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5.0 out of 5 stars Praise Be To Code Red, 7 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Visitor [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
A couple of important points about this DVD release to start with, Amazon have the wrong region code, the disk is region 0 so can be played on any DVD player and also there is no synopsis included in the description so I'll give a short overview here.

The central plot on the Visitor focuses around Sateen, an immensely powerful evil force from another planet, he could take on many different guises including bird and human. Sateen came to Earth to mate with human females and spawn a race of children who would inherit and carry on these powers, (it should be mentioned you don't see any of this, it's all given in an explanation in the opening scene). Katie Collins (impressively played by Paige Conner) is one of those children and she is approaching her eighth birthday. The Visitor (John Huston) is a man who is sent to Earth to save Katie's sole and in doing so will stop Sateen's evil legacy from multiplying any further.

Code Red have been promising a DVD release of The Visitor since about 2007 and I honestly never thought this would see the light of day. But here we are, three years on and only 18 years from my first viewing of the film that I credit with introducing me to the horror film genre. This was in fact the very first horror film I ever saw, and being only 10 years old at the time it was the scariest thing I'd ever witnessed. Taking into account this film is fairly old (30 years) times change and it doesn't seem nearly as frightening as it did back then, coming across more eerie then terrifying in the present time. The Visitor is very much a film of it's time and would be better received by people who were children/teenagers in the 70's and 80's. However, there are some very notable sequences in this film that still look impressive when viewed in 2010, namely the opening scene and the ice skating sequence. The soundtrack is quite striking as well, especially in the way it replaces the dialog in the two afore mentioned scenes.

I would recommend this if you like your horror retro and with a heavy dose of surrealism. This isn't for fans of special effects laden, mainstream, modern horror. Personally, I love this film and watching it again after such a long time was very much a nostalgia trip. It's worth mentioning also the DVD has some really interesting extras as well, particularly the feature including interviews with the cast members.
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