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The Visitor (1979)
"Stridulum" (original title)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  21 November 1980 (USA)
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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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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
Joanne Nail ...
Barbara Collins
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Dr. Sam Collins
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Jane Phillips
Paige Conner ...
Katy Collins
Ja Townsend
Jack Dorsey
Johnny Popwell
Wallace Wilkinson ...
Police Captain
Steve Somers
Lou Walker
Walter Gordon Sr.
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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

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

21 November 1980 (USA)  »

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The Visitor  »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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According to the interview with Paige Conner on the Code Red DVD, Shelley Winters smacked Conner for real several times while both rehearsing and filming a key confrontation scene with her. See more »

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After the police officer is attacked by the bird and rolls his car down the bank, we see that the car is clearly about to come to rest upright. But subsequently we see the car upside down as it catches fire. See more »

Quotes

Detective Jake Durham: Katy, I know you know something that was in that package, now tell me what it is and I woun't bother you anymore.
Katy Collins: Okay I will tell you but you might have to write it down. Are you ready?
Detective Jake Durham: Yes.
Katy Collins: Shove it up your ass!
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"Sateen was a mew-tant."
29 July 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The plot, as I hopefully understand it, is that Satan (or Sateen, as this film calls him) fathers children with supernatural powers. One of these children is 8 year-old Katy, who has telekinetic powers and a heavy Southern drawl. An intergalactic traveler called The Visitor must battle the child for the fate of the universe....or something like that. There's also some stuff about an evil hawk, some bald aliens, and a crazy-eyed Jesus with a bad blonde wig.

Nonsensical Italian-made claptrap that combines '70s fascinations with the occult and aliens. It's an awful movie that rips off many better movies, made watchable by some striking imagery and interesting casting. John Huston, Lance Henriksen, Sam Peckinpah, Mel Ferrer, Shelly Winters, and Glenn Ford are all in this. That says more about the state of their respective careers at the time than it does about the quality of this production. Incoherent but good for some laughs. Dig that terribly out of place soundtrack, too.


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