Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Visitor (1979)

As I think I've shown on the blog several times, I love Italian genre films from the 70's and 80's. From oddball sci-fi to cheesy action to gory horror, those wacky Italians just do genre films in a way that makes me smile no matter how crappy the film ends up being. For your enjoyment, here is one of the most bizarre ones you are likely to find.

The Visitor is an utterly bizarre yet fascinatingly bad (in a good way, as opposed to Batman vs. Superman) melange of several other films is one you really have to see to believe. John Huston is a kindly old man with cosmic powers (who is apparently God with Franco Nero in an un-credited role as a Jesus stand-in) who heads up an army of bald kids who can turn into doves in order to fight an evil force in the form of an eight year old girl who has a killer falcon for a pet and is destined to bring about the . Like I said, it's the sort of film you need to see to believe, and even then you might be left wondering what the hell the waitress at the diner put in your coffee.

The rest of the cast (save for Shelly Winters who I've never liked, thankfully she's only in a few scenes) is good too with Lance Henriksen in an early role as a bad guy and the kid playing the little girl is rather awesome in a way. At one point she "innocently" cripples her mother at her birthday party with an errant gunshot (I'd say it makes sense in context but I'm not sure it does) and the reaction shot this kid gives is a priceless mixture of "Whoops!" with a resigned shrug thrown in as well. Come to think of it, every time she ends up killing someone (which tends to be quite often) is darkly hilarious. Glenn Ford is also fun as a hard-boiled cop looking into the wave of violence that seems to follow this kid around and he gets a really good death scene. It happens a little earlier than one would expect, but them's the breaks I guess.

Add to that the bombastic music score that doesn't fit the film at all, a plot that takes Rosemary's Baby, The Omen, The Exorcist and a few others and smashing them together and you get a one of a kind film they just don't make anymore. I'd give more details, but this really is the sort of film you should go into with as little info as you8 can muster. It makes the bizarre stuff a little easier to take.

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I've been a huge fan of action, horror and comedy for as long as I can remember.