Stridulum (1979)

Netherlands, [Italy]
35mm film, colour (by Technospes), 1.85:1
mono, English

A Dutch science fiction/horror film directed by Giulio Paradisi using the name Michael J. Paradise. Although the film is often referred to as being Italian, the only company listed on-screen is a Dutch copyright holder.

Plot Summary

A young woman with psychic powers is torn between the powers of good and evil.


Directed by: Michael J. Paradise [real name: Giulio Paradisi]
© Brouwersgracht Inv. B.V. 1978
An Ovidio G. Assonitis presentation
Executive in Charge of Production: Jacques Goyard
Associate Producer: A. Caponetto
Screenplay by: Lou Comici [real name: Luciano Comici], Robert Mundy [real name: Robert Mundi]
Story by: Michael J. Paradise [real name: Giulio Paradisi], Ovidio Assonitis
Director of Photography: Ennio Guarnieri
Editor: Robert Curi [real name: Roberto Curi]
Music Composed and Conducted by: Franco Micalizzi
Special Effects: Spectacular Effects International Inc, Robert Shelley, Vernon Hyde
Optical Special Effects: E. Biamonte [real name: Ermando Biamonte]
Animation: Bozzetto [real name: Bruno Bozzetto]
Art Director: Frank Vanorio [real name: Franco Vanorio]
Atlanta Castings: Stratton leopold

Mel Ferrer [Dr Walker]
Glenn Ford [Detective Jake Durham]
Lance Henriksen [Raymond Armstead]
John Huston [Jerzy Colsowicz]
Joanne Nail [Barbara Collins]
Sam Peckinpah [Dr Sam Collins]
Shelley Winters [Jane Phillips]
Paige Conner [Katy Collins]
JA Townsend [Susan]
Jack Dorsey [real name: Joe Dorsey] [Sheriff Paul Townsend]
Johnny Popwell [AAA mechanic]
Wallace Wilkinson [police captain]
Steve Somers [sportscaster]
Lou Walker [AAA mechanic]
Walter Gordon Sr [Thomas]
Hsio Ho Chao [sales clerk]
Calvin Embry [hot dog man]
Betty Turner [receptionist]
Steve Cunningham [Jerzy's assistant]
Neal Bortz, Jack H. Gordon [businessmen]
Steve Beizer [basketball coach]

Alternative Titles

Die Außerirdischen – German title
Djævelen er en pige – Danish title
O episkeptis tis Kolaseos – Greek title
Goście – