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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
Det. Jake Durham
Raymond Armstead
Jerzy Colsowicz
Barbara Collins
Dr. Sam Collins
Jane Phillips
Katy Collins
Ja Townsend
Jack Dorsey
Johnny Popwell ...
AAA Mechanic
Wallace Wilkinson ...
Police Captain
Steve Somers
Lou Walker ...
AAA Mechanic
Walter Gordon Sr. ...


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...


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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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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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