Friday, 5th September – The Phoenix Cinema, 52 High Road, East Finchley, London, N2 9PJ
11:45pm Start – £9.50 / £7 Conc.
Writer and cult film aficionado, Kim Newman, will be at the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley this Friday to present a special screening of the ‘special’ film, The Visitor (1979).
Directed by Giulio Paradisi, The Visitor is quite simply barmy, so I quite simply want to see it. Here’s the synopsis:
An intergalactic warrior joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl, and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they’ve experienced… somewhere between Hell and the darkest reaches of outer space.
See, told you it was barmy. And just to kick it all up a notch, it’s actually got a really stellar cast of old-Hollywood names; John Huston, who directed most of the good Humphrey Bogart films, plays the protagonist, Jerry Colsowicz, while Glenn Ford (The Big Heat, Gilda), Shelley Winters (Night Of The Hunter, Alfie), Mel Ferrer (The Longest Day, War And Peace) and Sam Peckinpah, director of The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs, all feature in it.
So, between the bizzaro story, the strange casting and the crazy 70′s visuals you know you’re going to get, this is a film that needs to be seen. If you don’t want to see this, then what are you even doing with your life?
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