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
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.
the best part was the room full of dead rich white dudes.
Pretty disappointing. So much was left out and not explained. It's funny, it has all the makings of the type of movie I love. The problem was that I didn't get to SEE the cool stuff that I had to assume was the reasoning behind the story. It's like half the movie wasn't there. Oh well.
If you want to be reminded just how cheeseball the 1970s were, this is the movie for you. It's in the typical genre of "evil children" that came out a lot back then. The score is something between brilliant and hilarious. The cast is interesting and the acting was pretty standard for the day. Do not watch if you are afraid of birds, haha.