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The Visitor Returns to Theaters

Alamo Drafthouse latest Acquisition

By Robert T. Trate     June 20, 2013
Source: Alamo Drafthouse & Drafthouse Films Media

Have you ever heard of The Visitor? The film is a crazy fusion of The Omen, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, The Birds, Rosemary's Baby, The Fury and Star Wars. That sounds like a must see to us here at Mania. The film has recently be acquisition by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and will start to resurface at theaters soon. Check out the official press release below. 

Official Press Release: Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced today the acquisition of North American rights to '70s phantasmagoric sci-fi/horror/action/??? hybrid The Visitor. Legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon; Treasure Of The Sierra Madre) stars as an intergalactic warriorbattling 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. A new HD restoration from the original film materials is planned for a theatrical, home video and multi Video On Demand/Digital platform release later in the year. 
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 otherswere packaged for export and the burgeoning drive-in circuit. Producer Ovidio G. Assonitis and Director/Professional Body Builder Michael J. Paradise's TheVisitor 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 includesShelley Winters (NightOfTheHunter), Glenn Ford (Superman), Lance Henriksen(Aliens), Franco Nero (Django) and Sam Peckinpah (director of TheWildBunch).
The result is not so much a carbon copy, but rather an entertainingly hallucinatory and inscrutable mash-up that repertory cinema programmers around the country have rediscovered for late-night bookings. "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," says LA art-house The Cinefamily. At the time of its original release,TheVisitoruniversally received poor reviews by mainstream critics including TV Guide who simply called it "junk," but now, the film stands as "the Mount Everest of insane '70s Italian movies" (Mondo Digital).

"This film is from another time, another place and another wholly different dimension," says Drafthouse Films Creative Director Evan Husney, "and contains the highest JDPM (jaw-drops-per-minute) ratio out of any movie we have ever encountered. The Visitor is a repertory mainstay at the Alamo Drafthouse and is truly one of the most joyfully delirious theatrical experiences we've unleashed on our audiences. The world wasn't ready for this film in 1979, and it still may not be. Regardless, we are ecstatic to be able to reintroduce cinema's most colossally bizarro achievement. Ever."
The deal was negotiated by COO James Emanuel Shapiro on behalf of Drafthouse Films and Fabrizio Gionaon behalf of the film's rights holder, producer Ovidio G. Assonitis.

The Visitor is available for theatrical bookings contact VP of Marketing and
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Here is a trailer for the film we found on YouTube.


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wkmuzzy 6/20/2013 11:13:29 AM


CalamityJohnson 6/20/2013 11:17:15 AM

Oh goodness... it smacks so horribly of late 70's filmmaking that I couldn't possibly sit through this. If Logan's Run was bad... yech.

DarthBob 6/20/2013 11:50:10 AM

Dude...nobody does that firster sh!t around here so knock it off.

That soundtrack sounds like it came right out of one of those blacksplotation movies.  This movie looks awful.

jedi4sshield 6/20/2013 2:03:43 PM

The question is why? If they arent doin a THX1138 type of revision its pointless.

monkeyfoot 6/20/2013 2:07:47 PM

I actually saw this in the theaters! Can't remember the plot details but it was awful! Cheap looking with bad FX

thezillaman 6/20/2013 11:14:53 PM

 Dod. Good call

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