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Intruder: A Terrifying Thriller About a Home Invasion Gone Wrong

Intruder is a 1989 American slasher film written and directed by Scott Spiegel, and co-written and produced by Lawrence Bender. It received positive reviews from critics, with particular praise given for its unique setting of a grocery store for a slasher film.[1]

Intruder marked the feature directorial debut of Scott Spiegel. The film was partially based around Spiegel's experience working at the real Walnut Lake Market in Michigan. It was also something of a remake of an earlier Super-8 short film by Spiegel. The short was a slasher story called Night Crew, and featured a more Halloween-inspired killer.[citation needed]

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Intruder was filmed at an empty grocery store, which was rented to the crew of the film. The shelves were empty and bare and the crew had a company that specialized in damaged goods deliver over two tons of defective merchandise to stock the store.

The film was originally entitled The Night Crew, but distributors felt that the film would be more marketable if it was given a more generic slasher film title; thus it was released as Intruder.[citation needed]

Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, and Ted Raimi were all heavily promoted by Paramount as the stars of the film, and their names feature prominently on video and DVD artwork. Sam Raimi actually plays a supporting character, Ted Raimi has a small supporting role, barely more than a bit part, and Bruce Campbell appears in the final scene in a brief cameo. The back cover of the DVD release makes it appear that Renée Estevez is the heroine, whereas in the film she is the first character to die.

The original VHS release from Paramount Home Video contained the R-rated version, which was missing five minutes of gore footage. Nearly all of KNB's effects footage was removed. The 2005 US DVD release by Wizard Video presents the director's cut.[2] Synapse Films released an uncensored version of Intruder on combo DVD/Blu-ray on 13 December 2011.[3] In 2017, 88 Films released the film uncensored on DVD and Blu-ray with bonus features, double-sided cover art and a restored and remastered version of the film. In 2019, Full Moon Features released a 30th anniversary DVD which was remastered from the original camera negative and features the uncensored version of the film.[4]

Intruder had a positive reception. Adam Tyner of DVD Talk awarded the film four and a half out of five stars and wrote, "Intruder easily ranks up there as one of the best slashers I've ever seen".[5] DVD Verdict referred to it as "a very cool film. While it includes all the genre tropes, it presents them in a way that feels fresher and more creative than many of the countless other maniac-on-the-loose films that the decade produced".[6] Intruder was deemed one of the "greatest entries" in the slasher film boom of the 1980s by Horror[7] Bloody Disgusting rated the film three out of five stars and wrote: "It's certainly no horror classic, but for stalwart gorehounds, Intruder is sweet, sweet manna".[2]

The Intruder is a 2019 American psychological thriller film directed by Deon Taylor and written by David Loughery. The film stars Michael Ealy and Meagan Good as a couple who buy a house in the country, only to realize its previous owner (Dennis Quaid) refuses to let it go. It was released in the United States on May 3, 2019, by Sony Pictures Releasing, receiving generally negative reviews from critics. However, it was a commercial success, grossing $40 million worldwide against its $8 million budget.

Scott and Annie hide behind the bedroom door as Charlie searches the house for them. When Charlie enters the room, Scott strikes him in the head with a baseball bat and seizes the rifle. Lying on the floor bleeding, Charlie taunts Scott by saying Scott would never dare shoot him. As they stand over Charlie, Annie calls 911 and informs the dispatcher that her husband has just shot an intruder. Horrified, Charlie screams, "You don't deserve Foxglove!" Scott replies, "Go to hell," and shoots Charlie, finally killing him.

The Intruder was released in the United States on May 3, 2019. It was previously set for an April 26, 2019 release, but was pushed back a week to separate from Avengers: Endgame.[6] The film was released on Blu-Ray and DVD on July 30, 2019.[citation needed]

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Glenn Kenny was the chief film critic of Premiere magazine for almost half of its existence. He has written for a host of other publications and resides in Brooklyn. Read his answers to our Movie Love Questionnaire here.

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Even though it is a by-the-book Slasher Movie, the film gained cult status after its release in 1989 for having a plenty of Sam Raimi regulars present (including the man himself), director Scott Spiegel's camerawork and its gorntastic kills.

Has no relation to the 2019 multiplayer video game of the same name. It is equally unrelated to the BBC series Intruders, the 2006 novel The Intruders, or the 2015 films Intruders and The Intruders.

