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The Visitation (2006)

PG-13 | | Horror, Thriller | 2009 (France)
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The Visitation reveals a small town torn apart by supernatural events involving a mysterious stranger and his unsolved past.

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Robby Henson

Writers:

Frank Peretti (based on the novel by), Brian Godawa (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Donovan ... Travis Jordan
Edward Furlong ... Brandon Nichols
Kelly Lynch ... Morgan Elliot
Randy Travis ... Kyle Sherman
Richard Tyson ... Sheriff Brett Henchle
Ellen Geer ... Mrs. Macon
Joe Unger ... Matt Kiley
Priscilla Barnes ... Dee Henchle
Noah Segan ... Michael Elliot
James Horan James Horan ... Tall Man
Lew Temple ... Deputy Tommy Smalls
Hillary Tuck ... Darlene Henchle
Lin Ciangio ... Nancy Barrons
Leikos Leikos ... Max
Frank Clem ... Nevin Sorrell
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In Antioch, the former Father Travis Jordan lost his faith on God three years ago when his beloved wife was murdered and the criminals never found. Suddenly, miracles happen in the little town: the son of the newcomer and veterinary Morgan Elliot survives a car accident without a single scratch; Travis's dog Max revives after being buried; a paraplegic walks; a wounded woman and her father with brain tumor heal. In all the events, three men wearing black were seen, and then the unknown Brandon Nichols claims to be Jesus Christ. The local population worships Brandon, while Travis and Morgan feel that something is wrong and conduct an investigation, disclosing that evil has possessed the dwellers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Everyone has their demons

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, violence/terror and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Visita See more »

Filming Locations:

Visalia, California, USA

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Martin Donovan and Kelly Lynch previously costarred in the film At Last (2005). See more »

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While reading the date on a grave marker, one of the characters says, "May 13. That's nine years ago today", implying that the scene is taking place on May 13 of the current year. However, the corn in the fields is far too tall (easily over 6 feet) for that time of year. See more »

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Good story would have benefited from a larger budget
22 January 2006 | by djloueySee all my reviews

If you watch "The Rainmaker" you'll think it's a great movie. If you watch it after you read the novel by John Grisham that it's based on, it will leave you wanting a little more. "The Visitation" is very similar. Frank Peretti's books, including "The Visitation", have the tendency to draw the reader in until they are immersed in the fear that oozes from the pages. The movie doesn't quite accomplish that. Of course, if any movie were to contain all of the elements of a Perreti or Grisham novel, it would be 12 hours long.

Having said that, the story is well told, though there are moments where it leaps ahead unexpectedly. The movie's opening scene introduces three mysterious men who proclaim "He is coming." Through the rest of the movie they lurk in the background, creating an uneasy sense of expectancy.

Martin Donovan and Kelly Lynch are very likable as the main characters and Donovan is convincing in the role of reluctant hero. Randy Travis shows he is actually a good actor and provides most of the comic relief, which is a bit surprising.

Edward Furlong as "The Visitor" is a bit melodramatic, but does a good job of keeping you guessing to the end. The rest of the characters could use a little more development in the movie.

One thing I did find irritating about the movie is a device the screenplay writer (not Peretti) uses during the frightening scenes. It is pretty much a rip-off of "The Ring".

Overall, the movie is somewhat frightening. It's not scary in a horror movie fashion, but more in a Hitchcock kind of way. It's more of a disturbing feeling than a desire to scream. Kind of like "The Secret Window".

While Perreti is recognized as a Christian author the movie is not preachy. There are some religious themes, but they flow with the story. It doesn't force messages into the film that don't fit as is so unfortunate in many otherwise good stories.

The budget for the movie is about $2 million. It looks like it. It doesn't look cheap, but it doesn't compare to the films with five times the money in the coffers. Perreti is currently working on a screen play for "The Oath". I hope this movie has enough success to convince someone to front a little bigger budget for his next project.


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