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The Visitor (1979)



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In the dawn of '70s American blockbusters, European production companies emerged stateside, attempting to recreate box office gold by cloning Hollywood. The infamous Supreme Court-banned Jaws copy Great White, The Exorcist-esque Beyond The Door, and countless otherswere packaged for export and the burgeoning drive-in circuit. Producer Ovidio G. Assonitis and Director/Professional Body Builder Michael J. Paradise's TheVisitorstands as perhaps the most ambitious of all, taking its inspiration by artfully fusing The Omen, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, The Birds, Rosemary's Baby, The Fury and Star Wars alongside a baffling cast that includes Shelley Winters (NightOfTheHunter), Glenn Ford (Superman), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Franco Nero (Django) and Sam Peckinpah (director of TheWildBunch). (c) Drafthouse Films

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Mel Ferrer
as Dr. Walker
Glenn Ford
as Det. Jake Durham
Lance Henriksen
as Raymond Armstead
John Huston
as Jerzy Colsowicz
Joanne Nail
as Barbara Collins
Sam Peckinpah
as Dr. Sam Collins
Shelley Winters
as Jane Phillips
Paige Conner
as Katy Collins
Wallace Williamson
as Police Captain
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Critic Reviews for The Visitor

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

The Visitor doesn't come close to answering all the questions it raises, but that's the film's M.O.: If nothing makes sense, then nothing is off limits.

March 3, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's weirdly compelling.

January 16, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

[It wows] cult fans, connoisseurs of the absurd, and cinephiles intrigued by the evolution of the sci-fi and horror genres in the '70s and '80s.

November 21, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Perhaps the most fun you can have in a movie theater without risking permanent brain damage.

November 8, 2013 | Rating: 8.1/10 | Full Review…

The great surprise is how, consistency be damned, these individual sequences fascinate.

November 5, 2013

The special effects are quite chintzy, Sam Peckinpah casts barely a shadow of humanity - and then there's the teeming flock of birds. This is Cheez Whiz that barely cuts it as a cult staple.

April 6, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Visitor

Badly directed, photographed, written and acted this terrible thing provided a paycheck for several slumming highly regarded actors in supporting roles and the opportunity to watch two horrible performances by the two lead actresses. A real stinker.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Not quite sure why I like this movie but I do. It's a fairly patchy and confused horror/scifi story with a very impressive cast and a strange compelling quality that makes the viewer watch to the end. Reminds me a little of some of the themes explored by the Blue Oyster Cult in song over the years. Despite its faults I rather enjoyed it.

The  Shrewlord
The Shrewlord

Super Reviewer


Completely insane and what a cast! Not particularly good, but no self-described cinephile will be able to turn away.

Steve K
Steve K

Super Reviewer

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