those dreadfully self-conscious horror comedies. Of course, this isn't surprising when you consider that Spiegel was a long-time friend of Sam Raimi, the man behind The Evil Dead films (Spiegel shares writing credit on Evil Dead II; Sam's brother, Ted; and actor Bruce Campbell. The Raimis have significant roles in Intruder, playing a butcher and a produce guy, respectively, and Campbell turns up at the end for a brief bit as a cop.
The sensibility here: inventive and really gory kills, ironic dialogue, cleverly cynical ending, and a few unexpected treats. This includes the appearance of Tom Lester and Alvy Moore--that's Eb Dawson and Hank Kimball from Green Acres--as cops who turn up early in the film to check out a complaint about Craig. This bit works so well because it's not overplayed--there's no Green Acres theme music, no mannerisms or catch phrases that recall the previous characters; if you get it, you get it, if you don't...well, that's OK too, no one is spoon feeding you a cultural reference.Read more ›
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Intruder is a fun and delightfully gory late 80s slasher that perfectly exemplifies the direction the sub-genre took from the more somber and intense early 80s entries. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MonsterZeroNJ
I was very impressed with this purchase big horror fan and Bruce Campbell is one of my favorites the DVD arrived very fast a very good gory slasher in a after hours supermarket... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A little cheesey, but I love b-horror movies. Great fun movie.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very good & I feel underrated late 80s slasher. Its very enjoyable, I like the setting (supermarket at night). Read morePublished 3 months ago by Darkness
If you're a slasher film enthusiast, then you need to see this movie! Released in 1989, after the peak of the slasher film, this is one of the better LATE 80's slasher films. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John D. Seneca