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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.


(as Michael J. Paradise)


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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Walker
Dr. Sam Collins
Ja Townsend
Jack Dorsey
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Police Captain
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They know we are here...


Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

21 November 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Visitor  »


Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


The basketball game at the beginning of the film is meant to take place in Atlanta, Georgia. However, the stadium has numerous Canadian flags hanging high on the walls. See more »


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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References The Lady from Shanghai (1947) See more »


Shortnin' Bread
By James Whitcomb Riley
Performed by Shelley Winters
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Weird and Confusing
13 May 2004 | by 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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