Lawrence Bender’s First Entry into the Film Industry

Chances are, most people are fans of Lawrence Bender even if they don’t realize it. If you are a fan of Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, or Kill Bill, this means you like a movie produced by Lawrence Bender.

In addition to being a revered movie producer, Lawrence Bender also holds a degree in civil engineering from the University of Maine. He gained a love for dance in college as well, even pursuing the performance art until an injury permanently sidelined him.

Lawrence Bender worked as a grip in the mid-80s, but he made his production debut with the film Intruder in 1989.

Intruder is a horror slasher film. The film features Elizabeth Cox, Dan Hicks, and Renee Estevez.

The film is about the crew of a grocery store who have just learned that the store is being sold. The night crew of the store are ordered to mark down all the prices in preparation for the change of ownership.

One of the employees is stabbed to death at the end of the shift, creating a scenario where everyone realizes that one of their peers is a killer. The first half of the movie consists of employees being killed off one-by-one. Later, it is revealed that the co-owner of the store is the killer, and he doesn’t want to sell the store.

The film ends presumably with the killer getting away, blaming two of the other employees for the killing spree.

Since working with Tarantino on Reservoir Dogs, Lawrence Bender went on to produce a majority of Tarantino’s work. The only films not produced by Bender was Grindhouse, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight.

Bender and Tarantino started a production company together called A Band A Part. The company was in operation for over a decade, creating many of their collaborative works.

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