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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:
  • 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 (160 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040BJH3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,918 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Visitor" on IMDb

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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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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 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.
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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....but on much smaller budgets of course. The quality of the results is all over the map, ranging from godawful to awful-yet strangely fun and entertaining, to actually being very good and original(a good example being the birth of the "giallo" by more or less trying to rip off Hitchcock). The Visitor is somewhat of a curiosity. It's not a great movie-comfortably watchable, but it's very ambitious and "out there", more so than the standard Italian cash in.
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).
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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.
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