Thursday, October 15, 2009

Intruder (1989)

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!

Rating: 8/10.
Entertainment: 10/10.
Gore: 9/10.
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10 comments:

  1. This one I just saw m'self for the first time only a couple months ago, and I was instantly ashamed of myself for having waited so long. Hmph, and I call myself a "slasher fan". Jeez! *slaps own head*

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  2. Awesome. I'm going to check this one out. Thanks!

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  3. Never heard of this. Gonna check Netflix! :)

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  4. Im just pissed because I completely forgot about INTRUDER when I put together my Top Twenty Single Serving Slashers, this definitely deserves a place on there!

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  5. Dont know why Ive never seen this one, Ill have to give it a shot. I love home made movies like this one! Ever seen the Deadly Spawn or The Dead Next Door? Great examples of this kind of filmmaking as well!

    Theres a vampire movie that is amateurish as well...I just cant seem to remember the title.

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  6. Love the DEADLY SPAWN, wish I could say I liked DEAD NEXT DOOR more, but I believe you may be talking about DARKNESS for the vamp flick, hard to tell since there are so many amateur flicks out there

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  7. I need to see this damn movie. Heard so many good things about it.

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  8. The R1 DVD from Wizard (formally Full Moon) isnt the greatest quality, but at the same time it looks much better than it should for a VHS rip and gives it an authentic grindhouse appeal

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  9. Yup, Darkness was the one I was talking about! Its actually fun, so amateur, but so creative. The last twenty minutes are blood drenched!! Loved those scenes with the vampires walking against the sun and blowing up to pieces!

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  10. Damn see I knew I needed to pick that one up, I actually havent seen it yet, I have it on my wishlists and Netflix cue so I will pick it up soon here and get a review going

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