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The Visitor (1979)

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In the dawn of '70s American blockbusters, European production companies emerged stateside, attempting to recreate box office gold by cloning Hollywood. The infamous Supreme Court-banned Jaws copy Great White, The Exorcist-esque Beyond The Door, and countless otherswere packaged for export and the burgeoning drive-in circuit. Producer Ovidio G. Assonitis and Director/Professional Body Builder Michael J. Paradise's TheVisitorstands as perhaps the most ambitious of all, taking its inspiration by

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (0) | DVD (1)

It's weirdly compelling.

January 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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[It wows] cult fans, connoisseurs of the absurd, and cinephiles intrigued by the evolution of the sci-fi and horror genres in the '70s and '80s.

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Perhaps the most fun you can have in a movie theater without risking permanent brain damage.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Film.com
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The great surprise is how, consistency be damned, these individual sequences fascinate.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The movie suggests that contrary to Cassius' claim, the fault is not in ourselves but in our stars -- that, as the paranoid and psychotic have suspected, our unhappiness is the collateral damage of an eternal and cosmic struggle.

March 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Paradisi may not have a clue about directing actors... but he has picked up a few tricks from Argento on how to move a camera and from Fulci on how to stage a supernatural freak-out.

March 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Parallax View
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The Visitor doesn't come close to answering all the questions it raises, but that's the film's M.O.: If nothing makes sense, then nothing is off limits.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
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THE VISITOR returns from 1979 to peck out your eyes and make you like it

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: ChaseWhale.com
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You'll likely you ask yourself just what you're watching several times...Whether that's a good or a bad thing is a matter of opinion, and there's a chance you'll change your mind on the subject.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
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Audience Reviews for The Visitor

Not quite sure why I like this movie but I do. It's a fairly patchy and confused horror/scifi story with a very impressive cast and a strange compelling quality that makes the viewer watch to the end. Reminds me a little of some of the themes explored by the Blue Oyster Cult in song over the years. Despite its faults I rather enjoyed it.
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