aka: Bloodnight, Night Crew: The Final Checkout, Night of the Intruder
Director: Scott Spiegel
Starring: Elizabeth Cox, Renee Estevez, Dan Hicks, David Byrnes, Sam Raimi
A new dimension in terror.
The employees of Michigan’s Walnut Lake Supermarket is getting a rough message from their owners about the store closing down. They still have to work through a long shift, but for some of them the shift will be cut early… by a deranged killer who is out to shop some blood and guts.
Intruder is a low budget slasher made by Scott Siegel, who came out of the Evil Dead gang with Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell. This is his first full length movie as a director and it seems like a film they made very quickly for very little money.
The story is extremely simple. A killer is on the loose in the supermarket and the rest have to try to survive. There’s not any focus on character developement or trying to do something very different from other slasher films. While it does not do much in the story department, Spiegel does show off some inventive ways of filming with creative camera angles and I guess the main purpose of this was to get the gang together and launch a career for him. Not all of these camera angles added that much to the film, but it was original for sure. He hasn’t been able to become a big genre director, but he seems to have kept himself active working on everything from being a crew member on American Idol to even directing Hostel 3.
There is some great special effects in this film, courtesy of the NKB EFX team. Some of the murder scenes are very fun and it’s obvious that the crew didn’t take themselves all too serious on this project and just had fun with it. It does take a while before the murder scenes start though and it might put off some viewers who want to be entertained right away.
Although the characters aren’t very well-developed, they are still mostly likeable characters. Sam Raimi shows up for a minor character, the same does his brother Ted and Bruce Campbell has a small cameo aswell to show support for their friend. I should also mention that the leading role of Jennifer is played well by the cute Elizabeth Cox. The revelation of the killer made sense in one way, but it’s not a villain that will go down in horror history.
Intruder is a very gory slasher film that is done in a fun spirit. It does not have an interesting story, or almost not a story at all but the fun way it is shot makes it an enjoyable experience for horror fans.