The Visitor

[BD Review] 'The Visitor' Is a Blizzard of Cinematic Madness

Saying that The Visitor is about a trans-dimensional battle between good and evil is barely coming close to explaining it. You’d be leaving out juicy moments like when Kareem Abdul Jabbar dunks an exploding basketball while team owner Lance Henriksen looks on. Or the fact that Sam Peckinpah plays a doctor. And there’s a wicked scene of ice skating brutality. The hype is true, folks. The Visitor is a blizzard of cinematic madness. Oh, I forgot to mention that a little girl hurls her paraplegic mother through a giant fish tank. That’s a good bit too.

The Visitor was directed by Giulio Paradisi and produced by Ovidio Assonitis, who was a hack, but a talented hack. He was known for his flagrant facsimiles like the 1977 Jaws rip-off Tentacles. In the case of The Visitor, Assonitis (which I can’t help but pronounce in my head “ass on tits”) rips from a hefty lineup of popular movies, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Birds, and Rosemary’s Baby. It never feels like a rip-off, however. For all of its influences, The Visitor feels remarkably fresh and exciting over 30 years later. READ MORE

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Happy Birthday To Me

Virginia (Melissa Sue Anderson) has just survived a tragic accident that’s blacked out parts of her memory. But now she’s back at school with her popular friends, and she’s glad to start over. Days before she turns 18, however, the trauma resurfaces as her friends die off one by one, victims of an as-yet-unknown killer. Virginia begins to wonder whether it’s her, but since she can’t remember certain moments, she’s not quite sure.