Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 15th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1975
Director: Chris Robinson
Writer: Chris Robinson
Cast: Chris Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Mickey Rooney, Ted Cassidy, Phyllis Robinson, George De Vries, Buddy Desaro, Warren Siciliano
BluRay released: August 1st, 2017
Approximate running times: 87 Minutes
Aspect Ratios: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Garagehouse Pictures
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $27.99
Synopsis: Greed lures eleven strangers to a remote island that is inhabited by a psychopath who stalks and kills them one by one. Will any of them be able to get off the island alive or was their fate sealed the moment they arrived!
The Intruder was written and directed by Chris Robinson who as an actor is most remembered for the film Stanley. The cinematographer on The Intruder was Jack McGowan, whose other notable films include, Deranged and Deathdream.
The premise for The Intruder takes inspiration from Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians. Content wise, the film has many of the ingredients that have since become synonymous with the Slasher film genre. And though there is a predictability to the story at hand, the result is very entertaining whodunit.
The cast is filled with several recognizable faces like, Mickey Rooney (Treasure Train), Yvonne De Carlo (The Munsters, Silent Scream) and Ted Cassidy (The Addams Family). And the cast all deliver enthusiastic performances. With this film’s standout performance being Phyllis Robinson in the role of a seductress, whose ulterior motives play a large role in the events which have just unfolded.
As mentioned before this film bears many similarities to the Slasher film genre. And visually this film does not miss a beat, when it comes to the murder set pieces. With that being said, there are a handful of dialog driven moments that bogged down the pacing.
The Intruder comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. For this release a 4k transfer was created from the only existing 35mm print. And the end result is strong transfer that boasts, nicely saturated colors, details look crisp and there are no issues with compression.
This release comes with one audio options, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. The audio sounds, clean, clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include, a trailer reel for titles previously released by Garagehouse Pictures, liner notes about the film written by Harry Guerro, an archival interview with director Chris Robinson (24 minutes 42 seconds) and an audio commentary with Chris Robinson.
Topics discussed in the interview include, his origins as an actor, special effects make-up / Gene Corman / Beast from Haunted Cave, making the transition from acting to directing and The Intruder.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, background information about the cast, how the film was shot entirely on location and information about the film’s main location, how the film was shot for $25,000 and where the funding for the film came from, how he wrote the screenplay in ten days, onset memories, Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians and other production related topics.
Overall The Intruder gets an exceptional release from Garagehouse Pictures, highly recommended.