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''The Visitor'' is an Italian/American 1979 science fiction/horror film starring Creator/LanceHenriksen, Creator/GlennFord, and Creator/JohnHuston. Noted actors Mel Ferrer, Creator/SamPeckinpah, and Shelly Winters also appear, and Kareem Abdul-Jabar has a cameo as a basketball player. The film tells the surreal, hallucinatory story of a benevolent alien who has come to Earth in pursuit of a child named Katy (Paige Connor) who may be a descendant of a malevolent alien intelligence known as Zateen. The girl's hapless mother, Barbara (Joanne Nail) becomes swept up in the frightening struggle between the two entities, while her boyfriend (Henriksen) and physician (Ferrer) represent a sinister organization which has its own disturbing plans for Barbara and Katy.

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''The Visitor'' is an Italian/American 1979 science fiction/horror film starring Creator/LanceHenriksen, Creator/GlennFord, and Creator/JohnHuston. Noted actors Mel Ferrer, Creator/SamPeckinpah, Creator/FrancoNero, and Shelly Winters also appear, and Kareem Abdul-Jabar has a cameo as a basketball player. The film tells the surreal, hallucinatory story of a benevolent alien who has come to Earth in pursuit of a child named Katy (Paige Connor) who may be a descendant of a malevolent alien intelligence known as Zateen. The girl's hapless mother, Barbara (Joanne Nail) becomes swept up in the frightening struggle between the two entities, while her boyfriend (Henriksen) and physician (Ferrer) represent a sinister organization which has its own disturbing plans for Barbara and Katy.


** The opening sequence where a brown-robed Jerzy stares out over the landscape of a desert planet is more than reminiscent of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tattooine in Film/StarWarsANewHope. When Jerzy is then approached by a tall, black-robed figure it calls to mind Obi-Wan's confrontation with Darth Vader later in the same film.
** The film centers on a demonic child who uses animal attacks and telekinetic powers against her foes, much like Film/TheOmen.
** The Satanic conspiracy attempting to guide said child and gaslight her mother into obedience is a clear nod to Film/RosemarysBaby.

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** The opening sequence where a brown-robed Jerzy stares out over the landscape of a desert planet is more than reminiscent of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tattooine in Film/StarWarsANewHope.''Film/StarWarsANewHope''. When Jerzy is then approached by a tall, black-robed figure it calls to mind Obi-Wan's confrontation with Darth Vader later in the same film.
** The film centers on a demonic child who uses animal attacks and telekinetic powers against her foes, much like Film/TheOmen.
''Film/TheOmen''.
** The Satanic conspiracy attempting to guide said child and gaslight her mother into obedience is a clear nod to Film/RosemarysBaby.''Film/RosemarysBaby''.


''The Visitor'' is an Italian/American 1979 science fiction/horror film starring Creator/LanceHenriksen, Creator/GlennFord, and Creator/JohnHuston. Noted actors Mel Ferrer, Creator/SamPeckinpah, and Shelly Winters also appear, and Kareem Abdul-Jabar has a cameo as a basketball player. The film tells the surreal, hallucinatory story of a benevolent alien who has come to Earth in pursuit of a child named Katy (Paige Connor) who may be a descendant of a malevolent alien intelligence known as Zateen. The girl's hapless mother, Barbara {Joanne Nail) becomes swept up in the frightening struggle between the two entities, while her boyfriend (Henriksen) and physician (Ferrer) represent a sinister organization which has its own disturbing plans for Barbara and Katy.

The film is noteworthy for its all-star cast, some trippy visual effects sequences and for revisiting the Satanic horror tropes popularized by films of the era such as Film/TheOmen, Film/TheExorcist, and Film/RosemarysBaby, but with a science fiction twist.

