Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Intruder takes place entirely on the inside and on the immediate outside of a supermarket on the night before the market closes it's doors for good. The night crew plans on having a nice relaxing final day, but they end up having anything but. One of the check-out girl's ex-boyfriends is on the loose. He's just been released from prison and he's about to start killing.
Intruder's got some serious horror names behind it. First off, it was written and directed by Scott Spiegel, who co-wrote Evil Dead 2 and has gone on to produce the Hostel films. It was produced by Lawrence Bender of Tarantino producing fame. And it stars Sam and Ted Raimi as well as Bruce Campbell! It's a bit of an Evil Dead reunion. Ok, so King Bruce appears only for a brief while at the end of the film, but a Bruce appearance is a Bruce appearance.
From a meat slicer to the face, to a garbage compactor decapitation, Intruder has a ton of gore, all done to perfection by gore maestro's KNB Effects. It keeps on comin and doesn't stop until the bitter end. The effects are, as usual from KNB, amazing.
The creative shots and camera angles that Spiegel messed around with are perhaps what makes this one so entertaining. They clearly had a lot of fun making this one, and it shows. Nearly every shot in the movie is done in some kind of clever little way. Things like filming a telephone call from the point of view of inside the phone, to the first glimpses at what is now referred to as "The Spiegel Cut". The Spiegel Cut is when a certain action is about to take place, like a murder, and right before the person is about to get killed, it cuts to a much more innocent scene of a similar action. A good example would be the toe cut scene in Hostel. Right when the toe is about to be severed, it cuts to a scene of another character cutting her toe nails. If this doesn't make any sense to you right now, I don't blame you. I've uploaded an example from the film :
Intruder is a classic case of a low budget who-dun-it (not who you think) slasher film done as well as it can possibly be done and I tend to recommend it every chance I can get. It's funny, it's campy, it's bloody, and it's a hell of a good time! It should be noted i'm also a sucker for movies that take place in one location, which only adds to the appeal. Just make sure you pick up the unrated director's cut. There are versions out there that cut out almost all of KNB's awesome gore effects.
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