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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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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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The bedroom scene between Barbara and Raymond was totally improvised. See more »

Goofs

During the ice skating spinning sequence, Katie clearly let's go of the boy in the darker blue shirt twice (or the same footage is used twice). The aerial shot shows her letting go of the boy, and then a quick wide shot of them spinning together still holding onto each other, then the aerial shot again shows her letting go of the boy. 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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Weird and Confusing
13 May 2004 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I am relieved to know that other people found The Visitor as confusing as we did. Over the years, whenever my husband and I have had some reason to mention this movie, we always call it "That weird movie with Jesus in a turtleneck." We spent hours afterwards trying to understand the plot; we never got as far as even trying to understand the meaning.

We went to see because it had such a good cast. The previews suggested it had a supernatural theme, which appealed to us. It was a mistake. We should have stayed home and rotated the mattresses.

I can watch really bad movies without a shudder. I even rather like very bad movies. But The Visitor is in a class by itself. It made absolutely no sense - none. I have read that part of the problem is bad editing. I would hope so. I hate to think that so many fine actors would waste their time on this mess as it is.


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