The Visitor

USA/Italy 1979. Director: Giulio Paradisi
Cast: John Huston, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, Joanne Nail, Paige Conner, Mel Ferrer, Sam Peckinpah, Shelley Winters

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! “An intergalactic warrior joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against an 8-year-old girl, and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance!” The latest cult-film rescue, restoration, and re-release from Austin, Texas’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Drafthouse Films — who last year boggled our minds (and then some) with Miami Connection — is this phantasmagorical 1979 mash-up of sci-fi, horror, action, and, uh, basketball, set in Atlanta, Georgia. The Visitor plays like some demented fusion of The Omen, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Birds, Rosemary’s Baby, The Fury, and Star Wars. Almost more baffling than the WTF plot — which could have been penned by L. Ron Hubbard — is the unlikely all-star cast, headed by Hollywood legend John Huston and including Glenn Ford, Shelley Winters, Lance Henriksen, Franco Nero, Mel Ferrer, and Sam Peckinpah! Producer Ovidio G. Assonitis (Tentacles), working here with Italian director Giulio Paradisi (credited as Michael J. Paradise), was part of a ’70s wave of Euro producers who came to America to make exploitation-picture knockoffs of Hollywood hits for the export and drive-in markets. “Contains the highest JDPM (jaw-drops-per-minute) ratio out of any movie we have ever encountered ... Truly one of the most joyfully delirious theatrical experiences we’ve unleashed on our audiences” (Evan Husney, Drafthouse Films). Colour, DCP, in English. 108 mins.



"Nearly 35 years after Michael J. Paradise’s film descended on the world, arousing a wave of incredulity, awe, laughter, and indifference, it returns ... to wow cult fans, connoisseurs of the absurd, and cinephiles intrigued by the evolution of the sci-fi and horror genres in the ’70s and ’80s."

Boston Globe | full review

"The Visitor is a mess, but a revelatory one, both a ripe, bizarre thriller and a fascinating example of how filmmakers first responded to the interstellar millions stirred up by Spielberg and George Lucas."

Village Voice | full review