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The ex-boyfriend of a check-out girl at a supermarket returns at closing time to make trouble. They quarrel and the boyfriend is ejected from the store. After they lock the building up to take inventory, the employees start dying off, and the survivors must eventually find a way to escape with their lives!Written by
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The film was shot in an actual grocery store in Bell, California during the evenings when the store was closed. See more »
Even though the story takes place during the course of one night, the TV GUIDE Magazines at the checkout stands change periodically. The movie was filming in a real grocery store after hours and TV GUIDE is a weekly publication - this helps chronicle the numerous weeks involved in filming. See more »
The uncut director's edition was released in Ireland, back in 1989, by Colourbox. It carries a note saying it is illegal in the rest of the United Kingdom (UK). This features all the murder scenes UNCUT, from the bandsaw labotomy to the eye impaling. See more »
Slasher films in the eighties were a dime a dozen. Some were just carbon copies of more successful franchises (IE: The Burning). Some were bloated, gimmicky sequels to a surprising success (IE: Friday the 13th Part III ) And finally, some offered an interesting take on the genre rather than just duplicating it. However, some of those films ended up lost in the shuffle, only to be discovered and branded with a cult following years later.
One of these films happens to be the 1989 Intruder. Written and directed by Scott Spiegel, one of the co-writers for Evil Dead II. Spiegel worked along side Sam Raimi, one of his closest friends, on Evil Dead II and a lot of the "Sam Raimi spirit" seems to bleed through Intruder. It's gory, unapologetic in some of its kills, and offers the fast-paced style of storytelling we're so used to horror films. Almost like a "so many bodies, so little time" type motivation.
The story is centered around a market which the owners announce will close the following day and that the staff needs to stay late to mark down prices. The central protagonist is Jennifer (Cox), a young and attractive woman who gets into a fight with her ex-boyfriend very early in the film. Out of nowhere, in the wee hours of the night, someone begins to repeatedly kill the workers in the building. The staff doesn't begin to notice until less and less people are in the store. They are clueless, confused, and trapped.
Horror films that center its plot around a claustrophobic place almost always succeed. For now at least. If the setting is utilized appropriately (by that I mean making us feel like we're trapped with these characters) and the music combines the right level of helplessness and tension, the film will most likely achieve its goal. Intruder takes place mostly all in the supermarket. Very few times do we leave to check out the parking lot. These characters are trapped and so are we.
Sadly, many of the characters are very bland and undeveloped. Except for, of course, the female lead. Everyone else is just victim to a splatter film. Speaking of a splatter film, this one definitely succeeds because it doesn't pull cheap punches. It shows us what we came to see. Remember the original Friday the 13th? Of course it occupied a very good setting and was dripping with unsettling atmosphere, but it didn't show us what we wanted. The murders. Intruder, at first, seems like it's another film that censors its action, but in reality, it shows us just what we came to see.
The ending is not the simple, mindless contrivance we've become used to in horror films. No cliffhangers, no abruptness to the story, no clichés, truly an original ending attached to complete a good horror film. What more can you sincerely ask for? Starring: Elizabeth Cox, Renee Estevez, David Byrnes, Dan Hicks, Sam Raimi, and Ted Raimi. Directed by: Scott Spiegel.
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