Reviewed by: Zombie Boy
What's it about
A shadowy figure menaces the employees of a small-town grocery store.
Is it good movie?
The Walnut Lake grocery store employees have enough problems without a homicidal maniac picking them off one by one. They have just found out the store is closing, putting them out of a job, and Jenniferís trying to put out for Dave. So itís especially inconvenient when her psycho ex coming back to town coincides with her friends and co-workers being systematically murdered while they re-price all the items in the store.
Like all proper Raimi (and co.) fanboys, I owned Intruder on VHS back in the day. I donít really remember it well enough to know what is different in this directorís cut, but then again I also donít remember it being this tedious. Sure, itís got a rare acting turn by Sam Raimi, as well as his brother Ted, a lot of Danny Hicks and a little Bruce Campbell, but man. B-o-r-i-n-g. The acting is iffy, the pace is glacial, and the kills routine.
It also has two of the big horror movie problems: a failed attempt at being comical, and a crappy red herring plot device. The humor is really broad, and injected at bizarre points in the movie. I was left wondering if I was supposed to be laughing with the movie, or at it. And Craig the psycho exís character is so overblown and one-note that itís hard to ever believe heís the killer, hence negating him as a red herring (spoiler alert).
This Blu-Ray looks awesome, though, and is chocked full of special features. You wonít miss a single Scott Spiegel subjective camera angle. Unfortunately.
Video / Audio
Video: This High Def transfer has the movie looking better than it ever has.
Audio: The audio track is 2.0 mono, unfortunately, but it sounds reasonably decent and the sounds not a huge part of the film anyway.
Slashed Prices: The Making of Intruder: This featurette is 38-minutes of fond reminiscences about making the film from most of the cast and crew. Itís comprehensive to say the least, including a neat opening animation and an interview with Bruce Campbell right up in the beginning. And you know BC doesnít suffer fools or do things that he feels are a waste of his time. In fact, itís fully more interesting than the film itself. Elizabeth Coxís list of screams is priceless.
Extended Murder Sequences From The Original Workprint: And by extended they mean that the shots linger a little too long and the your suspension of disbelief is shattered and the fakeness of the effects becomes impossible to ignore. Itís interesting to see early KNB effects, however.
Outtakes From The Now Lost Short Film Night Crew: Intruderís precursor was a Super 8 short called Night Crew, which is lost to the ages. This feature is what footage Spiegel could find, edited together to give an idea of what that film was all about. Itís pretty good for what it is.
The Slashing of Intruder With Filmmaker Vincent Pereira: This is a cute story of this guy, who would later become a filmmaker himself, receiving an uncut VHS copy of Intruder from Scott Spiegel after complaining to Gorezone about how the official release of the film was butchered for content.
Original Cast Audition Footage: Iím sure the cast reeeeeally appreciates this feature being included.
Behind The Scenes Still Gallery: This is a four-minute montage of SFX still from the shoot.
Commentary With Scott Spiegel and Lawrence Bender: I gotta tell you, these guys were damned excited to do this commentary. They go a mile a minute, giving lots of information, and are extremely peppy and happy. Iím not sure Iíve ever heard a more energetic commentary.
Rounding out the features are trailers for both Intruder and Night Crew.
Intruder is interesting in being an early KNB effects job, and is especially interesting if youíre a fan of the early collaborations of Sam Raimi and his troupe at the timeÖbut itís not a terribly good film. But if you are a fan of it, this Blu-Ray edition is really great. The film looks awesome, and it is literally chocked full of special features. So pick it up if youíre already a fan, or if you want a nice piece of 80ís horror history in your collection. But it doesnít stand the test of time for me, personally.