Intruder title

AKA: Night of the Intruder, Night Crew, Night Crew : The Final Checkout

Tag Line : A new dimension in terror

IntruderThe nightshift workers of a late night suburban supermarket are busy going about their duties when they get an unwelcome customer. This turns out to be a chap named Craig (David Byrnes), the ex-boyfriend of one of the cashiers who's fresh out of jail and has decided to pay his ex-girlfriend Jennifer (Elizabeth Cox) a visit before closing time.

He promptly starts brawling with the staff, and after a quick struggle, is ejected from the building. The police are called, but shortly after they leave the manger gets the impression that someone is still hanging about around the back. Unfortunately though, he doesn't get the chance to tell anybody about it.

The store workers continue to go about their duties oblivious to their unwelcome visitor, and consequently end up getting despatched in some rather gruesome fashions, which includes one member of staff getting his head shoved down on a spike which pierces his eyeball, another member gets his head put through a bandsaw whilst others get knifed, hung on meathooks and crushed in the waste compactor.

Of course it is kind of difficult to take all this seriously, as the gore is done in a very slapstick manner in much the same vein as the Evil Dead films, so it comes as no surprise to learn that the director, Scott Spiegel, actually worked on the first 2 Evil Dead films with Sam Raimi. The coincidences don't end their either, the special effects were done by the same make up crew, namely KNB FX, and Sam Raimi, a freind of Speigels, actually co-stars in the film as one of the supermarket workers, alongside his brother Ted Raimi (you know, the bloke who plays "Joxer", the idiot in Xena and Hercules), and to top it all off Bruce Campbell turns up in a cameo role as a police officer.

On the outset the film appears to be an average run-of-the-mill stalk and slash thriller, however as it gets going you sort of get the impression this is a more of a tongue-in-cheek, darkly humoured, horror spoof. As far as slasher films go, it's a very average production, but if you try not to take the film too seriously and see it for what it is, a light hearted horror rompus, it's actually kind of entertaining in a dark sort of way. It's certainly worth watching even if only to see Sam Raimi getting butchered on screen.

Overall Marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Director Scott Spiegel, who is buddies with Sam Raimi, helped co-write "Evil Dead 2". He also directed "From Dusk till Dawn 2 : Texas Blood Money" and "He can be seen making a cameo appearance as the bread delivery man, who gets killed near the films climax.

  • The film was cut by the BBFC for its original UK release in the early 90's by about 1M.50s, which trimmed the gore from the more graphic moments. However, the distributors inadvertently released the uncut version by mistake, and so had to quickly replace it with the cut version. However the uncut video was apparently still released in the Republic of Ireland, which outwardly had the same cover as the UK release, with the exception of a warning sticker on the front.

  • The film was passed uncut for a UK DVD release in 2004.

  • Rene Estevez, who stars as the cashier Linda, is the daughter of Martin Sheen, and of course sister of Emilio Estevez.

  • The film was originally titled "Night Crew", but the distributors decided to rename it as they thought "Intruder" sounded catchier.

  • Alvy Moore and Tom Lester, who appear as a couple of bungling police officers, both starred in the cult 1960 US TV show "Green Acres".

  • The Police officer who appears alongside Bruce Campbell at the end of the film was played by the producer Lawrence Bender.

  • Elizabeth Cox, who plays Jennifer, also starred in the cult 80's horror flicks "Night of the Creeps" and "The Wraith".

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