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Intruder (2008)

Not Rated | | Horror | 22 October 2008 (USA)
When Andrew and his disturbed girlfriend, Lila, travel to a secluded estate for a weekend getaway, they fall into the clutches of a predatory murderer who stalks the dark forest near the ... See full summary »

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Gregory Caiafa

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Gregory Caiafa (screenwriter)
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Christena Doggrell Christena Doggrell ... Lila Red
Alexandra Grossi ... Dr. Olga Carey
Jack Reiling Jack Reiling ... Andrew Carpenter
Arda Itez Arda Itez ... Dr. Helen Price
Rob Ryan Rob Ryan ... Harry
Gary Ferrar Gary Ferrar ... Benjamin
Michelle Van Schyndel Michelle Van Schyndel ... Lila's Friend
Ryan Merrigan Ryan Merrigan ... The Intruder
Anthony J. Gallo ... Sheriff Matthew Cordell (as Anthony Gallo)
Therese Plaehn ... Ginger
Gillian Wiggin Gillian Wiggin ... Susan White
Lauren Rosenberg Lauren Rosenberg ... Susan's Daughter
Vera Chow Vera Chow ... Prologue Victim
Mariana Cardenas ... Prologue Victim
Danny Wildman Danny Wildman ... Prologue Victim
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When Andrew and his disturbed girlfriend, Lila, travel to a secluded estate for a weekend getaway, they fall into the clutches of a predatory murderer who stalks the dark forest near the house. On Halloween night, the town of Hobb's Ferry finds itself at the mercy of the Intruder, a bloodthirsty clown, whose depraved tricks push Lila to the brink of madness. Written by Anonymous

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The things that frighten Lila Red, aren't only in her head.

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Horror

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Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Copake, New York, USA

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Budget:

$25,000 (estimated)
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Red Circle Movies See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Quirky...
31 October 2009 | by geraldblake12See all my reviews

When I saw the preview on vod I expected a standard low-budget, high-cheese distraction. Like most people, I enjoy the occasional bad movie. Surprisingly, what I got was possibly the oddest slasher film I've ever seen.

The film begins with a mentally ill young woman (a smoldering performance by newcomer Christena Doggrell) and her boyfriend (Jack Reiling) going to a secluded estate for a little r & r. There is an inciting incident that is the quirkiest gear shifter you'll see in a horror film all year (not to mention possibly the most brutal "cat scare" in horror movie history).

We then have some nicely acted and tense scenes, lush exterior photography that beautifully captures the autumn vistas, and a trip to the cemetery that yields a fairly severe sex/ murder scene in the form of a flashback. There's also a bit of self- destructive behavior by the troubled protagonist that had the girl I was watching it with squirming on her lazy-boy.

The second and third acts are remarkably low-key and tense. The movie often veers off into territory you wouldn't expect from a flick about a killer in a clown mask and trench coat.

On the downside, the film isn't nearly graphic enough for the modern slasher fan, and the otherwise solid photography suffers from excess grain that makes the image a tad soft (I'm pretty sure this was shot on 16mm, an anomaly in the digital age). The meager budget often reveals itself, particularly in the effects, which are presented mostly in quick edits, indicating that not a lot of money went to the make-up department.

Still, Intruder stands out as a cut above the direct to cable/DVD stuff you typically come across. It has a powerful undercurrent and a sure - handedness about itself that impressed me. And the shock ending is the kind that doesn't hit you until after the credits start to roll.


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