The Intruder (2019 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Deon Taylor|
|Written by||David Loughery|
|Music by||Geoff Zanelli|
|Edited by||Melissa Kent|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Releasing|
|Box office||$41.1 million|
The Intruder is a 2019 American psychological thriller film directed by Deon Taylor and written by David Loughery. The film stars Michael Ealy and Meagan Good as a couple who buy a house in the country, only to realize its previous owner (Dennis Quaid) refuses to let it go. It was released in the United States on May 3, 2019, by Sony Pictures Releasing and grossed $41 million worldwide.
While Scott and Annie are surveying a Napa Valley property they are interested in, they notice a deer frolicking in the woods near them. Then, out of nowhere, a man with a rifle barges past them and kills it.
Scott and Annie Howard move into their new house in Napa Valley, but its previous owner, deer-killer Charlie Peck, becomes obsessed with keeping an eye on the couple. Though Scott is annoyed, Annie feels sorry for him as he had told them his wife died of cancer and that he will soon be moving to Florida to live with his daughter. Scott and Annie have their friend Mike and his wife over for dinner. Mike goes outside for a smoke and senses he is being watched. He throws his cigarette on the ground. The next morning, when Mike and his wife are leaving, Mike notices a cigarette burn on the seat of his luxury car that wasn't there previously.
Charlie continues to show up unannounced, mowing the lawn and berating workers installing a security system. Mike suspects Charlie and insists Scott and Annie are being watched. Scott and Annie are unconvinced, so Mike persuades Scott to accompany him behind the house, where they see an unknown vehicle driven away.
Tensions rise between Scott and Annie due to Scott's coldness toward Charlie, and, when Annie discovers Scott met some clients at a bar, it is revealed that, before marrying Annie, he had cheated on her with a client at a bar. At the bar, one of the clients kisses Scott, and he realizes Annie was right to be worried. He returns home immediately but has an argument with Annie. They reconcile after they both wake in the middle of the night from a noise, and have sex on the floor, unaware Charlie is watching. A neighbor reveals to Scott that Charlie's wife killed herself with one of Charlie's shotguns. Scott asks Mike to investigate him. But Charlie has developed an obsession with Annie and begins visiting the home when Scott is gone. One morning, while Scott is out jogging, a truck runs into him from behind. This turns out to be driven by Charlie.
While in the hospital, Scott calls Mike to come and see him. When Mike turns up, Scott explains Charlie had lived with his wife Ellen and daughter Cassidy, but was deeply in debt and forced to sell the house. Charlie shows up at the house, and Annie invites him inside. Mike goes to check on her and is confronted by Charlie, who declares he has a chance to get back all he lost and must get rid of Scott. Charlie kills Mike with an axe.
Scott contacts Cassidy, who has changed her name, but she hangs up when Scott mentions her father and the house she grew up in. A while later, when Scott is driving home, Cassidy rings back and explains Charlie killed his wife after she threatened to divorce him and take the house, and she now lives as far away from Charlie as she could get, and, if he were ever to show up, she would kill him. Annie discovers Charlie's underground cellar connected to the house, where he has been living and has stored Mike's body. Scott returns home to find Charlie trying to rape Annie, but they fight back and overpower him before seizing his gun with a blow to the head by a baseball bat. Scott says to Annie (who is holding her phone ready to call 911): "Make the call, just make the call." Annie calls the police and tells them: "My husband has just shot an intruder.", just as Charlie screams: "You don't deserve Foxglove!". Scott then tells Charlie: "Go to hell.", shooting him as the screen goes black.
- Michael Ealy as Scott Howard
- Meagan Good as Annie Howard
- Dennis Quaid as Charlie Peck
- Joseph Sikora as Mike
- Alvina August as Rachael
- Lee Shorten as Brian
- Erica Cerra as Jillian Richards
- Kurt Evans as Grady Kramer
- Carolyn Anderson as Ellen
- Lili Sepe as Cassidy Peck Thompson/Vanessa Smith
- Raylene Herewood as Ice cream girl
- Chris Shields as doctor
- Sam Vincent as first officer
- Caroline Muthoni Muita as hotel receptionist
- Connor Mackay as man on ladder
In May 2018, Ealy, Good and Quaid all signed onto the project. It was then announced that the worldwide distribution rights had been acquired by Screen Gems at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, after production had been completed under the title Motivated Seller.
The Intruder was released in the United States on May 3, 2019. It was previously set for an April 26, 2019 release, but was pushed back a week to separate from Avengers: Endgame. The film was released on Blu-Ray and DVD on July 30, 2019.
The Intruder grossed $35.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $1 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $36.4 million, against a production budget of around $8 million.
In the United States and Canada, The Intruder was released alongside Long Shot and UglyDolls, and was projected to gross $9–16 million from 2,222 theaters in its opening weekend. The film made $3.9 million on its first day, including $865,000 from Thursday night previews. It went on to debut to $11 million, finishing second, behind holdover Avengers: Endgame. The film grossed $6.6 million in its second weekend, finishing in fourth.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 34% based on 98 reviews, with an average rating of 4.27/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Intruder might appeal to fans of shout-at-the-screen cinema, but this thriller's ludicrous plot robs it of suspense – and undermines Dennis Quaid's suitably over-the-top performance." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 39 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews." Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B–" on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it 2.5 out of 5 stars and a 44% "definite recommend."
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