Directed by Giulio Paradisi
Of the many post-EXORCIST horror films centered around evil children, none is more of a must-see than 1979’s THE VISITOR. Katy Collins looks just like any other normal 8-year-old, but appearances can be dangerously deceptive. Turns out, Katy is the incarnation of an ancient evil entity named Sateen who’s out to do some serious damage–unless a mysterious visitor (John Huston) can stop her first! Long out of print, VHS copies of THE VISITOR were passed around between cult-movie fanatics for dozens of years before Drafthouse Films released this stunning uncut restoration. Contains violence and gore.
At first glance, Katy Collins is just like any other normal 8-year-old girl – but appearances can dangerously deceptive. As it turns out, Katy is the Earthly incarnation of an ancient evil by the name of Sateen.
Cast: Mel Ferrer, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, John Huston, Shelley Winters
This basically played out like some overblown, faux-Christian propaganda and when it think it's the most serious, it's actually at its most hilarious. What a delightful mess! There actually was one pretty intense scene in there though, and pigeons. PIGEONS. Get stoned before watching this.
Let's see, we have a female housekeeper who brings a cage with two dead birds into her new client's home and sings the same goofy song over and over, who turns out to be part of a group who come from a place that's "beyond human imagination". A mother who unfortunately suffers from paralysis following a car accident and refuses the help of a man who insists on marrying her because she can't help herself, she's handicapped! And we have a little 8 year old girl who appears to be an evil spawn of Satan. Clearly, the writer of this film doesn't have any issues with women, does he?
I'll be brutally honest here-- as a horror film, "The Visitor" is mostly terrlible. As a film in general, it's mostly terrible. As an unintentional comedy though, it's pure gold! To be fair, there are a few decently creepy set-pieces, and the cinematography can be quite striking at moments. For the most part though, it's bad acting and silly plotting all the way-- even as the film takes itself quite seriously, which makes it all the more hilarious! The "evil child" in the movie is as far from being scary as anything I can imagine. She looks and sounds as if she would be more at home in a commercial for Southern sweet tea (and I was born and raised in the South and love sweet tea)! If you're looking for a genuinely creepy and/or scary horror film, choose something else. Shudder has so many good-to-great horror movies and thrillers from which to choose. If you're in the mood for an unintentionally funny B (or maybe C?) movie to laugh along with though, "The Visitor" may just make your day or night! Two and a half skulls out of five.
As a horror movie, "The Visitor" is mostly terrible. (To be fair, there are a few decently creepy set-pieces.) As a quality move in general, it's mostly terrible. (There is striking cinematography though.) I cannot honestly recommend "The Visitor" to anyone who is looking for a truly scary, creepy movie. However, as a completely unintentional comedy, this film is pure gold! The "evil child" sounds and looks as though she would be more at home in a commercial for Southern sweet tea! (I'm from the South, and I love sweet tea, but I'm just being honest here!) If you want a genuinely good movie, horror or otherwise, choose something else. There are many good-to-great horror movies and thrillers on Shudder. If you're in the mood to laugh at an unintentionally funny movie that takes itself very seriously though, "The Visitor" may just make your day or night! Two and a half skulls out of five.
As an actual horror movie, or as just a quality movie in general, "The Visitor" is mostly terrible. As an unintentional comedy classic though, it's great! No one involved in the making of the film seemed to mean for it to be funny, but on so many levels, it is! If you're looking for a genuinely scary and/or creepy movie, choose another one here. There are so, so many good-to-great horror movies on Shudder. If you want to laugh though, by all means, watch "The Visitor!" Two and s half skulls out of five.