INTRUDER (UNRATED DIRECTORS CUT)
Reviewed by: Rees Savidis
What's it about
It’s the last night of business at the Walnut Lake grocery store, but for the night crew charged with shutting it down, this just might be…the last night of their lives! This little ditty includes: Bloody band-saw-bisections, severed hands in lobster tanks, gruesome garbage-compactor misuse and the mighty chin himself, Bruce Campbell.
Is it good movie?
Wet clean-up on aisle three! ‘Intruder’ is a prime example of horror-fans making movies for horror-fans. It’s also a splatter-movie masterpiece – hands down. Written and directed by Sam Raimi’s old roommate Scott Spiegel, this wicked slice of 80’s horror / comedy hits all the right notes as it works to tickle your ribs and then rip them out and show them to you – usually in the same motion. Turn to ‘Evil Dead II’ meets ‘Friday the 13th’in the "it's like these two flicks handbook" and you’ve found the right page. The ‘Evil Dead II’ reference is not only relevant in terms of tone and shooting style (Spiegel also wrote EDII), but when one considers the roster of names that came together to get ‘Intruder’ in-the-can, it becomes even clearer. Sam and Ted Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Dan Hicks (Jake from EDII) and gore-slingers Robert Kurtzman, Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger all pitched-in and lent their talents. As for the ‘Friday the 13th’ remark? Well…
Lots of people die.
Watch as a gaggle of twenty-something kids (including Emillio Estevez's sister Renee) get sent ot the pearly-gates in all manner of wonderfuly squishy ways - not the least of which is the (now) infamous band-saw-bisection of some poor shlubs noggin. Messy!
Released in 1988 to limited runs and generally ignored by every carbon-based life-form on Earth, ‘Intruder’ earned its stripes the old fashioned way; by passing on the lips of one splatter-savvy horror-nutter to the next. Available in ‘R’ rated-and-legal or uncut-but-mostly-shitty fifth generation bootleg VHS-tape flavors for years, ‘Intruder’ has finally (thank Christ) been released uncut and sparkling clean on DVD courtesy of the fine folks at Full Moon Entertainment.
I thought it might be fun to include a few facts about ‘Intruder’ that many genre fans might not know. Feel free to bust out these slices of fried-gold at your next gathering of splatter-nerds. ‘Intruder’ was shot for an estimated $100,000…and on 35mm no-less. Next to Sam Raimi, ‘Intruder’s’ most famous participant was Lawrence Bender who co-wrote (with Spiegel) and produced. Interestingly, it was Scott Spiegel who would introduce Bender to a wet-behind-the-ears motor-mouth kid named Quentin Tarantino. The rest is history. ‘Intruder’ was the first film crediting the special make-up effects solely to Kurtzman, Nicotero and Berger. Directly following this film, the three became known as KNB.
Video / Audio
VIDEO: We get a very clean and juicy 1.33:1 full-frame presentation of the much sought after uncut print.
AUDIO: Crisp and clean 2 Ch Dolby Digital. Things go splat and sound great doing so.
While not the balls-out special edition I lost sleep over thinking about as a youth (read: as recently as last week), it’s really the film itself that is special anyways, so…screw it. The only extras to report on here are trailers for ‘Intruder’, ‘Monsters Gone Wild!’, ‘Cinemaker’ and (it wouldn’t be a Full Moon Entertainment release without it) ‘When Puppets and Dolls Attack.’
Please, for the sake of all that is good and right in this world, do yourselves a great service and track this DVD edition of ‘Intruder’down. The film is a small-treasure and I cannot recommend it enough.