Austin-based Drafthouse Films has acquired the North American distribution rights to the 1970s sci-fi/horror fim "The Visitor," starring John Huston.
The movie, which has undergone a restoration, will be shown theatrically, and will have a video-on-demand platform release.
Drafthouse says that "The Visitor" combines elements of "The Omen," "Close Encounters of the Third King," "The Birds" and "Star Wars," with a cast that includes Shelley Winters, Glenn Ford and Franco Nero.
"The result is … an entertainingly hallucinatory and inscrutable mash-up that repertory cinema programmers around the country have rediscovered for late-night bookings," Drafthouse Films says.
"This film is from another time, another place and another wholly different dimension," says Drafthouse Films Creative Director Evan Husney, "and contains the highest JDPM (jaw-drops-per-minute) ratio out of any movie we have ever encountered. ‘The Visitor’ is a repertory mainstay at the Alamo Drafthouse and is truly one of the most joyfully delirious theatrical experiences we’ve unleashed on our audiences. The world wasn’t ready for this film in 1979, and it still may not be. Regardless, we are ecstatic to be able to reintroduce cinema’s most colossally bizarro achievement. Ever."