The Visitor is one of those great forgotten cult classics that is getting a whole new life thanks to Drafhouse Films, who are bringing the 1979 thriller back to the big screen this Halloween, remastered and uncut. We have your first look at the all-new poster for this re-release, as it returns to select theaters across the country.
Legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston stars as an intergalactic warrior battling alongside a cosmic Christ figure against a demonic eight-year-old girl and her pet hawk, as the fate of the universe hangs in the balance.
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 The Exorcist -esque Beyond the Door and countless others were packaged for export and the burgeoning drive-in circuit. Producer Ovidio G. Assonitis and Director/Alleged Bodybuilder Giulio Paradisi's The Visitor stands 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: Episode IV - A New Hope alongside a baffling cast that includes Shelley Winters, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, Franco Nero and Sam Peckinpah.
The result is not so much a carbon copy of these films, but rather an entertainingly hallucinatory and inscrutable mash-up that repertory cinema programmers around the country have rediscovered for late-night bookings.
Says LA art-house The Cinefamily
"Just when you think you've nailed down which direction the film is heading in, it completely shatters your notion of the time-space continuum. [The Film is] ridiculously entertaining [and] a schizophrenic mother of all '70's drive-in oddities."