Warped & Faded: Weird Wednesday and the Birth of AGFA

The Visitor

Opens Dec 15, 2021

In honor of two decades of anarchic preservation, we present a selection of films that lit a fire — lovingly restored by the American Genre Film Archive themselves.

The sci-fi/horror epic that 1979 couldn't handle!

An intergalactic warrior joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic eight-year-old girl and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance!

One of the holiest of all Holy-What-the-F***s, The Visitor is a wonderful mishmash of The Omen, The Birds, Rosemary's Baby, Star Wars, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind — but that barely hints at the fervor with which director Giulio Paradisi hurls his cast into the cinematic void.

Just when you think you've nailed down which direction the film's heading in, The Visitor shatters your notion of the time-space continuum with a blackhearted blowout of interplanetary possession, telekinetic avian assault, exploding basketballs, and ecclesiastical laser-storms.

Restoration courtesy of Drafthouse Films and the American Genre Film Archive.