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The Visitor (1980)

Mel Ferrer , Glenn Ford , Giulio Paradisi  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)


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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: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Code Red
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040BJH3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,621 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Visitor" on IMDb

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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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Praise Be To Code Red 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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33 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another world, another time, another existence 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deranged fun. August 16, 2011
Format:DVD
You shouldn't judge the Visitor by comparing it to better made films. This works more as a cult movie night pick. Call up your friends, break out the booze, fire up this weird gem, and enjoy a riotously stupid and stupendous viewing experience.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD looks great, while the film, well.... 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I remember my interest in this film being piqued by seeing a trailer for from Code Red, and the images that were shown held me spellbound.

When I saw the film itself... there was something unique and oddly compelling about this strange amalgamation of quasi-religious, pseudo-sci-fi, and semi-occult and supernatural horror film.

I know this film isn't for everyone's taste, even my own wife, who loves this film can't seem to get over the very weird movie score that is attached to this film. She feels the epic, over the top orchaestral music tha crops up from time to time in the film belongs to a 1970's buddy cop film rather than this strange rip-off of 'The Omen'.

I love this film because its unique, and its entertaining. The young actress that played Katy Collins was a real stand out and definitely shined in what I think is her only film role to date. She could exude sweetness and a beguiling smile when in the presence of her mother and her would-be stepfather (played by 'Millennium' star Lance Henriksen), while her eyes reflected a certain mischievous amorality. This is very much in evidence in one of the opening scenes at the basketball game when she's watching the final seconds, and just for fun, to keep the other team from winning, by just lowering her sunglasses and with a mischievous look and a devilish smile, she causes the basketball to explode. Her amorality is also in evidence at her birthday party when she opens her birthday present, which earlier contained a mechanical bird, and pulls out a handgun which she thinks is a toy, she throws it on the table, it goes off injuring her mother, and she gives off a look as if to say 'oops, my bad'.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Most boring movie I have been fascinated to
Most boring movie I have been fascinated to watch in a very long time. Poor script, direction, music, and editing lead to a boring, confusing, unexplainable mess. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by V
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst
This has got to be one of the worst written, directed, edited and scored films ever. I can't believe John Huston & Glen Ford are in it.
Published 1 day ago by TangoLima
5.0 out of 5 stars STRANGE
One of the most insane movies I've ever seen. Wonderfully terrible.
Published 2 days ago by Tom Zarrilli
2.0 out of 5 stars This movie as I recall seeing it back when it ...
This movie as I recall seeing it back when it played in art theatres. It was obtuse then and still beyond me why or how they induced all of these big name talents to be seen in... Read more
Published 8 days ago by crosscountryman
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting premise which is only moderately delivered. The ...
An interesting premise which is only moderately delivered. The visual artistry is not matched by the sub par quality of the narrative, although still an overall entertaining... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Gregory Andrus
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Lance Henriksen's better efforts
While he has done a broad range of movies, most f which I enjoy, I have to admit that the world would not be any the worse had he skipped this opportunity. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Walter Thompson
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Horrible, don't bother
Published 9 days ago by George
3.0 out of 5 stars Original story if you pay attention
This is a good story trapped in a 70's production film. It starts out slow and most modern viewers don't have the attention span to watch something that does not have some form of... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Solomen Grundy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for what it is
The Visitor is by no means a comprehensible or successful film. But, the sum of its parts are completely fantastic. Drafthouse did a great job issuing a visually crisp release. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Admiral Ozymandias
3.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully shot film
A beautifully shot film, with wonderful looking actresses/actors who generally do a passable job, and excellent staging and set design. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Scott_G
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