Killer cobras create carnage in “The Intruder,” a lively exploiter pitting trapped residents of a Bangkok apartment block against an army of angry asps. Efficiently helmed by “Meat Grinder” assistant directors Thanadol Nualsuth and Thammanoon Sakulboonthanom, pic failed to bite at Thai B.O. in May, but a high body count, gallons of gore and decent CGI ought to ensure decent ancillary and scattered dates in appropriate fest sidebars.
Opening credits have barely stopped rolling when all hell breaks loose in a rundown dwelling built on what locals call Cobra Swamp. Apparently the building’s penny-pinching landlady Nin (Kwankao Svetamaia) has disrespected a snake spirit, resulting in an invasion by thousands of the vicious creatures. Luckily, Nin’s ex-fiance, Sadayay (Akara Amarttayakul), a doctor, happens to be visiting and takes charge of the survival effort. Meanwhile, trapped cub reporter Pai (Apinya Sakuljaroensuk) is sending grisly video footage back to her employers. Perfs are energetic from a large cast of actors, most of whom aren’t around long; effects are decent for this type of fare. Some nice Steadicam work is featured in the slick tech package. Original title literally means “fang feud.”