  • Prices for these examples were cut: Absurdly Sharp Blade: One of the killer's first kills is slamming a knife halfway through and down his victim's skull. Note that this is a cutting knife, not a cleaver (he picks that up later), and he doesn't stab with it, he chops, and it STILL goes halfway through the skull.

  • Accidental Murder: Craig got into prison prior to the events of the film when he accidentally killed a man after Jennifer broke up with him.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Severed hands and feet are discovered by the cast.

  • Barehanded Blade Block: When Jennifer tries to attack the killer with a knife, he grabs it by the blade and throws it aside.

  • Big "NO!": Dave when he sees the table saw.

  • Blood Is Squicker in Water: The killer drops a chopped hand into a lobster tank, which quickly turns red with blood.

  • Broken Record: Joe's headphones play exactly one song for the first hours of working.

  • Cassandra Truth: The police arrest Jennifer and Craig in the end, ignoring their pleas for innocence.

  • Character in the Logo: Done in the VHS releases, with its killer in the "I" of the logo.

  • Chekhov's Gun: The knife used to kill Linda. Jennifer tears it from her chest and attacks the killer with it.

  • Chekhov's Skill: Bill impersonating Danny. He uses it to lure Jennifer into a trap.

  • Closed Circle: The store, as the killer has the keys.

  • Covers Always Lie: Some stylized VHS covers show the killer with an axe. He never uses one.

  • Creator Cameo: Scott Spiegel appears as the guy delivering the bread, who is then killed off as the Final Girl watches helplessly from inside the store.

  • Double Take: Randy does it when he sees a severed hand wrapped in meat packaging.

  • Downer Ending: Bill is dead, but Jennifer and Craig end up being accused and arrested for the murder spree.

  • Drop the Hammer: When Bill finds Craig spying on Jennifer outside, he attacks him with a hammer.

  • Dutch Angle: When Bill notices a doorknob turning, the shot of him looking at it slowly turns into a tilted angle.

  • Eye Awaken: Used twice by Not Quite Dead characters.

  • Eye Scream: Danny's eye is pierced by a spike.

  • Final Girl: Jennifer is the last surviving, and thus is left to fight the killer. In an interesting twist, she gets help from Craig.

  • Giggling Villain: The killer after his identity is revealed.

  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Used twice against the killer.

  • Grievous Harm with a Body: A severed head is used as a bludgeoning instrument.

  • Half the Man He Used to Be: One of the victims is found cut in half.

  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Joe's Walkman drowns out the approach of the killer as he's chopping up meat for the deli.

  • Hooks and Crooks: Jennifer defends herself with a hook.

  • Hope Spot: The couple trying to visit the store after closing hours, and the bread guy.

  • Locked Out of the Loop: After he puts on his Walkman, Joe has no idea what is going on. This leads to his death as the music drowns out the approach of the killer.

  • Not Quite Dead: Craig after Jennifer attacks him, and the killer in the ending.

  • Off with His Head!: Dave gets his head severed offscreen.

  • Offscreen Teleportation: The killer manages to get outside in record time to kill the bread deliverer in front Jennifer.

  • Once is Not Enough: Jennifer manages to jab Craig in the throat, apparently killing him. He later turns up alive, and is not actually the killer. Subverted at the end, where Craig attacks Bill, the real killer, with a meat cleaver, ferociously hacking at him over and over until he drops. Then Double Subverted when it turns out that STILL wasn't quite enough to kill him.

  • Peek-a-Boo Corpse: Jennifer is surprised by Randy's corpse.

  • Police Are Useless: When the cops come after Craig's troublemaking, they just ask the cast to call them again if he shows up. Taken further in the ending, as a different pair of cops arrest the surviving characters for the murders.

  • Red Herring: Craig's behavior early in the film makes him seem like his responsible for the killings.

  • Screaming Woman: Understandably, Jennifer becomes this when she finds the remains of the killer's victims.

  • Shout-Out: Bill's story about the guy in the fire rescue who "had the head in one hand, sandwich in the other", is lifted from Raising Arizona.

  • Spiteful Spit: Jennifer spits at the face of the gloating killer, who just licks it off.

  • The Stoner: Bub. To drive the point home, he speaks like a surfer.

  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: The killer uses his woundedness to implicate the surviving characters for the murders.

  • Your Head A-Splode: Bub getting his head forced into the activated box crusher.


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