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''The Visitor'' is an Italian/American 1979 science fiction/horror film starring Creator/LanceHenriksen, Creator/GlennFord, and Creator/JohnHuston. Noted actors Mel Ferrer, Creator/SamPeckinpah, and Shelly Winters also appear, and Kareem Abdul-Jabar has a cameo as a basketball player. The film tells the surreal, hallucinatory story of a benevolent alien who has come to Earth in pursuit of a child named Katy (Paige Connor) who may be a descendant of a malevolent alien intelligence known as Zateen. The girl's hapless mother, Barbara {Joanne (Joanne Nail) becomes swept up in the frightening struggle between the two entities, while her boyfriend (Henriksen) and physician (Ferrer) represent a sinister organization which has its own disturbing plans for Barbara and Katy.

The film is noteworthy for its all-star cast, some trippy visual effects sequences and for revisiting the Satanic horror tropes popularized by films of the era such as Film/TheOmen, Film/TheExorcist, ''Film/TheOmen'', ''Film/TheExorcist'', and Film/RosemarysBaby, ''Film/RosemarysBaby'', but with a science fiction twist.

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* SurprisinglyHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Apart from Barbara getting paralyzed and a few scratches at the end, she is mostly fine. Jerzy and his group destroy the cult and manage to bring Katy to the Christ-like figure and she seems to have turned over a new leaf. It is among the happiest endings in a European horror movie and with no sequel hook either.]]

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* CurbStompBattle: This might quite possibly be the most incompetent cult of all time. [[spoiler: Not only do they fail to prevent Barbara aborting her fetus, they even fail to kill her at the end and are wiped out quite easily by Jerzy and his group.]]


Recieved the Podcast/RiffTrax treatment in 2019.



* CreepyChild: Katy

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* %%* CreepyChild: Katy



* GreaterScopeVillain: Zateen.

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* %%* GreaterScopeVillain: Zateen.



Recieved the Podcast/RiffTrax treatment in 2019.

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Recieved the Podcast/RiffTrax treatment in 2019.


* ZergRush: [[spoiler:Jerzy summons thousands of extraterrestrial birds to subdue Katy and slay Raymond at the end.]]

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* ZergRush: [[spoiler:Jerzy summons thousands of extraterrestrial birds to subdue Katy and slay Raymond at the end.]]]]
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* PantyShot: Katy in the sequence at the ice skating rink. Once in a BetweenMyLegs shot and at the end of the sequence (a frozen frame where she does a spin and her skirt twirls up).

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* MindScrew: The story is straightforward enough: a friendly alien comes to Earth to stop an evil one. But the numerous scenes, characters, and trippy sequences that are never explained or just flat-out don't make sense turn this into a very complicated film.


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* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:The mystery of how the gun got into the gift box is never solved and everyone seems to lose interest in it after the detective who was investigating it dies.]]


* VacationDearBoy: Lance Henriksen considers the film [[CreatorBacklash "a real turkey"]] and claims that the cast pretty much only signed up for it in order to enjoy a free trip to Italy.

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* AsHimself: Kareem Abdul-Jabar appears near the start of the film as a basketball player named Kareem who gets a taste of Katy's powers in the final seconds of a game.


* AlienAbduction: [[spoiler:although it is quite explicit that they are just humans using a tricked-out semi-truck, the scene where Dr. Walker abducts and surgically impregnates Barbara visually and psychologically reflects this trope in every way.]]



* AlienAbduction: [[spoiler:although it is quite explicit that they are just humans using a tricked-out semi-truck, the scene where Dr. Walker abducts and surgically impregnates Barbara visually and psychologically reflects this trope in every way.]]


* OffTheShelfFX: While cars designed for paraplegic individuals to drive do exist, the vehicle that [[spoiler:Barbara]] drives following the shootings clearly isn't one, presumably for budgetary reasons.

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* OffTheShelfFX: While cars designed for paraplegic individuals to drive do exist, the vehicle that [[spoiler:Barbara]] drives following the shootings shooting clearly isn't one, presumably for budgetary reasons.


* MoodWhiplash: The eerie and disturbing abduction scene is followed by a truly uncomfortable scene where the tow truck drivers when find [[spoiler:Barbara]] unconscious in her car is played for laughs.

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* MoodWhiplash: The eerie and disturbing abduction scene is followed by a truly uncomfortable scene where the tow truck drivers when who find [[spoiler:Barbara]] unconscious in her car is played for laughs.

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