The Intruder DVD Review

  • Actors: Dennis Quaid, Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Joseph Sikora
  • Director: Deon Taylor
  • Format: NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Thai, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, English, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 1 
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: 
     Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2019
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: December 31, 2020 
  • Run Time: 102 minutes

        When a horror film’s social or political subtext becomes more important than the logic of the narrative and the characters within it, it is somewhat like being able to see behind the curtain. The surface narrative of horror should be strong enough to support the themes, not the other way around. While The Intruder is clearly playing upon some real American fears, with an aggressive white landowner as the villain against a newly arrived/assimilated black couple, it does so with zero subtlety and consistently illogical behavior written into each character as a lazy way of moving the story (and its racially-driven themes) forward. Taking the home invasion narrative away from the post-9/11 terrorist anxieties and replacing it with fears of white nationalists refusing to surrender ‘their’ America to the minorities they consider to be ‘less American,’ all that The Intruder is missing is a good film to go with its themes (ones already visited in the last installment of The Purge franchise).