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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

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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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

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Release Date:

21 November 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Visitor  »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Sam Peckinpah only worked one day on this film. 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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I challenge anyone to make sense of this movie!
13 July 2003 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

I find it hard to believe any U.S. distributor would actually take the time to release this to theaters, though the IMDb says that more than one handled this movie in theatrical release! True, the movie boasts an all-star cast, though looking at their brief screen time, it seems just about all these stars knocked off their scenes in not more than a couple of days.

It must be noted that the U.S. print is cut; I've heard from one source that the Italian print does make somewhat more sense. All I can do is judge this particular cut - which makes NO sense at all! People make schemes that are never explained, weird things happen for seemingly no purpose at all... it's a BIG mess! One example is with Italian superstar Franco Nero, who (because of the editing) only gets to appear for about 30 seconds at the end of the movie!

I will admit that at the very least you can salvage a decent number of unintended laughs. Not only is the movie so insane and incoherent that you can't help but laugh out loud, there are some individual delirious scenes that are wacked-out as well. The skating rink scene... John Huston impersonating a babysitter... John Huston playing pong with the mysterious girl (though it's clear that it's a one player pong game on the TV screen)... Shelley Winters overacting... and more. It's not a constantly hilarious experience, and you're bound to get frustrated to a degree with the garbled storyline, but the experience can't be seen as a total loss as well.


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