The Horror Honeys: I'm a Pretty Bird!

I'm a Pretty Bird!

A Supernatural Honey Retro Review by Suzanne

The Visitor (1979)

I had no idea what I was getting into when this movie landed in my lap. Initially, much to my surprise and delight, it was a schlocky, good vs. evil film, complete with a creepy kid and an overabundance of awesome character actors.

Little Katy Collins lives a life of privilege. Single, wealthy, Barbara, dotes on Katy, but knows something isn’t quite right with her only child. What harm could an 8-year old inflict, you ask? It turns out Katy’s lineage is a bit otherworldly and she’s a descendent of the Devil. She has a serious case of telekinesis.

John Huston stars as Jerzy Colsowicz. Jerzy works for Jesus and is trying to track down Katy. Their main objective is to track down all of the devil spawn and stop the bad seed from spreading. While this is going on, a sinister syndicate is trying to secure power through the birth of another child, using Katy’s mother as the incubator and Lance Henriksen as the sperm donor.

At every turn I was squealing with joy over a new character, like Mel Ferrer as an evil mastermind and doctor, Glenn Ford as a hardened detective, Sam Peckinpah as Barbara’s ex-husband and the stellar Shelley Winters as the home care nurse/nanny with a mission: all of them putting forth performances worthy of a good movie.

Paige Conner, who plays Katy, had a very short-lived acting career, which makes sense because she isn’t particularly good. She has a bit of a young Linda Blair vibe, but doesn’t invoke any sympathy for her character. You just seriously hate the little bitch from minute one. 

Birds play a crucial role. particularly Katy's pet falcon, who she sends to attack the detective investigating her involvement in her mother's shooting. She also calls on hundreds of them during the climax of the film, a bird attack the likes of which you have never seen before. 

Italians have a flair for the overly dramatic and The Visitor is no exception. The use of bold color, lots of lightning, quick cuts, and an obnoxious score: it's a little like watching a 90 minute music video.

The content of this movie is definitely subjective. While I choose to look at it from a religious and supernatural point of view, it can definitely be interpreted as sci-fi, complete with alien beings. Either way, this film is a trip. The way I see it, if Carrie and The Omen had a psychotic baby, The Visitor would be that baby. Sure, it’s going be tough to deal with at times, but it will bring you a lot of enjoyment before it kills you.

Supernatural Honey verdict: 2.5 smacks in the face by Shelley Winters out of 5