USA / ITALY – 1979 – 108 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY GIULIO PARADISI
Wealthy Atlanta basketball team owner Raymond Armstead (Lance Henrikson) is dating widow Barbara Collins (Joanne Nail) and seemingly in love with her, but he is really on assignment for a mysterious syndicate of rich men trying to gain power through the evil manipulation of a genetic alien force that is carried in Barbara's womb. Both Raymond and the smart-mouthed and uncannily talented pre-teen daughter of Collins, Katie (Paige Conner), want marriage and a new baby to be born, with this baby carrying forth the power that Katie is starting to show. An older man appears from another world (John Houston) and intervenes as the force of good that this power potentially has, trying to stop Katie from using her powers for evil and to take her back to a place where the goodness of children can thrive.
"It’s entirely possible that nothing could unlock this unholy cage match of good vs. evil plot lines…”
- THE TORONTO STAR
"Obviously, a must-see for the Midnight Madness set – as well as people who simply hate children.”
- NOW MAGAZINE
"THE VISITOR is quintessentially the type of film that's benefited from the digital age's knack for digging up seemingly-new obscurities to marvel at."
"It’s hard to convey the sheer lunacy of 1979’s THE VISITOR, a daffy near-gem from the exquisitely named Italian director Giulio Paradisi, without citing the broad range of films from which it pilfers — a list that spans everything from THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD to ROSEMARY'S BABY.”
“THE VISITOR… it’s so strange that you can’t help but get fully involved.”
- TORONTO FILM SCENE
"It’s truly unpredictable cinema."
- WAY TOO INDIE
“...THE VISITOR is something that needs to be seen to be even remotely comprehended.”
- NEXT PROJECTION
“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 and the darkest reaches of outer space.”
"The worst thing about THE VISITOR isn’t that it’s a bad movie, even though it is. It’s that is a perfect movie for a Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode and we’ll never get to see that come to fruition."
“…[provides] you with a foolproof drinking game."
- WYLIE WRITES