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Intruder (1988)

  Tags: 80's slasher, Billy Marti, blood, Bruce Campbell, Burr Steers, cheesy, Craig Stark, Dan Hicks, David Byrnes, Elizabeth Cox, Eugene Robert Glazer, gore, intruder, night of the intruder, Renée Estevez, Sam Raimi, Scott Spiegel, slasher, supermarket, Ted Raimi

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Scott Spiegel
84 minutes
Elizabeth Cox, Renée Estevez, Dan Hicks, David Byrnes, Sam Raimi, Eugene Robert Glazer, Billy Marti, Burr Steers, Craig Stark, Ted Raimi, Bruce Campbell

I remember seeing this movie many years back on an uncut bootleg VHS and really digging the flick. I considered it to be one of the best slasher's I've seen and after viewing it a second time, I still stand by that. The reason I think this is because of the originality of the story, the large amounts of gore and the comedic tones for some of the deaths. This isn't your basic 80s slasher. It starts off when a supermarket reaches its closing time and a crazy ex-boyfriend from one of the workers comes in and starts a scene. He just got out of jail and he wants her back, but she refuses to take him. He gets mad and ends up getting in a fight with a few of the workers. He gets thrown out of the store, but finds another way inside.

What I really liked about this movie was the fact that it didn't take place in someone's house or at a cabin, like many other slasher films in the 80s. It takes place in a supermarket, and I really liked that. The story itself is more realistic than many other slasher movies. The death scenes were VERY gory and detailed, but that might be because I got a hold of the uncut DVD version of the film -- gotta love that gore. Although it is uncut, the DVD contains a couple extended death scenes. The movie has an overall humorous tone to it and nothing's really taken too seriously. It's obviously not a flat out horror comedy, but it does have some comedy in it, which blends in quite nicely and makes viewing it more enjoyable.

I thought the directing was done very well, because the camera was put in so many different and unusual places, which made things much more interesting then your typical camera angles. The camera angles are very much like the ones used in the movie From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, which Scott Spiegal also directed. There were some tense and suspenseful scenes that keeps you thinking whether the killer's gonna get the person or not. The acting is a little iffy at times, but it's to be expected from a slasher flick. There's an interesting, but predictable, twist at the end that's fun to watch. If you check this film look out for Bruce Campbell's cameo appearance as a police officer at the end of the film. You'll also get to see by Sam and Ted Raimi in the film, who Scott has worked with a lot in the past and the present, and lastly look out for the director's cameo as the "bread man."

The only reason why I gave this film an 8-rating and not anything higher was because I thought the acting and choreography was a little too fake at times. You can easily tell when the guy's not really getting hit and I thought the movie lost a point because of that. It's still a very good flick though. If you get your hands on the German uncut DVD (which I have) you'll get to see a couple humorous short films by director Scott Spiegel. Bruce Campbell stars in one of'em and Sam Raimi in the other. Priceless stuff if you're a fan.

Personally one of the best slasher films I've seen. There's lots of killing and plenty of gore. Some humor here and there and an interesting twist at the end. I'd recommend this movie to anyone who loves slasher films like me.

Posted on October 27, 2009 - 12:27am | FrighT MasteR