Drafthouse Films have acquired another catalog title (earlier this week a theatrical re-release & Blu-ray of Abel Ferrara’s MS. 45 was announced!) that should majorly please fans of outsider cinema; 1979’s THE VISITOR! Recently made available for the first time on a deluxe DVD from Code Red, Drafthouse now have the rights and are prepping a theatrical re-release with a Blu-ray debut to follow! Just look at that gorgeous new one-sheet they whipped up!
This one is supposed to be pretty insane, and I can’t think of anyone better than Drafthouse to truly give obscure films the platform they deserve. Creative Director of Drafthouse Films’ Evan Husney says “This film is from another time, another place and another wholly different dimension, 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.“After the first class treatment they gave to MIAMI CONNECTION and WAKE IN FRIGHT, expect THE VISITOR to be your new long-lost favorite.
Check out the original trailer below!
Legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon; Treasure Of The Sierra Madre) stars phantasmagoric sci-fi/horror/action/??? hybrid The Visitor about 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/Professional Body Builder 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(!).