Posted on Thursday, October 31st, 2013 by Russ Fischer
How the hell did John Huston and Sam Peckinpah end up in a ’70s sci-fi mind-bender about an intergalactic warrior and an alien Christ analog and their battle with a demonic 8-year old girl? That question has an answer, of course, but in the long run, it’s more fun just to enjoy the fact that they did end up in the movie.
Even better, Drafthouse Films has revived the effort, called The Visitor, and is releasing it in shiny remastered form. A trailer has been released that shows the pure dripping melted grey matter that swirls through this phantasmagoric trip, and I very much encourage you to watch it below.
The Visitor opens in Los Angeles and Austin this weekend, then hits New York on November 8, and will hit other cities afterward.
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In this unforgettable assault on reality–restored and presented uncut theatrically for the first time ever in the U.S.–legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon; Treasure Of The Sierra Madre) stars as an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl, and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they’ve experienced… somewhere between Hell, the darkest reaches of outer space, and Atlanta, GA. The Visitor fearlessly fuses elements of The Omen, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, The Birds, Rosemary’s Baby, The Fury and even Star Wars creating the most ambitious of all ’70s psychedelic mindwarps. Its baffling all-star cast includes Shelley Winters (Night Of The Hunter), Glenn Ford (Superman), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Franco Nero (Django) and Sam Peckinpah (director of The Wild Bunch).