Communion (1989)




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Based on what author Whitley Strieber described as true accounts, Communion tells the tale of a writer (Christopher Walken) who encounters aliens while on a working vacation at a remote cabin.
Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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New Line Cinema


Christopher Walken
as Whitley Strieber
Lindsay Crouse
as Anne Strieber
Joel Carlson
as Andrew Strieber
Frances Sternhagen
as Dr. Janet Duffy
Basil Hoffman
as Dr. Freidman
Dee Dee Rescher
as Mrs. Greenberg
R.J. Miller
as Father
Holly Fields
as Praying Mantis Girl
Paula Shaw
as Woman from Apartment
Juliet Sorcey
as Second-grade Girl
Kate Stern
as Woman on Bus
Johnny Dark
as Lab Technician
Sally Kemp
as Laurie
Maggie Egan
as Nancy
Paul Clemens
as Patrick
Andrew Magarian
as Man in Hallway
Madeleine Mora
as Baby Girl
Jonathan Fromdahl
as Five-year-old Whitley
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Critic Reviews for Communion

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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October 20, 2005
Fantastica Daily

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August 12, 2005

Audience Reviews for Communion

Pretty unique with its exploration of alien abduction and in its almost Lynchian moments, but still pretty flat in directing and writing, even in all of its 80s-90s horror movie glory.

Pablo Gonzalez
Pablo Gonzalez

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

Jim Woehr
Jim Woehr

Super Reviewer


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
Luke Baldock

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