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The final checkout
on 30 October 2015
Arriving relatively late in the game, this low budget but highly energetic slasher flick wears its ghoulish heart on its sleeve and delivers a fun if derivative movie that belies its limited finances with funky performances, inspired camera angles and plenty of the red stuff...
The story is standard slasher fare: The nightcrew of a supermarket are closing down for one final night as they're all unfortunately being laid off. The team led by Jennifer (Elizabeth Cox) along with Linda (Renée Estevez), Bill (Danny Hicks) and Joe (Ted Raimi) are busily calling it a day when Jennifer's ex boyfriend Craig (David Byrnes) arrives out of the blue, having just been released from prison. When he is abruptly ejected from the store, a series of grisly murders begin and all fingers point at him being the dastardly slasher who is cutting more than prices on this fateful night of survival...
Co-funded by an uncredited Charles Band and produced by future Tarantino stalwart Lawrence Bender, 'Intruder' (or by its pre-release and much better title 'Nightcrew: The Final Checkout') is a whole heap of unbridled fun. If you are a fan of the slasher genre, this one both celebrates and deconstructs in equal measure - giving you crazy characters (albeit a little more mature than the usual teens in peril staple), a knowing 'wink wink' screenplay (by 'Evil Dead II' co-scribe Scott Spiegel) and gallons of gore (by the fine folks at KNB) that at one time got this puppy into hot water with the censors. Director Spiegel keeps things moving at a brisk pace and if honest, its the best movie he's directed - even though it looks like it cost a buck ninety five - it has an undeniable young energy that's really infectious.
Synapse Film's 2-disc release gives us a locked Region A Blu-Ray (owch!) along with a Region 1 DVD which sports a great picture with fine audio. Thankfully, its uncut (which is a relief as I've waited for what seems like an eternity to finally catch it sans the censors scissor happy antics) with the wonderfully queasy bandsaw head bisecting scene being displayed in all its gory glory. The package is rounded out with a fun directors commentary and retrospective documentary which ensures this almost forgotten horror is worthy of a definite purchase. For fans of silly horror flicks, this one is a real killer. Recommended.