At risk of sounding like the annoying hyperbolic cinephile guy, really/truly/actually The Visitor is inarguably one of the most mind-altering cinematic experiences of the 1970s. Why? Because it stars legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, Treasure Of The Sierra Madre) as an intergalatic warrior battling alongside a cosmic Christ figure (played by Franco "Django" Nero) against a demonic eight-year-old girl and her pet hawk, as the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. And another legendary director appears alongside this impossible supporting cast of Lance Henriksen, Shelley Winters, Glenn Ford and Mel Ferrer...Sam Peckinpah(!) as an abortion doctor(!).
And beginning tomorrow you will be able to catch this skull-wrecker in theaters around the country, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Austin and more. See the full list here. We have unveiled our new theatrical trailer for the film edited by Drafthouse friend/Hobo With A Shotgun director Jason Eisener.
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 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 -- would you believe it -- Sam Peckinpah (director of The Wild Bunch).
The origins of assembling this impossible cast are chronicled in this interview with Producer Assonitis here and oh, those amazing songs featured in the trailer? You can download them for free right here.