IMDb > Communion (1989)
Communion
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Communion (1989) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 17 | slideshow) Videos
Communion -- US Home Video Extra (Clip) from New Line

Overview

User Rating:
5.7/10   3,818 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 7% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers (WGA):
Whitley Strieber (book)
Whitley Strieber (screenplay)
Contact:
View company contact information for Communion on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
10 November 1989 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
On December 26th, 1985, Whitley Strieber had a dream. Weeks later, he discovered his family had the same dream. Months later, he made the most shocking discovery of his life. Now, you will discover it. See more »
Plot:
Whitley Strieber goes with his family and some friends to his holiday home in the forest. They experience some weird occurances... See more » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(38 articles)
User Reviews:
Wake up, we've got overnight visitors. See more (48 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Walken ... Whitley Strieber

Lindsay Crouse ... Anne Strieber

Frances Sternhagen ... Dr. Janet Duffy

Andreas Katsulas ... Alex
Terri Hanauer ... Sarah
Joel Carlson ... Andrew Strieber

John Dennis Johnston ... Fireman

Dee Dee Rescher ... Mrs. Greenberg
Aileen Fitzpatrick ... Mother
R.J. Miller ... Father

Holly Fields ... Praying Mantis Girl

Paula Shaw ... Woman from Apartment
Juliet Sorci ... Second Grade Girl (as Juliet Sorcey)
Tifni Twitchell ... Teacher
Joshua Miller ... Tall Boy (as Joshua John Miller)
Kate Stern ... Woman on Bus
Johnny Dark ... Lab Technician
Jonathan Fromdahl ... Whitley (5 years)
Andrew Magarian ... Man in Hallway

Basil Hoffman ... Dr. Friedman

Paul Clemens ... Patrick

Maggie Egan ... Nancy
Irene Cagen ... Sally (as Irene Forrest)
Sally Kemp ... Laurie
Vince McKewin ... Bob
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Madeleine Mora ... Alien Abductee (uncredited)
Ingrid Vold ... Magician's Assistant (uncredited)

Directed by
Philippe Mora 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Whitley Strieber (book)

Whitley Strieber (screenplay)

Produced by
Dan Allingham .... producer
Gary Barber .... executive producer
Philippe Mora .... producer
Paul Redshaw .... executive producer
Edward Simons .... co-producer (as Ed Simons)
Richard A. Strieber .... associate producer
Whitley Strieber .... producer
 
Original Music by
Eric Clapton 
Allan Zavod 
 
Cinematography by
Louis Irving 
 
Film Editing by
Lee Smith 
 
Casting by
Penny Perry 
 
Production Design by
Linda Pearl 
 
Art Direction by
Dena Roth 
 
Set Decoration by
Diana Allen Williams 
 
Costume Design by
Malissa Daniel 
 
Makeup Department
Michelle Bühler .... makeup artist
John De Herrera .... special makeup mechanical effects
Denise Dellavalle .... additional makeup artist
Michael Earnest .... special makeup mechanical effects
Steve Frakes .... special makeup mechanical effects
John Goodwin .... special makeup mechanical effects
Jeff Kennemore .... special makeup mechanical effects
Melinda Kennemore .... special makeup mechanical effects
Erin Lyons .... hair stylist
Karen Mason .... special makeup mechanical effects
Ann Masterson .... hair stylist: New York
Dixie McCracken .... special makeup mechanical effects
Melissa McCracken .... special makeup mechanical effects
Michael McCracken .... special makeup mechanical effects
Michael Shawn McCracken .... special makeup mechanical effects
Jim McPherson .... special makeup mechanical effects
Joe Podnar .... special makeup mechanical effects
Kris Rosenberger .... hair stylist
Ron Seraile .... special makeup mechanical effects
Pamela S. Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Dan Allingham .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sharon Mann .... first assistant director
Robert J. Metoyer .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
David Cunningham .... carpenter
David Esparza .... scenic painter
David Goldstein .... lead painter
Charles M. Lagola .... property master: New York
Brian Markey .... construction coordinator
Helen Wilson .... seamstress
Bill Zullo .... property master
 
