The Visitor

1979

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 artfully fusing The Omen, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, The Birds, Rosemary's Baby, The Fury and Star Wars alongside a baffling cast that includes Shelley Winters (NightOfTheHunter), Glenn Ford (Superman), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Franco Nero (Django) and Sam Peckinpah (director of TheWildBunch). (c) Drafthouse Films

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Critic Reviews for The Visitor

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

It's weirdly compelling.

Jan 16, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

[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.

Nov 21, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Perhaps the most fun you can have in a movie theater without risking permanent brain damage.

Nov 8, 2013 | Rating: 8.1/10 | Full Review…
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The great surprise is how, consistency be damned, these individual sequences fascinate.

Nov 5, 2013 | Full Review…

I can't say that the bulk of 1970s psychedelia was necessarily successful - they were big on histrionics but short on actual logic - but one can at least admire them for being willing to tip into the surreal to reach something higher.

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

The Visitor is a terrible film.

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Audience Reviews for The Visitor

Badly directed, photographed, written and acted this terrible thing provided a paycheck for several slumming highly regarded actors in supporting roles and the opportunity to watch two horrible performances by the two lead actresses. A real stinker.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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½

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.

The  Shrewlord
The Shrewlord

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½

Completely insane and what a cast! Not particularly good, but no self-described cinephile will be able to turn away.

Steve K
Steve K

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