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Couple Scott (Michael Ealy) and Annie (Meagan Good) move into the potential house of their dreams in Napa Valley, California. With their friend Mike (Jason Skiora) helping them settle in, things feel right once more for the couple.

The previous owner of the house, Charlie Peck (Dennis Quad) isn’t going anywhere fast however and appears at their home more and more often. While Scott feels the irritation, Annie feels sorry for Charlie and sees nothing of it. When Mike starts to see warning signs, and neighbours reveal dark secrets Charlie is hiding, Scott and Annie start to see that not everything is as it seems, and they are potentially in grave danger with no way out…

Bringing in a fair box-office taking of over $30m on a $6m budget, and battling it out with Avengers: Endgame at the box-office, this quaint little thriller does exactly what it says on the tin for fans of the genre, and nothing more.

Dennis Quaid is on top form as the Norman Bates-esque Charlie Peck, a man who has sold his home but never detaches himself from said house and the new couple living there. Michael Ealy is probably out-shone in this by co-stars Quaid and Meagan Good who deliver perfect performances just as you would expect. Ealy and Good sell the “new couple, new home” vibe instantly, and thanks to Quaid simmering in a disturbing, over-the-top psychopathic portrayal, none of the cast feel out of place or undervalued.

Thanks to the minimal locations used in and around the picturesque Nappa Valley, most of the focus is on the house and neighborhood, letting you invest in the small community and the focus of our trio.

It’s a very by the book thriller from the outset, but as said, for the genre it doesn’t veer into difficult territory to follow and provides those tense moments when Quaid stalks in the shadows and Ealy and Good are pushed to the edge together – you’ll see the shocks coming, but that doesn’t make them less grizzly and satisfying when you do.

Easy watching stuff and a firm cast help pass by the quick running time to deliver an enjoyable if un-memorable, thriller.

Dir: Deon Taylor

Scr: David Loughery

Cast: Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Dennis Quaid, Joseph Sikora

Prd: Deon Taylor, Roxanne Avent, Mark Burg, Brad Kaplan, Jonathan Schwartz

DoP: Daniel Pearl

Music: Geoff Zanelli

Country: United States

Year: 2019

Run time: 101 minutes

The Intruder is available on DVD and Digital now.

‘The Intruder’ is available to buy on digital download, DVD and Blu-ray from Friday 6th December.