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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 thought 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. 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.
Granted, the film isn't a 100% Italian production. It was a U.S/Italian co-production shot in the U.S. with a mostly American cast, but it had an Italian director, Italian crew and was produced by Egyptian-born schlockmeister Ovidio Assonitis.
The intent here seems to be a ripoff of The Omen. But this time around, instead of the evil child being the spawn of Satan, the child is the spawn of an evil alien prisoner named Sateen. Far out, eh? The "visitor" in question is John Huston(yes, you read that right! John Huston, the guy who directed The Maltese Falcon and The African Queen) Huston is an alien being who's sent to Earth to retrieve the evil child. Huston spends a great deal of the film watching her, taunting her, and even babysitting her(?). He's waiting on his winged reinforcements to make his move, ya see? While Huston waits and watches dazzling light shows in the sky from an apartment rooftop, the evil Katie does all those nasty things that evil antichrist-ish children do. She paralyzes her mother with an "accidental" gunshot, then kills the officer assigned to the case, played here by Glenn Ford(yes, the same Glenn Ford from the Blackboard Jungle).Read more ›
Mainly a late 70’s docudrama about cocaine psychosis, The Visitor has a lot going for it, or perhaps just has a lot in it. A ruddy colored smorgasbord dumped in a dirty kitchen sink with Jon EFFING Huston in it. Taking a break from a vision quest in the Saharan desert, Jon Huston heads to A-town where he meets up with white Jesus who now spends his time in a new agey spa of some sort droppin wisdoms on a group of kids with cancer. Inspired by true events that totally happened during Jon Huston’s vision quest, he has come to seek the blessing of white Jesus and get a bit of encouragement. White Jesus has the dreamiest blue eyes, you could lose yourself in them forever and the camera gives us a good chance or two to do just that. Turns out that Satan has been on the lam for a long time after, as white Jesus tells it, an epic crime spree of monumental proportions that was really bad. A savior from another world (not white Jesus, a different savior from another world…. no not Superman, a different one) who happens to be JON EFFING HUSTON is in hot pursuit. Satan has possessed a falcon or an eagle, I’m not too sure. He shacks up on Earth as a bird of prey (subtext) with an awesome little Mormon girl
(subtext) who cusses like a sailor, totally tells her mom where to stick it
(also sub-text), cheats at Pong and apparently fricken HATES basketball.
That’s the first ten minutes or so and it just keeps going like that until it resolves, I guess.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I only gave it one star because John Huston was in it and does a lot of weird looks. Other than that I found it a complete waste of time.Published 1 month ago by J George Parkes
Love it! Pure 1970s demon-child/Satanist-alien war madness; a must-see!Published 1 month ago by Ivan F. Lerner
What did I just watch? Vague story about a space hero and space villain that think themselves between worlds - or something. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dan Rogers
It's so bad it's good lol. I think the folks who made this movie took the good stuff from other popular movies and put it in this one. Awesomely bad late 70's horror. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kayla J. Modschiedler
I think I just watched a compilation of horror/sci-fi trailers from 1960-1980, edited together trying to be an original film. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JP