Sound Department
Andrew Adams .... utility sound
Peter Burgess .... sound editor
Alan Douglas .... sound recording engineer
David Harrison .... sound re-recording mixer
Doron Kipen .... sound recording engineer
Hugh Little .... boom operator: New York
Guerric Angelo Marruzzi .... post production
Matthew McFadden .... boom operator
Bill Meredith .... sound mixer: New York
Richard Murphy .... boom operator: New York (as Rich Murphy)
Gavin Myers .... sound editor
Glenn Newnham .... sound editor
Ken Pawlak .... boom operator
Ron Purvis .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Rodman .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Rodman .... supervising sound editor
Ed White .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Dave Gregory .... photographic effects supervisor
Hal Miles .... animatronics supervisor
Richard Ratliff .... special effects
A.J. Workman .... alien effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Savas Alatis .... camera loader: New York
Gary Dagg .... key grip
Michael Kelem .... aerial camera operator
Steven Kline .... additional focus puller
Steven Kline .... first assistant camera: New York
Bob Lee .... key grip: New York
Chuck Mason .... best boy electric
Mark Roemmich .... best boy grip
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
Russ St. John .... dolly grip
Jorgen Wedseltoft .... first assistant camera
Kevin Williams .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Donna B. Anderson .... casting assistant (as Donna Anderson)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emmy Taylor .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer
Sharon McGeeney .... negative cutter
Mike Milliken .... color timer
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Noelleen Westcombe .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Eric Clapton .... composer: main theme
Eric Clapton .... performer: main theme
Alan Clarke .... composer: end theme
Allan Zavod .... composer: additional score
Eduardo Ponsdomenech .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Lee Sanders .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Stephanie Alexander .... additional unit publicist
Steve Beeson .... production accountant
Benita Brazier .... script supervisor
Marty Capune .... additional location manager
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Alan Clarke .... additional arrangement & performer: "End Theme"
Pam Cornfeld-Walker .... production coordinator (as Pam Cornfeld)
Kristi Frankenheimer .... location manager (as Kristi Frankenheimer-Davis)
Jonathon Green .... production assistant
Karen Kelsall .... script supervisor: New York
Eduardo Ponsdomenech .... assistant: Christopher Walken
Larry Stephens .... location manager: New York
Amy Wells .... production associate
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
Netherlands:101 min | Germany:106 min (video) | USA:107 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Philippe Mora wanted star Christopher Walken involved in the casting of whomever played 'Anne Strieber'. It was Walken who suggested Lindsay Crouse.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Whitley opens the closet to find the teddy bear he opens the right closet door. When filmed from the inside, both doors are open and he then proceeds to close the left door.See more »
Quotes:
Anne Strieber:Put your grey pants on, elephants are grey.
Whitley Strieber:[Playing with the elasticated trunk] Is this the front or the back?
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fire in the Sky (1993)See more »
Soundtrack:
PUTTIN' ON THE RITZSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Wake up, we've got overnight visitors., 3 July 2006
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Whitley Strieber is a writer who goes off with his family and couple of friends to his holiday home in the woods. During their first night there they experience a strange sensation involving a blinding light and they all had the same startling experience. Whitley shrugs it off as a dream, but then he starts hallucinating and seeing unearthly figures. Is he going mad or was he abducted? So, he sees a psychiatrist to go under hypnosis to see what really did happen to him.

How strangely surreal can this get! I was simply bug-eyed to what the hell was going on and Christopher Walken's spontaneously intense performance just kept you guessing and totally riveted. The story is supposedly based on true facts and lifted from Whitley Strieber's novel, which also did the screenplay for the film. This touchy subject matter will have a lot of its sceptics, but this piece I found to be an engrossing format that builds an authentically sincere approach to its controversial nature, even despite its very outlandish, quite silly and largely dreamy nature. But anyway, that's surrealism for ya! The story is emotionally moody and that can be attributed a lot Walken's erratic character - who rambles on until the cows come home about whatever he's thinking and cracking out rather humorous jokes. At times I didn't have a clue what he was going on about! But Walken is simply ace in a role that's fits him perfectly.

The first half of the film is actually creepy with its atmospheric lighting, bone rattling sound effects and stinging score. This side of the story is psychologically powering as we watch the realistic deterioration, traumatic stress and the denial of Whitley. When we get our first (and vastly memorable) glimpse of our out-of-town visitors too- it's visually surreal and eerily unnerving. It gave me the shivers! But that very feel changes course in the second half of the film were it becomes uneven and we get a break down on Whitely coming to terms and accepting his fate. But there's one thing that hits you and that this whole joint feels like one large dream with it's change in moods, bizarre hallucinations, blurry intentions and that you'll forget about large chunks of it after experiencing it. Yeah, it's rather forgettable with only a couple of scenes that stick with you and that's basically the whack-out sequences. I don't know, but I was expecting a little more to come out of the layout and it does clock off with some meandering scenes, but if Walken was on screen it was hard not to be compelled. The script can get a bit self-indulgent and distant, while the sweeping guitar riffs are terribly dated. Although it's a low-budgeted flick the special effects are well implemented and the rubbery alien designs are adeptly crafted. Philippe Mora who brought us such films like "The Howling 2 and 3" adds his distinguishable style and generates some extremely haunting and effective build-ups. His confidence in the production and that in Walken makes his direction one of the film's standing assets. The rest of the cast pale in comparison to Walken, but Lindsey Crouse as Whitley's on-edge wife and Frances Sternhagen as Dr. Janet Duffy work off him greatly. I got to say that the best time to watch this one - is late night… I guarantee.

It's not totally successful, but it's an interestingly odd project with capable direction by Mora and a sensational central performance from Walken.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (48 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Communion (1989)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
worth seeing for one scene. djshatter
Walken alan_ryder
Communion or fire in the sky ? seph82
Even the great christopher walken couldnt save this disaster of a movie! pram_d
Was this or not? Movies_For_Life
Looking For The TV Version luciofulci-1
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Intruders Dreamcatcher The UFO Incident Party Monster Home Movie
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Biography section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.