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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Sam Peckinpah
as Dr. Sam Collins
Lance Henriksen
as Raymond Armstead
John Huston
as Jerzy Colsowicz
Shelley Winters
as Jane Phillips
Mel Ferrer
as Dr. Walker
Glenn Ford
as Det. Jake Durham
Joanne Nail
as Barbara Collins
Paige Conner
as Katy Collins
Wallace Williamson
as Police Captain
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Critic Reviews for The Visitor

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

It's weirdly compelling.

Full Review… | January 16, 2014
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.

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

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Top Critic

The great surprise is how, consistency be damned, these individual sequences fascinate.

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
Village Voice
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The Visitor... is not the first Exorcist knock-off to come out of the Italian genre factory. It may, however, be the least coherent.

Full Review… | July 16, 2016

Lysergically painted-and-composited backgrounds & lo-fi light shows bring a striking if cheesy otherworldliness to the film's alien elements; and the film's cosmic duels are carried out neither with fire and brimstone nor laser guns....

Full Review… | August 31, 2014
Grolsch Film Works

Audience Reviews for The Visitor

The psychedelic cinematography is enough to watch this film. The shots and architecture speak to the time period of the movie really well.

Cam Way
Cam Way

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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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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The Shrewlord

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