"The Visitor" ranks up there in the incoherent category with the likes of "Exorcist II: The Heretic" and "Piranha II: The Spawning." Ironically enough, this 1979 Italian-made film rips off "The Exorcist" and was directed by "Piranha II’s" director. A strange hodgepodge of sci-fi, horror, and general weirdness, this trippy movie drops on Blu-ray for the first time with a handful of special features sure to please fans.
It may have helped to drop acid or smoke pot to watch "The Visitor," but to sum up what little plot there is to the film, it all boils down to a young girl possessed by the devil. An intergalactic immigrant (John Huston) is called upon to exorcise the demon from her. Odd appearances from the likes of Shelley Winters, Glenn Ford, and Lance Henriksen only contribute to an already nonsensical screenplay. Add in the overabundant use of attacking birds, and the film seems to be an unintended remake of Hitchcock’s "The Birds."
As much as "The Visitor" makes no sense, it needs to be watched for fans of psychedelic, mind-warp films.
In the Blu-ray’s special features, three interview segments with Lance Henriksen, screenwriter Lou Comici, and cinematographer Ennio Guarnieri try to make sense of it all. Henriksen’s feature is the funniest, as he admits to not having a clue what the movie was about while filming it. And screenwriter Comici readily admits he was told to write a rip-off of "The Exorcist."
A 16 page booklet, inserted into the Blu-ray packaging, is a nice companion piece to the film. Also included are trailers for other obscure Drafthouse Films.