INTRUDER (1989) Reviews and overview


‘He’s just crazy ’bout this store!’

Intruder is a 1989 American slasher horror feature film co-written and directed by Scott Spiegel, the co-writer of Evil Dead II. Co-writer and producer Lawrence Bender went on to work with Quentin Tarantino on Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and From Dusk Till Dawn.

The movie stars Elizabeth Cox, Renée Estevez and Dan Hicks. Also known as Night of the Intruder and Night Crew: The Final Checkout 

Special makeup effects were provided by the KNB EFX group comprising of Greg Nicotero, Robert Kurtzman and Howard Berger.


The film was partially based around Scott Spiegel’s experiences working at the real Walnut Lake Market in Michigan. It was also something of a remake of an earlier Super-8 short film by Spiegel. The short was a slasher story called ‘Night Crew’ and featured a more Halloween inspired killer.


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” …the extended climax is genuinely claustrophobic and intense. It sure doesn’t hurt that the third act is shouldered by a particularly great Final Girl, and the killer is gleefully psychopathic…a far cry from those stone-faced, silent Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers types.” DVD Talk

“Is Intruder a lost classic? No, not really. But it’s an enjoyable, blood-soaked slasher flick with moments of truly inspired, creative filmmaking. I just wish Spiegel had spent more time crafting a unique style that we see fleeting glimpses of here instead of mimicking Raimi’s Evil Dead/Evil Dead II moves.” Good Efficient Butchery


” …a modest, low-budget gorefest that embraces everything that makes these movies so entertaining and throws in its own brand of charm for good measure.” Obscure Cinema 101

“Most of the dialogue was hilariously cheesy, and consisted of a lot of that horror movie cliche stuff like “Hey, [insert name here] stop fooling around!” … Very fun little movie. It needs more love!” The Girl Who Loves Horror

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“To make up for his surprise-free slasher script, Spiegel resorts to trick shots, filming through a bottle, from underneath a telephone dial or a wastepaper basket or from the point of view of a turning door handle.” The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror

“The first thing that strikes you about Intruder are the odd camera angles. Cameras peer out from inside telephones, beneath the floor and inside buckets, making for an odd atmosphere … One to watch, particularly for Raimi fans.” Jim Harper, Legacy of Blood: A Comprehensive Guide to Slasher Movies 

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Cast and characters:

Elizabeth Cox … Jennifer Ross
Renée Estevez … Linda (as Renee Estevez)
Dan Hicks … Bill Roberts (as Danny Hicks)
David Byrnes … Craig Peterson
Sam Raimi … Randy
Eugene Robert Glazer … Danny (as Eugene Glazer)
Billy Marti … Dave
Burr Steers … Bub
Craig Stark … Tim
Ted Raimi … Produce Joe
Alvy Moore … Officer Dalton
Tom Lester … Officer Mathews
Emil Sitka … Mr Abernathy
Bruce Campbell … Officer Howard
Lawrence Bender … Officer Adams
Scott Spiegel … Bread Man
Douglas Scott-Hessler … Townie At Door (as Douglas Hessler)
Greg Nicotero … Townie In Car
Mike Ionascu … Customer #1 (as Mike Jonascu)
Jim Hanson … Customer #2 (as James Hanson)
Jim Reickel … Customer #3
Paula F. Major … Customer #4 (as Paula Major)
Laura Schwartz … Customer #5
Mark Saticoy … Customer #6
Steve Patino … Customer #7
Mara Massey … Love Bird #1
Christoffer Salzgeber … Love Bird #2 (as Christopher Salzgeber)

Filming locations:

Bell, California

Technical details:

88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85: 1 (director’s cut)
Audio: Dolby


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