Trailer for The Visitor, ‘the sci-fi epic that 1979 couldn’t handle’

Doing the Lord’s work as always, Drafthouse Films is helping yet another film that was too weird for major success upon release to find a brand new audience of weirdos. Their re-release of The Visitor rolls out to Austin and LA November 1st and New York November 8th, with more markets to come after that, and they’ve just released a new trailer, cut by Hobo with a Shotgun‘s Jason Eisener. Speaking of which, why the hell did we get a Machete sequel but not a Hobo With a Shotgun sequel? Hobo with a Shotgun was way better. And I say that knowing full well that Danny Trejo will shank me for it.

In this unforgettable assault on reality–restored and presented uncut theatrically for the first time ever in the U.S.–legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon; Treasure Of The Sierra Madre) stars as an intergalactic warrior who 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, the darkest reaches of outer space, and Atlanta, GA . The Visitor fearlessly fuses elements of The Omen, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, The Birds, Rosemary’s Baby, The Fury and even Star Wars creating the most ambitious of all ’70s psychedelic mindwarps . Its baffling all-star cast includes Shelley Winters (Night Of The Hunter), Glenn Ford (Superman), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Franco Nero (Django) and Sam Peckinpah (director of The Wild Bunch).

That’s funny, because the sign above my wheelhouse says “beware pre-adolescent profanity and hawk attacks.”