Deadly Intruder (1988) Movie Review

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1988 | Horror, Thriller
86 minutes /

User Score: 54/100

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Deadly Intruder Review


A serial killer escapes from a mental hospital and hides out in a small town. A local cop must catch him before he starts on another killing spree.

Deadly Intruder (1988) is an American thriller horror movie that is 86 minutes long. Director John McCauley (Rattlers (1976)) failed at executing his second movie and did not direct any other movie after this. The movie had potential, but the screenplay did not help the inexperienced director. This movie is a cliche to so many other movies including Halloween that were made around the same time.

Deadly Intruder is a straightforward movie that does not leave much to think about. It does have one twist towards the ending but that is all the suspense you are in for. It is about a lunatic man that escaped from a mental institution and killed everyone that appears to be a threat to him on his way. Jessie (Molly Cheek - American Pie (1999), American Wedding (2003), It’s Garry Shandling’s Show (1986), Harry and the Hendersons (1991)) is a lonely woman that lives by herself in the middle of nowhere. She soon becomes infatuated with a new man in town and has dinner with him and two other friends. While having dinner, a homeless man watches them from outside and about two or three murders occur. The homeless man (Tony Crupi - Two of a Kind (1983), F.I.S.T (1978), Hero at Large (1980)) breaks into Jessie‚Äôs home during the night and holds her hostage for his own interest.

The actors all did a pretty good job with their roles. The death scenes (axe, head through television, car crushing human, face shoved into fan blades) were done good and was a sight to see as I said most of the movie was a cliche. Deadly Intruder was an entertaining watch although it was scenes already seen. I would not recommend this to other horror fans to watch. The movie was slow, and there was absolutely no real suspense that will make you think for one, everything was given to you.

About Deadly Intruder 1988

Title: Deadly Intruder
Original Title: The Deadly Intruder
Year: 1988
Runtime: 86 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.65/5 stars from 13 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 13
Starring: Molly Cheek, David Schroeder, Stuart Whitman, Santos Morales, Suzanne Benoit, Curt Bryant, Todd Martin, Tommy Ramone, Stephen Paul, Roger Kelton, Steve Perry, Greg McClave, Chris Holder, Tony Crupi, Danny Bonaduce, Laura Melton, Daniel Greene, Marcy Hansen, W.T. Zacha, Gerry Landrum, Kay St. Germain Wells
Writers: Tony Crupi
Director: John McCauley