New Clips Check in For The Visitor
Time to make believe that the 1979 weirdo-classic The Visitor hasn’t been available on DVD since November 2, 2010, and show you new clips leading up to its theatrical run. Check ’em out.
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Drafthouse Films is releasing the phantasmagoric 1979 sci-fi/horror hybrid The Visitor in several U.S. cities throughout November and the rest of the year. The title will be hitting the big screen in major markets including Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Portland, and San Francisco. A VOD/digital and home entertainment release will follow in January, 2014.
Legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, Treasure of the Sierra Madre) 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 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 Michael J. Paradise’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 alongside a baffling cast that includes Shelley Winters (Night of the Hunter), Glenn Ford (Superman), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Franco Nero (Django), and Sam Peckinpah (director of The Wild Bunch).
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.
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