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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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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 ...
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Police Captain
Steve Somers
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AAA Mechanic
Walter Gordon Sr. ...
Thomas
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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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They know we are here...

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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21 November 1980 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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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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