INTRUDER is a fantastic and undermentioned Slasher that came right at the end of the first era in the late 80s. Director Scott Spiegel took all the right notes from friend Sam Raimi when making this micro-budget film, and takes advantage of a wide variety of interesting camera angles and superior lighting techniques to turn a small, cramped grocery store into a looming and foreboding death trap. What I appreciate most about this one is how natural each of the characters are. This may be the first cast in film history that looks like the average assembly of home town teens: they dress plainly, their facial features and acne scares aren't hidden under mounds of make-up, they are not unnaturally attractive, they are just everyday people that you can actually see working at the neighborhood market. While the acting isn't great, it also isn't scripted, and it gives the flick an amateur charm that lends even more credibility to the characters. The film also generates genuine suspense through perfectly timed edits, clever camera set-ups, and creative framing. If that wasn't enough, the gore and deaths in INTRUDER rank among the best in the genre. There are some really fantastic FX here done by the one and only KNB, including a face crushing in a trash compactor, a face that is sawed in half, geysers of blood streaming from stab wounds, a meat hook through the face, and that's just the start!! One of the biggest flaws with the film would have to be that the killer is hardly concealed and easily recognizable, but outside of that the numerous attempts to recapture the same visual style of EVIL DEAD get a little tired when they are overused. But hey, if that's the worst the film has to offer, I'll take it. This is a must-see for any gore fan, but for such a simple plot, it is smart, sleek, and scary little Slasher that comes highly recommended!
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