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The Visitor (1980)

Mel Ferrer , Glenn Ford , Giulio Paradisi  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 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: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040BJH3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,378 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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16 of 19 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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32 of 41 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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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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3 of 3 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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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 No lost gem here!
No, no, no, avoid this. Very very low quality movie. It's not quirky or odd-ball or eccentric... it's just very poor.
Published 26 days ago by AJ
1.0 out of 5 stars The Visitor wears its welcome out very, very quickly
Wow, I'm not sure what to think of so many positive reviews for this disjointed, senseless mess. I'm a middle-aged viewer of schlock movies. I love the good and the bad ones. Read more
Published 28 days ago by J. Riva
3.0 out of 5 stars The Trailer is Amazing!
Unfortunitely, the movie itself could have been so much more, given the talent of the actors involved. I can't recommend this, but the trailer for the film IS worth your while.
Published 1 month ago by John R. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary movie, but what's with the eyeball?
Seriously, it wasn't even IN the movie, so why was it on the cover of the VHS and DVD? Other than that, it's an Omen rip-off, only with aliens instead of angels and demons. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bookandcdfreek
5.0 out of 5 stars Code Red does it again.
One of the strangest horror films you are likely to lay your eyes on, this film has a plot that is nearly indescribable, but you will never be bored. Another winner from Code Red.
Published 4 months ago by Fred Adelman
4.0 out of 5 stars The Omen: A Space Opera
As everybody in the civilized world knows, back in the 70s and 80s, the Italians made big business out of ripping off American box office successes.... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stanley Runk
2.0 out of 5 stars If you like Glenn Ford -- watch the first 15 minutes or so then,...
I watched this because I am a Glenn Ford fan.
Otherwise, it is really bad. Play up the gore, language thrown in for shock effect, etc.
Dumb movie. :)
Published 13 months ago by Nancy Hoorn
5.0 out of 5 stars The Visitor
This is one great movie with a great cast. I remember watching this when I was younger and never thought I'd see it again. A very unique movie that must be seen.
Published 15 months ago by bobzombie
5.0 out of 5 stars the visitor
Very creeper to start about A man only knows were he,s from is sent to earth to pervent child A ten year old girl who has powers that people from another world or time want abuse... Read more
Published 15 months ago by john ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie But Goodie!!
Not to tell my age but the last time I saw thus good movie of mine I paid $1.75 for the ticket..
Published 17 months ago by B. SPAIN
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