A graveside visit turns out to be a never-ending nightmare for a grieving father. Restless spirits and ghastly visitations materialize in the cemetery as if to warn the man of some impending doom. The mystery is unlocked when a familiar apparition from the "other side" unknowingly appears and inadvertently curses him to an eternity in purgatory.

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Ron Linares ...
Visitant
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Girl (as Susan Blackstone)
Kashi Way ...
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Dory Forma ...
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Peter Renaday ...
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Richard D. White ...
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Terrance Hines ...
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Jerry Danielsen ...
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A graveside visit turns out to be a never-ending nightmare for a grieving father. Restless spirits and ghastly visitations materialize in the cemetery as if to warn the man of some impending doom. The mystery is unlocked when a familiar apparition from the "other side" unknowingly appears and inadvertently curses him to an eternity in purgatory.

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13 November 1981 (USA)  »

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Final Destinations  »

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$500 (estimated)
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In the tradition of the Twilight Zone...
15 March 2002 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

THE VISITANT was written, produced, photographed, edited and directed by a seventeen year-old film maker in 1981 named Paul Bunnell. I recently got to preview the dvd and I was very impressed. Considering this film was shot on super 8mm film for an initial budget of only five-hundred dollars (according to the director), I found it very enjoyable for the genre. The story is about a man who is mourning the recent passing of his son. The man goes to a small cemetery to visit his son's grave. At the grave, a gust of wind blows past as a voice from behind whispers... "Daddy..." The man becomes startled and turns around only to find his "dead" son standing directly behind him. The boy runs away, the father pursues, and what follows is one incredible chase through the cemetery for the rest of the movie. The man encounters all kinds of ghouls (some funny, some scary) throughout the chase. At one point he even encounters writer/director Paul Bunnell himself, who has a very funny and unsettling cameo as a nervous jogger-ghost. There's even a driverless van. I don't know how they pulled this effect off on such a low budget, but it works. I won't spoil the ending but it rates right up there with some of the very best Rod Serling Twilight Zone episodes! You can certainly tell that the film was made on super 8mm, but the story is so engaging that you forget about the image quality after the first five minutes. I think this could be a great remake for writer/director Paul Bunnell. It would be interesting to see what he might do with the same material twenty-one years later; and with a decent budget, crew and 35mm camera. For a more recent look at the director's imaginative style, I also recommend That Little Monster (1994) which appears on the same dvd as The Visitant... both in the tradition of the original Twilight Zone television series.


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