THE VISITOR

USA, 1979 (MIFF 2017, Sci-Fi)

Director: Michael J Paradise

In a rare onscreen appearance, legendary director Sam Peckinpah joins equally legendary actor John Huston and an all-star cast in a psychotically psychedelic space oddity.

Jerzy is an intergalactic super-being sent on a mission to save planet Earth from a young girl, Katy Collins, who may or may not be some kind of demon but who definitely has a demonic pet hawk. Katy’s mother is the owner of a rare womb that possesses the power to create many more such children, and a cabal of mysterious bald folk want basketball team owner Raymond to impregnate her. As a police detective investigates a series of fatalities connected to the young Katy, the forces of good and evil engage in a multi-dimensional battle over the future of the world.

This incredibly strange and logic-defying science fiction horror film has developed a cult following over the years. Italian director Giulio Paradisi (Slum Boy, MIFF 1976), working under the name Michael J Paradise, took inspiration from The Omen, The Exorcist and Close Encounters of the Third Kind to create his unforgettably bonkers molestation of reality, featuring an eclectic cast that – in addition to Peckinpah and Huston – includes Glenn Ford, Mel Ferrer, Lance Henrikson, Shelley Winters, Franco Nero and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as himself.

'A remake of The Bad Seed as filtered through the acid-tinged mind of Alejandro Jodorowsky … Perhaps the most fun you can have in a movie theatre without risking permanent brain damage.' – Film.com


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