'The Intruder' Stars Dennis Quaid and Meagan Good Talk Making Audiences Jump

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"The character is just delicious," Quaid told THR about playing a villain at the film's Wednesday night premiere.

Dennis Quaid, Meagan Good and Michael Ealy all walked the red carpet at the Arclight Hollywood Theater on Wednesday night for the premiere of The Intruder, a horror thriller directed by Deon Taylor.

In the film, Good and Ealy play a married couple whose dream house slowly becomes a nightmare as they must contend with Quaid’s character, the home’s previous owner, who can’t let his old house go and has a growing obsession with Good.

Good spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the over-the-top reactions she’s experienced when watching this movie with screening audiences.

“It’s crazy. I’ve never been in a movie like this, not since the '90s, that people were this activated and were this involved. ... It’s more of an experience than it is a movie," she said. "In life, when time is fleeting, you’re not going to feel like you wasted your time. You’re going to have a good time.”

Quaid is normally known for playing heroic characters and he told THR why he had so much fun playing a villain.

“The character is just delicious. He sold his house and he sees himself as a victim. That’s what villains do, they see themselves as the ones who are being wronged," he said. "It’s just a lot of fun. You can get a little arch, overreact a little bit. Basically I just let go and let it happen. I think that’s where really scary people come from because they believe they're right.”

The Intruder is a throwback to '80s and '90s thrillers like The Hand That Rocks the Cradle or Fatal Attraction, where the horror isn’t a demon or a super villain, but a regular person who is obsessed with destroying other people's lives.

Ealy told THR how he and Taylor used those movies as inspirations while making The Intruder.

“The director Deon Taylor and I talked endlessly about how much we respected and loved those movies and how much we wanted to pay homage to those movies and try to have a grounded story, no superpowers, no nothing, just a grounded story that makes it so relatable to the audience and those were the movies that did that.”

Speaking with THR, Taylor explained why he believed that audiences would love the film.

“This is the movie that’s not made for critics. This is the movie that's made for the fan. ... This is the one where you’re waiting for Dennis to bust through the door with his head!"

After a thrilling conclusion that was greeted with loud applause from the audience, the cast and crew made their way over to the Avenue nightclub for an afterparty. Ealy joined other guests in the VIP area where they enjoyed champagne, sliders and bruschetta and discussed the film’s most chilling moments.

The Intruder hits theaters on May 3rd.