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Intruder -- The overnight stock crew of a local supermarket find themselves being stalked and slashed by a mysterious maniac. Starring Elizabeth Cox, Renee Estevez, and Sam Raimi.
Intruder -- The overnight stock crew of a local supermarket find themselves being stalked and slashed by a mysterious maniac. Starring Elizabeth Cox, Renee Estevez, and Sam Raimi.
Intruder -- It's 10 pm. The night before Walnut Lake's neighborhood supermarket closes its doors forever. The owners and night crew have a long shift ahead of them - longer than they think! Ace check out girl, Jennifer, has a deranged ex-boyfriend who's fresh out of prison. When he appears outside, weird things start happening. The phone lines are cut, and the night crew starts dying one by one, in the most gruesome ways imaginable. An ex-cop is trying to find out who the killer is and what possessed him to start the bloody rampage. But is it the ex-boyfriend or is it someone else?


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Lawrence Bender (story)
Scott Spiegel (screenplay)
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Elizabeth Cox ... Jennifer Ross

Renée Estevez ... Linda

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)

Directed by
Scott Spiegel 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lawrence Bender  story
Scott Spiegel  screenplay
Scott Spiegel  story

Produced by
Lawrence Bender .... producer
Douglas Scott-Hessler .... co-producer (as Douglas Hessler)
Charles Band .... executive producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Fernando Argüelles 
Film Editing by
King Wilder 
Production Design by
Wendy Guidery 
Art Direction by
Mara Massey 
Costume Design by
Rena Eliashiv 
Makeup Department
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects artist
Robert Kurtzman .... special makeup effects artist
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects artist (as Gregory Nicotero)
Sean Rodgers .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Jonathan Bogner .... executive in charge of production
Douglas Scott-Hessler .... production manager (as Douglas Hessler)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eddie Ziv .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Sarah Brady .... adr & foley editor
David Chornow .... sound mixer
Ted Kosiusko .... re-recording mixer
Lars Nelson .... re-recording mixer
Sara Oldfield .... sound mixer
Jesse Turajski .... recordist
Chuck Borden .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
James Hawkinson .... electrician
Michael Martino .... gaffer
Bob Myers .... key grip
Editorial Department
Juliet Avola .... post-production
Chris Weber .... negative cutter
Gary Weber .... negative cutter
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Other crew
Paula F. Major .... production coordinator
Joyce 'Doc' Pepper .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Night Crew: The Final Checkout" - USA (video title)
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83 min | 88 min (director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2010) | New Zealand:R16 (2009) | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (heavily cut)
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The Paramount VHS video cover (along with various other video and DVD releases) and the film's trailers all reveal the identity of the killer, thus spoiling the film's dramatic tension.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Stuntman visible when "Bill" turns over the phone booth with Linda inside. He has a different body type and a full head of hair.See more »
Craig Peterson:I saw him kill LindaSee more »
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Couldn't you wait until after I lock up?, 20 January 2012
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Slasher films in the eighties were a dime a dozen. Some were just carbon copies of more successful franchises (IE: The Burning). Some were bloated, gimmicky sequels to a surprising success (IE: Friday the 13th Part III ) And finally, some offered an interesting take on the genre rather than just duplicating it. However, some of those films ended up lost in the shuffle, only to be discovered and branded with a cult following years later.

One of these films happens to be the 1989 Intruder. Written and directed by Scott Spiegel, one of the co-writers for Evil Dead II. Spiegel worked along side Sam Raimi, one of his closest friends, on Evil Dead II and a lot of the "Sam Raimi spirit" seems to bleed through Intruder. It's gory, unapologetic in some of its kills, and offers the fast-paced style of storytelling we're so used to horror films. Almost like a "so many bodies, so little time" type motivation.

The story is centered around a market which the owners announce will close the following day and that the staff needs to stay late to mark down prices. The central protagonist is Jennifer (Cox), a young and attractive woman who gets into a fight with her ex-boyfriend very early in the film. Out of nowhere, in the wee hours of the night, someone begins to repeatedly kill the workers in the building. The staff doesn't begin to notice until less and less people are in the store. They are clueless, confused, and trapped.

Horror films that center its plot around a claustrophobic place almost always succeed. For now at least. If the setting is utilized appropriately (by that I mean making us feel like we're trapped with these characters) and the music combines the right level of helplessness and tension, the film will most likely achieve its goal. Intruder takes place mostly all in the supermarket. Very few times do we leave to check out the parking lot. These characters are trapped and so are we.

Sadly, many of the characters are very bland and undeveloped. Except for, of course, the female lead. Everyone else is just victim to a splatter film. Speaking of a splatter film, this one definitely succeeds because it doesn't pull cheap punches. It shows us what we came to see. Remember the original Friday the 13th? Of course it occupied a very good setting and was dripping with unsettling atmosphere, but it didn't show us what we wanted. The murders. Intruder, at first, seems like it's another film that censors its action, but in reality, it shows us just what we came to see.

The ending is not the simple, mindless contrivance we've become used to in horror films. No cliffhangers, no abruptness to the story, no clichés, truly an original ending attached to complete a good horror film. What more can you sincerely ask for? Starring: Elizabeth Cox, Renee Estevez, David Byrnes, Dan Hicks, Sam Raimi, and Ted Raimi. Directed by: Scott Spiegel.

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