Communion (1989)





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Adapted by Whitley Strieber from his book about his alleged contacts with aliens, Communion dramatizes a story all the more compelling for the author's insistence that it is true, complemented by Christopher Walken's enigmatic performance as Strieber. The film begins in October 1985, as Strieber is living in New York City with his wife Anne (Lindsay Crouse) and son Andrew (Joel Carlson). He is hunting for new book ideas without making much headway. He spends his days pacing around his apartment, … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Whitley Strieber
On DVD: Jun 20, 2000
New Line Cinema

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Critic Reviews for Communion

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Creepy and disturbing

October 17, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World can't make up its mind if it wants to be science fact, science fiction, or psycho-babble.

January 1, 2000
Movie Metropolis

October 20, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for Communion


Communion is a bizarre and conflicted treat. I believe a number of those involved with the making of the film had differing ideas as to what the film was about and what was fact. Walken plays Whitley Strieber, a man that investigates his supposed encounters with aliens. Strieber reportedly told Walken he was playing the role "too crazy" to which Walken replied "If the shoe fits...". This sums up the difficult story being told here. The film never gives a clear answer on what the truth is, nor which characters believe what. It's more an examination of reality, imagination, truth, and all out mental psychological weirdness. It begins as a rather terrifying film. The aliens (fake looking) appear bit by bit, and their simplicity adds an artificial and uncomfortable atmosphere. It becomes apparent that the aliens are meant to look fake, as they are later used as a tool for identity and realism. We see other aliens wearing alien masks and the lack of realism lures us into a bizarre, comical and unsettling world. Communion is a confusing film, but if you are willing to let a film punch your brain you should seek it out. Comes with a haunting main theme by Eric Clapton.

Luke Baldock

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I'm a Walken fan, but I could never make sense of this movie.

Jim Woehr

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Leo L

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