Underrated Gem: Intruder (1989)

Plot: The overnight stock crew of a local supermarket find themselves being stalked and slashed by a mysterious maniac.

I’d heard about this film for quite a few years now particularly due to some of the people involved which certainly piqued my interest in this. Intruder is one of those slasher films that’s mostly carried by not only its creative kills but also because of the solid direction that’s displayed throughout.

One aspect I did enjoy about this is the setting in a supermarket which is used to great effect, particularly in regards not only to those aforementioned kills but also helps with the atmosphere and tension that’s displayed throughout.

KNB showcases once again why they were one of the top makeup artists at the time displaying some fun makeup effects that are creative and quite gruesome.

Scott Spiegel uses some great POV shots during certain scenes that help this stand out from other slashers as he utilizes that to help set the overall tone of the film without making it feel too out of place.

The cast all do a fine job with what they’re given and it certainly helps when you have appearances from Ted Raimi, Sam Raimi, and even Bruce Campbell show up here, though don’t go in expecting them to be big parts, especially regarding Campbell who’s more of a small cameo.

What does bring this down to me is the ending feeling rushed and somewhat anticlimactic, at least to me. 

Overall, Intruder is a worthy slasher that features a decent cast, is well-directed, features a fun setting for this type of film, and has some great kills that are displayed throughout that will satisfy most slasher fans.