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Intruder (1989)

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


Scott Spiegel


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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


The ex-boyfriend of a check-out girl at a supermarket returns at closing time to make trouble. They quarrel and the boyfriend is ejected from the store. After they lock the building up to take inventory, the employees start dying off, and the survivors must eventually find a way to escape with their lives! Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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From the creators of EVIL DEAD II comes... [Intruder] See more »


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Release Date:

13 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Crew See more »

Filming Locations:

Bell, California, USA


Box Office


$130,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was shot in an actual grocery store in Bell, California during the evenings when the store was closed. See more »


Jennifer's green shirt changes in both style and color halfway through the movie. See more »


Bill Roberts: There's gonna be one more killing here tonight.
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Alternate Versions

There is an unrated director's cut available which features the infamous "bandsaw lobotomy" where a character's head is inserted into a high powered meat slicer. See more »


References The Graduate (1967) See more »

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Oh The Gore! The Gore!!!
6 October 2011 | by Vivekmaru45See all my reviews

THE GREATEST American SLASHER FLICK EVER MADE! But don't take MY WORD for it - see it for yourself. Forget all your Michael Myers, Jasons or Freddies, this guy here eats all of these for breakfast!!! Perhaps due to a poor marketing strategy, this film isn't widely known to many people. But that doesn't mean a thing nowadays, as many of these gems are available to be watched online or downloaded over the internet.

I am proud to own this GEM on DVD! The script was written and directed by Scott Spiegel, the co-writer of Evil Dead 2.

Plot: A local late night supermarket is shutting up and the night shift are starting to restock the shelves ready for the next day.

Just as the store is about to close Craig (David Byrnes), the former boyfriend of cashier Jennifer (Elizabeth Cox), appears and the two have an argument. Worried for her friend, Linda (Renee Estevez) presses her panic button and calls for help. Co owner Bill (Dan Hicks) appears and a fight ensues. Craig escapes onto the shop floor and the night crew set out to track him down whilst Jennifer calls the police. On discovering him there is another scuffle before they manage to eject Craig from the store, after which he disappears into the night.

While the night crew are gathered the owners announce they are selling the store and the staff will soon be out of a job. The staff are assigned the task of marking down all the stock in preparation for the close.

Craig makes telephone calls to the store, unnerving Jennifer. The police arrive but do little to help and just tell the group to be careful.

Linda finishes her shift and takes some shopping out to her car but is stabbed by an unseen attacker. Bill spots someone trying the back door and goes out to investigate. He finds Craig watching Jennifer through the bathroom window. Craig clubs Bill over the head with a hammer.

Back in the store an unseen assailant begins to stalk the workers and the store-owner and kills them one by one. The killer dismembers his victims, leaving body parts around the store.

Realising that everyone seems to have vanished, Jennifer goes to investigate and discovers bodies in the storerooms. Terrified, she is attacked by the killer but manages to escape back onto the shop floor. Hearing someone at the door she attempts to attract their attention but they have gone when she gets there.

Craig appears and grabs her but she stabs him with a meat hook. Craig slumps to the floor. Bill staggers in and says Craig had attacked him outside the store. He calls the police.

Jennifer notices that Bill's hands are covered in blood and realizes he is the killer. Bill tells her that he could not let his partner sell the store so he killed him, and then just got carried away killing the others. Bill attacks Jennifer and chases her around the store. Jennifer is locked inside the building. A delivery man appears outside. Jennifer tries to get his attention but he is killed by Bill who had slipped outside.

Bill reenters the building and stalks Jennifer again. Jennifer is grabbed by Craig who tells her he saw Bill killing Linda and climbed into the building through the bathroom window to save her. Bill appears and clubs Craig to the ground with a severed head whilst Jennifer flees.

Crawling out the bathroom window Jennifer attempts to escape in her car but finds the body of Linda in there. Bill grabs her legs and pulls Jennifer under the car but she stabs him with the knife she had pulled from Linda. Jennifer heads to a phone booth to call the police where Bill reappears again and starts to smash the booth to get at her. Tipping the phone booth over he has Jennifer trapped when Craig appears and hacks him with a meat cleaver.

Jennifer and Craig are standing in the car park over Bill's body when the police arrive and arrest them. Bill regains consciousness and shouts to the police that the pair had gone mad and killed everyone. The two are taken away protesting their innocence.

Similar films: Dr. Giggles, The Ice Cream Man, The Mutilator, Bloody Moon, The Burning and Just Before Dawn.

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