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Deadly Intruder (1985)

R | | Horror, Thriller | 1985 (USA)
A serial killer escapes from a mental hospital and hides out in a small town. A local cop must catch him before he starts on another killing spree.


John McCauley


Tony Crupi


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Holder Christopher Holder ... Bob
Molly Cheek ... Jessie
Tony Crupi Tony Crupi ... Drifter
Danny Bonaduce ... John
Laura Melton Laura Melton ... Amy
Stuart Whitman ... Capt. Pritchett
Santos Morales Santos Morales ... Carlos
Daniel Greene ... Danny
Marcy Hansen Marcy Hansen ... Cathy
David Schroeder ... Grotowski
W.T. Zacha W.T. Zacha ... Mechanic
Gerry Landrum Gerry Landrum ... Lineman
Kay St. Germain Wells ... Neighbor (as Kay St. Germain)
Suzanne Benoit Suzanne Benoit ... Salesgirl
Ben Dover ... Wayne


In a place called...Midvale, a sanitarium becomes minus one patient, when one of those interred breaks out of said loony bin after dispatching security specialists there and heads off to looking for the love of his life. Our disturbed individual is obsessively jealous, slaying anyone whom he fears may be endangering his relationship with his current girlfriend. Can the police catch him before he catches up to her? Written by suspicous

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Someone out there is watching you... Don't unlock your door.


Horror | Thriller


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Jessie: [Catching on at last] Oh my God you are crazy!
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Boring slasher turns weird sub-par thriller
9 June 2018 | by jadavixSee all my reviews

"Deadly Intruder" errs dangerously close to becoming the dullest slasher movie ever made. It sort-of redeems itself with some twists on the tired formula at the end of the movie, but these are too little too late, and are handled so badly that you might miss them, even if by some miracle you are still paying attention.

The movie's opening is singularly underwhelming. The entire thing is filmed at night, and so dimly lit you can't really understand what's going on. I got that we are witnessing an escape of some kind, but beyond that, you're on your own. It looks like one of the easiest escapes I've ever seen in a movie, but maybe I just couldn't make out the difficulty.

We then see some murders in suburbia, where people don't lock their doors. We see a woman drowned in a sink, her bathrobe coming open to show one of her breasts.

Then we get some random scenes of suburban activity, filled with people who make no impression on the audience whatsoever. If the ridiculous lighting didn't lose you, these boring scenes probably will.

One of the women we have been introduced to has a mysterious vagrant show up on her front door and scare her a little bit. Is he the escaped man from the beginning of the movie?

The movie does have one kill that actually brought out feelings in me other than boredom. A man is shown working on a car, lying underneath it. The killer lowers the car onto the man, crushing him. This actually disturbed me a little bit, so credit to the filmmakers for that one, I guess.

The movie strays from the typical slasher path toward the end, after giving us one of the lamest body-double nudity scenes I've ever seen, where a naked woman plays the lead actress from the neck down and there is little attempt to convince you that you're looking at the same person. It just leaves you wondering how much they paid the naked lady to do that... and why they really bothered.

Where it gets different is when the lead actress is taken hostage. I'm not sure if I've seen that in a slasher before. There is also a surprise ending that is more confusing than anything. The characters aren't drawn well enough for you to really be surprised. It feels like an interesting ending squandered by a filmmaker with no idea how to use it.

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1985 (USA) See more »

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California, USA

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