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The Visitor (1979)

Stridulum (original title)
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The soul of a young girl with telekinetic powers becomes the prize in a fight between forces of God and the Devil.

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(as Michael J. Paradise)

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(screenplay) (as Lou Comici), (screenplay) (as Robert Mundy) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. Walker
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Det. Jake Durham
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Raymond Armstead
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Jerzy Colsowicz
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Barbara Collins
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Dr. Sam Collins
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Jane Phillips
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Katy Collins
Ja Townsend
Jack Dorsey
Johnny Popwell ...
AAA Mechanic
Wallace Wilkinson ...
Police Captain
Steve Somers
Lou Walker ...
AAA Mechanic
Walter Gordon Sr. ...
Thomas
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Storyline

John Huston stars as an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl, and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they've experienced... somewhere between Hell and the darkest reaches of outer space. Written by DrafthouseFilms

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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They know we are here...

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Release Date:

21 November 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Visitor  »

Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sam Peckinpah had trouble remembering his lines. Because of Peckinpah's difficulty with his dialogue, the fact that his character was the ex-husband of Barbara Collins was never clearly established in the movie. Moreover, Peckinpah's voice was dubbed by another actor. See more »

Goofs

When Barbara is being pulled along the ground a wheel and part of a small skateboard is visible underneath her. See more »

Quotes

Detective Jake Durham: Now listen to me Katy isn't there something you want to tell me?
Katy Collins: Yeah. Go fuck yourself!
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Utterly bizarre midnight movie with some charms
10 November 2013 | by (Wallis and Futuna) – See all my reviews

This oddball midnight movie is getting a re-release and eventual DVD courtesy of the Alamo Drafthouse.

It's about an evil little girl, who is so evil that John Huston and his pacifist army of intergalactic bald yoga practitioners arrive from space to stop her. Meanwhile Lance Henriksen is the evil boyfriend of her clueless, innocent mother, who sold his soul to the satanic forces nurturing her in a Faustian bargain for...a basketball coach position.

Which leads to the early and highly memorable slo-mo basketball set-piece, easily one of the most unique choices of setting for a horror film sequence I've ever seen!

The atmosphere of this weird, weird film alternates between genuinely and oddly poetic (mostly thanks to the music), pure B-movie cheese, and unintentional hilarity. It's one of the strangest films I've ever seen, but that's not a bad thing in this case. If you give yourself over to its strange charms, this is some kind of consciousness-expanding experience.

Will you like it? There are folks who seek out these sorts of bizarre, unique B-movies. You know who you are. At the very least, you should this film an object of curiosity.

Somehow, and for some reason, John Huston, Glenn Ford, Franco Nero (as Jesus Christ), Shelley Winters, Lance Henriksen, Sam Peckinpah, Mel Ferrer and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are all in this movie.


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