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Intruder(1989)(Review)[Weirdo Wednesday]

During a time when slashers were becoming unoriginal and exhaustive, leave it to the traditional working team of Scott Spiegel & Sam Raimi to be the ones to produce one of the more original entries in the genre. Full of the traditional humor and experimental camera angles we’ve come to love from Raimi himself, this Spiegel directed piece has a lot to offer in an era where things were very manufactured and by-the-numbers.

‘Intruder’ is simply the story of a night crew who are stocking the shelves of a supermarket before their big liquidation and closure sale. But somebody has entered the building, and the prices aren’t the only things being slashed.

The story is simple and takes place over the course of a couple hours. We have one main person who is our suggested killer, and the story follows as everyone is individually dealt with in very creative and wonderful ways. We have Jennifer whose ex-boyfriend was recently released after being accused of going on a homicidal rampage, and he shows up at the store before closing putting his hands on her and causing a scene. Once he is escorted off the premises, the kills start off subtle and artfully shot (almost giallo-esque) and slowly become more gorey and over-the-top. From things like a receipt spike going through the eye, to a meat carver going sideways through a face, anything and everything is on the table.

It’s a lot of fun, and again, has some very creative camera work that places it a step above the rest. It’s produced by Sam Raimi and features a guest cameo from Bruce Campbell – so just by those names alone you can imagine the style of this film, but picture with a bit more subtle restraint. There’s a lot of dark humor and some splatstick style fighting that marry together beautifully.

It’s not amazing, but it’s certainly leagues above many others. When you think you’ve seen it all, ‘Intruder’ places itself as conversation worthy and a fun time with some friends.

3.5/5
“Intruder” is currently streaming on Shudder.

‘Til Next Time,
Mike Cleopatra

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