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Savage Intruder (1970)

| Horror, Thriller | 1970 (USA)
An aging actress whose career ended in the '30s lives in her decaying mansion with a retinue of bizarre people, including a personal assistant who keeps an arsenal of weapons.


Donald Wolfe


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miriam Hopkins ... Katharine Packard
David Garfield David Garfield ... Vic Valance (as John David Garfield)
Gale Sondergaard ... Leslie
Virginia Wing Virginia Wing ... Greta
Florence Lake ... Mildred
Lester Matthews ... Ira Jaffee (as Lester Mathews)
Riza Royce Riza Royce ... Mrs. Jaffee
Joe Besser ... Bus Driver
Charles G. Martin ... Doctor
Sybelle Guardino Sybelle Guardino ... Mother
Richard Guardino Richard Guardino ... Young Vic
Jason Johnson Jason Johnson ... Josef
Bill Welsh Bill Welsh ... TV announcer
Minta Durfee Minta Durfee ... Guest
Dorothy Kingston Dorothy Kingston ... First victim


An aging actress whose career ended in the '30s lives in her decaying mansion with a retinue of bizarre people, including a personal assistant who keeps an arsenal of weapons.

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She loved and trusted him until he cut off her head. See more »


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1970 (USA) See more »

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Hollywood Horror House See more »

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Congdon Productions See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Miriam Hopkins shows young David Garfield one of her character's old movies, they are watching a black-and-white clip from _Wise Girl(1937)_. See more »


Leslie: He's nothing but a vulgar opportunist!
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Features Wise Girl (1937) See more »

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Curious, unsettling and imperfect little psycho-chiller
17 August 2010 | by BloodwankSee all my reviews

Aging and alcoholic past it movie star Kathleen Parker takes a spill and needs a personal assistant. Unfortunately for her, Vic might not be a good choice for the job. In fact he might just be…A Savage Intruder!... Opening to a salvo of in and out fading clips from old movies before the camera draws in upon the Hollywood sign, pulling closer and closer until it fixes on the tattered and peeling facade, rusty strips hanging out and creaky in the breeze, this mean little hippy era psycho chiller poses old school Hollywood as corpse, intent signalled as the shot pulls down beneath the Hollywood sign to reveal some severed human remains. Vic is introduced soon after and things follow a fairly typical path, with the added frisson of an age war aspect. The town may have its stately and dignified older folk, well mannered and good too each other despite their foibles, but the decadence of a new age as embodied in the smarmy Vic is set on mockery, exploitation and worse for the gentler souls. In colourful and modishly trippy party sequences Vic and his chums are a fairly striking bunch of freaks and weirdos, and when they come up against the likes of Kathleen or her contemporaries perhaps maggots claiming their dominion over the dead milieu? Some of the partying scenes come off a little loose and may be offputting, I was amused enough to ride them out though the dated psychedelic touches are best applied in Vic's flashbacks. Chequer patterned surfaces, gaudy colours, close up faces with distorted speech shot through a fish eye lens and a nifty gore shot to top things off, it's a cool sequence if you groove to this sort of time capsule oddity. For more creepy kicks mannequins get a neat showing, as well as some weapon flashing murders, though nothing too grisly goes down. Miriam Hopkins fits the character of Kathleen perfectly, perhaps because she was an old school movie star herself, whilst fellow veteran Gale Sondegard is equally well suited to a role as an older housekeeper. Virginia Wing overacts a little but does OK as a nice young Asian lady, whilst John David Garfield has a suitably oily and arrogant demeanour as Vic. He falls a good way short of being vicious or scary enough though, which brings things down a good deal. Also the film peaks at around the hour mark, with a draggy final block propelled in barely adequate fashion by a few freaky touches. Kinda unsatisfying ending too. Still, the film as a whole is odd enough to be interesting and mean spirited enough to be a little unsettling, so it just about works on the obscure curio level. Not recommended to most, but worth a look if you dig this kind of off the beaten track kookiness.

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