Intruder (1989) Review

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Intruder (1989) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on September 24th, 2020 | Movie Review | Slasher, Confined, Gore, Maniac, 80's Horror

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It's about a small night crew at a grocery store who get stalked and chopped by a psycho slasher.

Intruder was directed by Scott Spiegel (who also directed Hostel: Part III and From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money) and stars Renée Estevez (from Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers), Dan Hicks (from Evil Dead II) and Bruce Campbell (from Dinner With Leatherface and To Hell And Back: The Kane Hodder Story).

He's just CRAZY bout this store!

Intruder Movie Review 1989

I've seen countless slasher movies over the years and yet somehow Intruder managed to fly under my radar until just recently. Somebody on a Facebook horror group just happened to mention it and dozens of people immediately commented on how great it was. This emphatic response alone was enough for me to order the Blu-ray. And I am so glad I did. Intruder is badass.

It's a very simple premise: Slasher in a grocery store. But you'd be surprised at how well it works. It's a small location with a lot of rooms, nooks and crannies. It's kind of like a house from a movie set perspective, but being in a grocery store makes it special. Every room is industrial and made to supply each department. This means you have a butcher room with lots of knives and bone saws, a produce department with lots of knives, a stock room with hydraulic box smashers. What I'm saying is there's a lot of ways to slash in a grocery store. Add to that the fact that everyone in this place is doing their own job, at night, meaning they're all comfortable being isolated and strange sounds don't raise any attention. It's a calm and relaxing environment that turns chaotic and bloody real quick.

The movie starts off with an introduction of all of the characters we'll be following, all helping out the last customers of the day before closing up. It's all very quiet and relaxing. Then some dude shows up, an ex-boyfriend of one of the cashiers, stirring up shit and having to be physically restrained. This dude, Craig, gets kicked out but keeps coming back. He becomes the guy that we're supposed to think is the slasher. But of course, if you're on All Horror you know horror and you know he's not the guy.

Intruder oozes nostalgia. And blood. Lots and lots of blood, if you get your hands on Sam Raimi's directors cut. It's also creatively filmed, there's a lot of clever kill foreshadowing and unexpected camera shots. The movie really grabs hold of you despite having a pretty slow run up to the action.

A quick note about Bruce Campbell. He's sold as being in this movie, but he's really not. He has a super short cameo near the end that you'll miss if you blink. Very uncool Sam. We all wanted to see more of Bruce.

Worth Watching?

If you're into 80's slashers than hell yes. Intruder is badass.

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