When the calendar page turns to October, we Rejects have only one thought: horror. To celebrate this grandest and darkest of months, we’ll cover one excellent horror film a day for the entirety of the month. That’s 31 Days of Horror and 31 Films perfect for viewing on a dark, chilly, October night. If you, like us, love horror and Halloween, give us a Hell Yeah and keep coming every day this month for a new dose of adrenaline.
Synopsis: The night shift at a local grocery store are thrown into a tizzy when the ex-boyfriend of one of the cashiers shows up and starts some trouble. When employees start turning up dead, the minor scuffle escalates into a fight for life and death. (Death wins, for the most part)
Killer Scene: My favorite scene involves genre stalwart Ted Raimi, younger brother to Sam, meating his demise. You see, he works as a butcher. So he meats his demise. Anyway, Intruder is kind of a slow burn that lacks a lot of really tremendous scenes, but still manages to be effective overall. One compelling visual comes towards the end of our film when our killer re-enacts the story the group heard about a madman walking down the street, a severed head in one hand, a sandwich in the other.
Violence: While the film takes awhile to get going in terms of spreading the blood, once the bodies start to fall quite a few of them fall pretty hard. There is a decapitation, a cleaving, and a decent amount of blood spilled. Most of the kills are satisfying, but quick, and at the end, so the overall violence level stays kind of low, though there is some nice gore during the last 15 minutes. If you can find the uncut and unrated version, apparently the gore and kills are far more brutal and evident. Either way, the version I was able to see was still pretty darn enjoyable.
Sex: Sorry folks, not much to report here. Star and heroine Jennifer (Elizabeth Cox) is a good looking lady, but she keeps herself fully clothed the entire time. Ladies don’t have much to look at either, unless you find having both Ted and Sam Raimi acting in the movie titillating.
Scares: Intruder opts for a mostly realistic take on things, so if the idea of a crazed person stalking and killing your friends at work gets under your skin, you might get some chills. I do say mostly realistic though because our killer does seem to randomly posses moments of super strength, able to lift full grown men off their feet with a single hand. This film won’t scare the pants off you, but it’s an effective and fun slasher that is a fine, late addition to the 80s horror scene, arriving in 1989.
Final Thoughts: Intruder isn’t necessarily a great film, but it’s fun. It’s the kind of movie that is best served up in front of a few friends with a couple of brews on a cool October evening. The flick was written and directed by Scott Spiegel- if the name sounds familiar it’s because you’ve seen Evil Dead II, which he wrote with Sam Raimi. As part of the Detroit based crew, Spiegel brings in a lot of familiar faces, including both Raimi brothers and fan favorite Bruce Campbell for a brief cameo at the end.
This slasher is notable for some very interesting camera movements and angles, which don’t quite make story sense but they definitely elevate the fun factor, like when we see the action from inside of a rotary phone. Yeah, that sort of stuff. All in all, Intruder is worth watching for some late, bloody kills, the familiar Detroit-based Evil Dead boys, and the fun camera movements. Watch it with friends!