Jennifer, the pretty night cashier at the Culver Lake Super Market, has troubles. During her break one night just shortly after closing, her manager explains to her and the rest of her co-workers that the store has been sold and they will all be losing their jobs. In addition, her ex-con ex-boyfriend Craig shows up at the checkout aisle and picks a fight with her. After a violent scuffle, she and several (mostly male) co-workers manage to eject him from the store...but Craig has no intention of leaving without his girl...and one by one, the unsuspecting night crew, a laid-back group of clowns who spend as much time teasing around with each other as they do flinging meat and produce around and re-stocking shelves, is picked off in extremely gory fashion. Has Craig snuck back inside the store for revenge or is someone else already inside the store perhaps just a little bit pissed off about losing his job? Filmed in 1988 as NIGHT CREW: THE FINAL CHECKOUT, this, to my knowledge, never received a theatrical release in the U.S. Once Paramount got their hands on it and trimmed most of the gore to receive an "R" rating from the MPAA, it went straight to VHS and LD obscurity. It is now called INTRUDER (the title on the DVD keepcase is NIGHT OF THE INTRUDER) and is available in all its uncut glory as a PAL all-region DVD from Germany's Dragon Entertainment. There are a couple of familiar faces in the cast: EVIL DEAD director Sam Raimi is the butcher who ends up on one of his own meathooks; Alvy Moore and Tom Lester, two old dudes from TV’s GREEN ACRES, show up & disappear early as a couple of stereotypically dumb cops; and Renee Estevez (Charlie & Emilio’s sister) shows us early on what little acting talent she had back then, but the real stars of the show are the special makeup effects by Robert Kurtzman, Greg Nicotero, and Howard Berger, the men behind KNB FX, who prove early on why they moved easily onto such bigger jobs as FROM DUSK TIL DAWN. Their bloody resume here includes a head crushed (popped!) in a trash compactor, another head bisected by a bandsaw, and some extremely convincing stabbings and impalings (while a bit dark in Dragon’s DVD), as good as anything I’ve seen from Tom Savini. In its truncated form, there is little to recommend and it’s easy to see why INTRUDER went straight to some dusty shelf in the back room of your local Ma & Pa Chang video store…like THE BURNING, it is rather dull and poorly acted in places, full of your typical stalk-n-slash clichés, pranks, and false scares…but put the gore back in, and it’s a completely different viewing experience, plus director Scott Spiegel (co-writer of EVIL DEAD II: DEAD BY DAWN) does have a few subjective camera tricks up his sleeve. I suspect this will show up sometime soon on Region 1 DVD from Blue Underground or Synapse or perhaps even Anchor Bay…but for now, you’ll need PAL capability to see it, and see it you should, if you’re a true slasher completist.