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Drafthouse Pictures to Release Insane 70s Sci-fi/Horror Flick THE VISITOR

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by on October 10, 2013

This one sounds like the greatest movie I never knew existed. Drafthouse Films announced that this Halloween, they’ll be releasing a bonkers 1979 sci-fi/horror movie that sounds like the demonic lovechild of The Exorcist, The Omen, Star Wars, and The Birds. Its name? The Visitor.

Drafthouse will be releasing the movie in its uncut format in cinemas for the first time since, well, ever. It will be in Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Portland and San Francisco the weekend of Halloween before getting a slightly wider release thereafter and a VOD and home entertainment offering in January 2014.

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From the press release:

Legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon; Treasure Of The Sierra Madre) stars as an intergalactic warrior battling alongside a cosmic Christ figure (Franco Nero) 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/Alleged Bodybuilder 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 (director of The Wild Bunch).

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To quote a very dear friend of mine, this movie sounds “cuckoo banana pants.” Possibly the strangest amalgam of premises, riffs, genres, and especially actors I’ve ever heard of. It sounds too good (bad) to be true. I’m very much looking forward to this. Let us know what you think of this news, and tell us your favorite movie that’s a mix of a bunch of other movies, in the comments below.