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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
by Garon Cockrell
Film Review - The Visitor
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Oct. 31, 2013 12:01 a.m.

By Adam Ruhl






Drafthouse Films is back with the theatrical re-release of
the 1979 horror/sci fi film The Visitor, opening today in select cities. This
film was entirely new to me and it seems, to a lot of other folks as well.
There was a VHS release and a now out-of-print DVD that’s selling on Amazon for
a hundred dollars or more. The Visitor is an Italian/American co-production, but
what makes its obscurity so strange is that it has a large cast of rather big
names. Appearing in the film is John Huston, Glenn Ford, Sam Peckinpah, Lance
Henrikson, and Shelley Winters. <>








The film is fun to watch, but it is something of an ugly
collage of contradictions. It plays at being an art film, but indulges a grating disco-era,  late-seventies TV drama score that pulls you out of the film. Its plot aspires to be
a unique genre bender, but it still ruthlessly plagiarizes elements from
popular films just as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Rosemary’s Baby, The
Omen, and The Birds. The plot follows an evil little girl who is the star spawn
of a now deceased evil alien and the fight between two alien factions to get
her mother to produce another evil child. John Huston plays an alien from the
good side trying to redeem the little girl and prevent the evil conception from
happening. The film is more of a straight forward narrative than it sounds
until it reaches the end where it starts to go off the rails a little bit.





 


One of the strongest things the movie has going for it is its
visuals. Drafthouse Films is presenting the film in a full HD restoration for
the first time and the result is pretty spectacular. There are a lot of insane and
violent images in the movie, a nod to its Italian horror roots, while still
having good production value and stunning cinematography. The movie is being
promoted as fully uncut in America for the first time. I don’t have a previous
release to compare it to but the DVD is listed as 90 minutes and this new
release runs 108 minutes suggesting pretty extensive additions. Fans of The
Visitor will want to see the new extended version and for newcomers this is a
great ‘lost gem’ horror film that will amaze on the big screen. <>





 


Director: MICHAEL J. PARADISE


Distributor: DRAFTHOUSE FILMS 


Theatrical
Release Date:
 
NOVEMBER 1, 2013 - LA & AUSTIN, NOVEMBER 8, 2013 -
NYC See full release schedule Here




VOD
Release Date:
 
FEBRUARY 2, 2014


Runtime: 108 MINS


Rating: NOT RATED?




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