It’s the classic home invasion story: a young couple comes to a new home and finds that it’s haunted by a strange man who has it in for them. Normally, this trope might come through a trailer as a tired repetition of thousands of its predecessors. However, The Intruder already seems to feature stellar acting and a subtle but effective gender reversal that sees the male half of the couple anxious and uncomfortable in the afflicted home.
Screen Gems acquired this film after it debuted at Cannes in May 2018.
In a fascinating twist, this Intruder shares a name with Roger Corman’s 1962 film of the same name, which featured William Shatner as a racist who comes to a small town to stir up sentiment against the local Black community. Though this trailer doesn’t necessarily suggest that this Intruder will deal with racial tension, it is tempting to imagine that it will use the tropes upon which it is built to make a stronger statement about status, social class, and upward mobility in America. Now is the right time for such a statement, and the success of Get Out has revealed the potential for film, particularly horror, to address one of the most severe issues still facing American society. Expect this to be entertaining and hope for it to be thought-provoking.