Tim Purtell
September 28, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Intruder

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Peter Blauner
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it a B

Until its too-tidy ending, this uncharacteristically serious drama from cult director Roger Corman is chillingly effective. In The Intruder, a trim, unmannered Shatner plays against his clean-cut handsomeness as an extremist stoking racism in a Southern town on the cusp of integration. Taut filmmaking and a supporting cast of nonprofessionals (who, Corman says, were given a ”watered-down” script) make the virulence uncomfortably vivid. EXTRAS In a short doc, Corman reveals that The Intruder — his one nonexploitation flick — took 40 years to break even.

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