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The Visitor

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Katy Collins (Paige Conner) is no ordinary 8 year-old girl.  Indeed she is unique carrying within her the power of Sateen an inter-spacial force of immense magnitude.  Katy's primary mission on earth is to carry these genes forward a task acplished by convincing her mother Barbara (Joanne Nail) to bear a similarly endowed male child with whom Katy would eventually mate.  Opposing this scheme is The Visitor (John Huston) a sage of galactic stature who has e to this world not to kill Katy but to end her "confusion".  Find out what happens in this unforgettable supernatural suspense thriller.    Cast: Glenn Ford. Lance Henriksen. John Huston. Shelley Winters. Mel Ferrer. Sam Peckinpah. Franco Nero.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: HORROR Rating: R Age: 891978002833 UPC: 891978002833 Manufacturer No: CRD2025

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  • Actors: Mel Ferrer, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, John Huston, Joanne Nail
  • Directors: Giulio Paradisi
  • Writers: Giulio Paradisi, Ovidio G. Assonitis, Luciano Comici, Robert Mundi
  • Producers: A. Caponetto, Edward L. Montoro, Ovidio G. Assonitis
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Code Red
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040BJH3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,077 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Visitor" on IMDb

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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By fleurnixon82 on October 6, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Code Red have been promising a DVD release of The Visitor since about 2007 and I honestly never thought this would see the light of day. But here we are, three years on and only 18 years from my first viewing of the film that I credit with introducing me to the horror film genre. This was in fact the very first horror movie I ever saw, and being only 10 years old at the time it was the scariest thing I'd ever witnessed.
Taking into account this movie is fairly old (over 30 years) times change and it doesn't seem nearly as frightening as it did back then, coming across more eerie then terrifying in the present time. As previous reviewers have pointed out, this movie may make very little sense, but to my mind that's intentional and that doesn't mean that no though has gone into it. Symbolism runs throughout (the recurring appearance of birds) and the soundtrack fits perfectly with the movies overall image. The Visitor fits in very well with the era it was made in and would be more understood by people who were children/teenagers in the 70's and 80's (look out for Katie enjoying a game of Pong before bumping off the house maid). I would recommend if you like your horror retro and with a heavy dose of surrealism. This isn't for fans of special effects laden, mainstream, modern horror. The Visitor isn't supposed to be a cinematic masterpiece either, but personally, I love it. It's definitely one for fans of movies like Theatre of Blood, Martin, Suspiria, Inferno and Deep Red.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Eliphas Levi on March 9, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I just don't know where to begin, because I want to defend what is unquestionably a terrible film . . . I mean, this movie is really bad. But it's entertaining, if you like bad horror films. Here's the reason to get this: the interviews of the screenwriter and Lance are priceless--just hearing them NOT defend their work on this film, it's worth the price of the DVD alone. The blu-ray treatment of the film itself is excellent, and the film is just . . . it's just insane. So dumb, so gloriously dumb. Finally, I must confess that part of my delight of owning this film---and the exquisite treatment of it by Drafthouse---is my own childhood. My parents took me to see it at a drive-in theater when I was seven or six--I cannot recall. Scenes from this film haunted me for a decade (mostly in nightmares). It is a joy to watch the film as a grown-up and sense why it bothered me so as a young person. It has some arresting imagery. And, it was shot in my hometown, so there's that. I guess I'm saying that it's hard to separate my enjoyment of this film with my personal history. Buy it if you enjoy very bad films---but this DVD, in particular, is wonderful because of the extras . . . the interviews had me laughing aloud. It's a really bad, crazy film. A lot of fun. But don't watch this expecting something it's not . . . it's terrible. And therefore glorious. I hope this makes sense.
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59 of 79 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 3, 2010
Format: DVD
I have no idea what this movie is about. Usually I'm able to unravel weird, symbolic, bizarre movies, or at least vaguely comprehend what's going on.

But with "The Visitor," I don't have a clue. It's like somebody threw "Rosemary's Baby," "The Omen," "Star Wars" and other successful movies of the 1970s into a blender, and splattered the resulting mush all over a surrealist painting. It's a rich, atmospheric tapestry of derivative lunacy, so insane that it's actually funny.

It begins with John Huston doing his best Ben Kenobi impression in a desert, facing off against a cloaked figure. Then it snows. Then we see some blonde guy (who is... Jesus Christ?) telling a bunch of bald children about Zatin, a shapeshifting alien criminal "muTANTE" with occult powers who was hunted down by an army of trained birds. I can't make up stuff this cracky, folks.

Apparently the main focus of this story is Katie Collins (Paige Connor), a creepy little devil-child who makes basketballs explode. Raymond Armstead (Lance Henriksen) wants to marry her mom Barbara (Joanne Nail), apparently because she alone "carries the genes of Zatin."

However, John Huston wants to save the world from devil-brats. So when the forces of evil arrange for Barbara to be shot and later impregnated, John Huston and his army of Jesus-following bald children must save the world from her, by convincing her to join the side of good (over a game of Pong).

Make no mistake: "The Visitor" is a really bad movie. But it's not Uwe Boll-bad, where every shot and line screams of ineptitude.There is just so much insane, illogical stuff going on in "Visitor" that eventually you get numb to it and think, "A killer toy bird. Why not? Jesus Christ versus aliens mutants. Makes sense!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Boone on October 31, 2010
Format: DVD
Code Red used to show all the films they planned to release on their website, but they removed them, so I was told, because people were bugging them when the releases did not come through. And The Visitor was one of those films that they had listed SEVERAL years ago, and now it's finally out. The DVD looks great, and it's actually a visually stunning film at times. It's also of Italian origin and has collected certain themes from other films and has that Italian distinction for films of that time of not making much sense at all. But for me, that's OK, because I LIKE these kind of films. And Ovidio Assontis is involved (Beyond The Door, etc.) so you know it's going to be weird. I guess the gist of the film is that there's this woman that's given birth to a gifted little Bad Seed (Katy Collins) and while one group led by Mel Ferrer and Lance Henriksen want her to apparently give birth to yet another, John Huston and Shelley Winters want to deal with the one that she already has. The film does sport an all-star cast (including Glen Ford, Sam Peckinpaugh, even Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). It also seems to rip off everything from The Omen to Close Encounters. I still rather enjoy it though, and as I said the DVD looks great. And I can finally retire my aged VHS tape. Thanks Code Red!
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