The Visitor (1974)

In this off-beat romance, a grad student rents a house for three weeks to do her research. Soon after arriving, she discovers the house is haunted by a handsome and interesting ghost. ... See full synopsis »

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John Wright

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John Wright
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Credited cast:
Pia Shandel Pia Shandel ... Rebecca Sinclair
Eric Peterson ... Michael Tyler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hetty Clews Hetty Clews ... Kitty Barton
Georgie Collins Georgie Collins
Amy Doolittle Amy Doolittle
Joyce Doolittle Joyce Doolittle
Joseph Gollard Joseph Gollard
John Heywood John Heywood ... Mr. Paine
Scott Hylands
Walter Mills Walter Mills ... Joseph Kenmore
V.F. Mitchell V.F. Mitchell
Alan Robertson Alan Robertson ... Gerald Barton
Patricia Vickers Patricia Vickers
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In this off-beat romance, a grad student rents a house for three weeks to do her research. Soon after arriving, she discovers the house is haunted by a handsome and interesting ghost. Eventually the spirit and the student fall in love. During their affair, they teach each other much about their different backgrounds. In time the woman finds herself confused by the bizarre affair. To save her sanity, she escapes from the house.

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

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1 March 1974 (Canada) See more »

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CAD97,000 (estimated)
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A memorable curio
8 February 2003 | by michael.willSee all my reviews

This quiet low budget fantasy is a strangely agreeable cross between a tourism promo and a serious thriller. It's filmed in Calgary, Alberta's Heritage Park, a pioneer village of transplanted historical buildings from around the province, and set during the winter when this tourist site is closed and deserted, and very eerie. A history major (Pia Shandal) takes up residence in a Victorian mansion where she hopes to research her thesis on 19th century life... and gets more than she bargained for when she slips through a crack in time. She finds herself in 1890s Calgary and, in a very logical approach to the time travel theme, is completely unhinged by the culture shock of it. Very ordinary and decent folk from long ago become creatures of menace, as this 70s-modern woman is unable to conceal her total alienation from their way of life, and is considered a dangerous lunatic.

The film doesn't fully explore its dramatic and comic possibilities, and it's marred by an abrupt and unresolved ending, but has mood and atmosphere that linger in the imagination. Seldom seen since the 70s, "The Visitor" is due for a modest revival-- an ideal CRTC quota item for one of the Canadian movie networks, and one with some actual cult appeal.


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