04th Sep2014

Kim Newman to present ‘The Visitor’ at the Phoenix Cinema

by Phil Wheat


The Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley have announced that Kim Newman will be presenting Giulio Paradisi’s fantastically bizarre 1979 sci-fi horror The Visitor – which stands as a completely unique fusion of horror films like The Omen and Birds with sci-fi such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Wars – on Friday 5th September at 11.45pm. The screening is part of the Scalarama series in September and the ongoing Phoenix Nights series at the Phoenix Cinema.

John Huston 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 and the darkest reaches of outer space.

A novelist, critic and broadcaster, Newman’s fiction includes the Anno Dracula series, The Quorum, Life’s Lottery, Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D’Urbervilles and An English Ghost Story; his non-fiction includes Nightmare Movies and BFI Classics studies of Cat People, Doctor Who and Quatermass and the Pit. Kim also co-wrote the comic miniseries Witchfinder: Mysteries of Unland with Maura McHugh, art by Tyler Crook.  He is a contributing editor to Sight & Sound and Empire magazines.

For more information on The Visitor check out the website:  http://www.phoenixcinema.co.uk/whatson/?progid=6150994 or phone on 020 8442 0442.


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