I love when a long lost horror gem resurfaces after all these years. But here’s one I’d never even heard of!
It’s a 1975 horror movie titled THE INTRUDER (not to be confused with Scott Spiegel’s 1989 directorial debut) starring Mickey Rooney, Yvonne DeCarlo and Ted Cassidy! This thing never got a home video release and the only known 35mm print in existence was long thought to be gone… Until now! Here’s the full scoop:
Garagehouse Pictures to bring THE INTRUDER, a lost, never-before-released horror thriller starring Mickey Rooney, Yvonne DeCarlo and Ted Cassidy to Blu-ray in August 2017!
THE BACKSTORY: In 1975, actor-director-producer Chris (STANLEY, TWELVE O’ CLOCK HIGH) Robinson accepted an offer from his brother to make a film for $25,000 dollars – but he had to script, cast and begin shooting the film in a matter of weeks! Robinson gathered together a cast of veteran professionals on both sides of the camera with whom he had worked on previous projects, and the result was THE INTRUDER, a bloody, Agatha Christie-style mystery/horror/thriller starring Mickey Rooney, Yvonne De Carlo, Ted Cassidy and Chris Robinson (who also wrote, produced and directed). Never distributed theatrically in the 70s due to disagreements among the distributors, the only 35mm print of the film disappeared before it could debut on the home video market. Since the film’s elements were later found to be destroyed, it seemed this modest little chiller would never be seen or heard of. The film was never listed on any of its stars’ filmographies, nor did it have an entry on imdb.com. The film was buried in the past until 2012, when film collector and Garagehouse Pictures owner, Harry Guerro, discovered the film among piles of rotting 35mm film prints in a desert storage facility. Chris Robinson, who had long since given up hope the film would ever be found, was stunned upon learning of its recovery and the film’s long-overdue release was planned.
Here’s the trailer, which Garagehouse just launched today:
THE FILM: Mickey (THE MANIPULATOR) Rooney, Yvonne (THE MUNSTERS) De Carlo, Ted (THE ADDAMS FAMILY) Cassidy and Chris (STANLEY) Robinson (who also wrote, again, produced and directed) star in a story of greed, murder and irrational madness. The lust for gold brings eleven visitors to a remote island retreat, but an unseen, seemingly unstoppable evil follows to stalk them one by one. The bodies don’t stop dropping until the final shattering conclusion. Who – or what – is the intruder? One thing is for certain: it will not stop until it kills them all.
Pre-dating the slasher movie craze that would become popular several years later, THE INTRUDER is a bloody Agatha Christie-style horror thriller with a body count that rivals FRIDAY THE 13TH and BAY OF BLOOD, with creepy photography by Jack (DERANGED, DEATHDREAM) McGowan.
Garagehouse Pictures is pleased to introduce Chris Robinson’s never-before-released 1975 proto-slasher on Blu-ray, in a painstakingly restored High Definition transfer from the only 35mm film print in existence.
FEATURE SPECIFICATIONS AND EXTRAS
– Transferred in 4K from the only 35mm film print
– Sound digitally remastered from the original optical tracks
– Presented in its original aspect ratio
– Audio commentary with Chris Robinson
– Archival interview with Chris Roinson
– Liner notes
– Garagehouse Pictures trailers
– All new artwork by Stephen Romano
– All regions
1975 / 87 mins. / Color / Mono / 1.85:1 / Not Rated
Blu-ray street date: 8/1/2017
Here are even more images from THE INTRUDER!