The Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell Slasher Movie Everyone Forgot About


For horror fans, Sam Raimi is a must. Without the evil Dead trilogy, drag me to hellor superhero movies like Tobey Maguire Spider Man trilogy, the entertainment industry would be unrecognizable. He’s what so many new filmmakers strive to be, and for good reason. The man is a legend. And yet, there is one movie in which he and his pal Bruce Campbell have acting roles that everyone has conveniently forgotten about. We’re talking about the 1989 slasher horror film set in a grocery store: Intruder.

A typical Slasher plot with a twist

Staff struggle to work when there’s this leather-clad creep lurking outside.

It’s closing time and the Walnut Lake Market staff just want to clean up the groceries and leave. Unfortunately, the last customer of the night has other ideas. Craig, dressed in leather, was dating the grocery store cashier, Jennifer. Even though their time together is long over, he is now determined to get her back, even if it takes some strength.

Craig attacks Jennifer and when the rest of the staff come to his aid, he fights them as well. Although they eventually force him out of the store, he seems determined to return to settle the score.

Intruder takes place entirely inside a grocery store over the course of a single night.

Meanwhile, the boss holds a store meeting with the staff. He has bad news: the store is no longer bringing in enough money and soon the Walnut Lake Market will be closing permanently. As the staff split up to clean the store and complain about the inevitable loss of their jobs, there is one more problem in this extra long night: someone has come to finish off the staff one by one.

Intruder don’t miss the silly, creative kills that made ’80s slasher movies so special.

It’s true; in true slasher fashion, a killer ends the lives of one grocery clerk after another. As was typical in the 80s, these kills are creatively gory and elaborate. In the end, will anyone survive the night?

The Scott Spiegel/Sam Raimi Connection

While Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell get top spot in many promotional posters and VHS tape boxes for Intruder, they don’t have the roles they usually play in horror movies. Raimi did not write or direct the slasher; that honor goes to Scott Spiegel in his directorial debut. But there is a very good reason why these three men worked on Intruder: They all went to high school together.

Sam Raimi plays grocery store butcher Randy in Intruder.

The three became friends while attending Groves High School in Birmingham, Michigan. From the start of the trio’s Hollywood career, they put each other in their films. Sam Raimi wrote and directed diabolical death (1981), a horror classic, and cast Bruce Campbell as the star. But what people might not know is that he also cast Scott Spiegel as Fake Shemp in the film. In fact, Scott Spiegel has had small roles in most of Raimi’s films, including Spider Man (2002). It makes sense that Spiegel would do the same for him at the time of Intruder. Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell aren’t the only ones with ties to diabolical death, yet. The cast is full of horror regulars.

Intruders Memorable Cast

Sam’s brother, Ted Raimi, plays Produce Joe in Intruder.

Horror fans will recognize a bunch of faces in the cast of Intruder, many of whom have also been in Sam Raimi films. For example, Raimi often put his brother Ted in his films. Ted Raimi played Possessed Henrietta in Evil Dead 2 (1987) as she taunts Ash from the basement hatch. “I will swallow your soul!” You might also recognize him as Joxer from Xena: Warrior Princess (1996-2001), which Sam served as executive producer.

fans of Evil Dead 2 will recognize Dan Hicks (right).

Dan Hicks plays store manager Bill Roberts in Intruder. This mustache might remind you of his great role in Evil Dead 2 as Jake, Bobby Joe’s boyfriend. Like others in the cast, he landed roles in other Sam Raimi pictures, including a passenger on the train in Spiderman 2 (2004).

Renee Estevez plays Linda in Intruder.

Although she doesn’t have the Sam Raimi connections that other actors have, Renee Estevez still had her moments in ’80s horror. She played the last girl, Molly, in Sleepaway Camp II: Disgruntled Campers (1988). And as her last name suggests, she also hails from a famous Hollywood family with her father Martin Sheen and brothers Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez. Like Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, Estevez headlined for Intruder despite being a main character. The ad made it look like she was the Last Girl, but that honor went to Elizabeth Cox as Jennifer.

Bruce Campbell is best known for his starring role as Ash in Sam Raimi evil Dead trilogy.

Then there is Bruce Campbell. Like other friends of Sam Raimi, he worked his way into roles big and small in the director’s catalog. Although best known for diabolical deathhe recently received a small role in Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022). With the best billing for Intruder, you would assume he had a big role. In fact, his role as a police officer was only an appearance at the very end of the film. If you’re watching this for the strong-jawed star, you’ll have to wait until the film’s final minutes.

where to watch Intruder

Although this slasher horror is not well known, there are many places online where you can stream Intruder. Rent it directly from Amazon Prime Video. You can also view it at quiver, Vuduand tube.

Meet the author

Trisha Bartle

Trisha has been watching and loving horror movies since the 80s and is happy to write about them. She likes slasher and campy horror movies the most and her all time favorite is A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. She hosts a “Halloween Movie Month” every October.


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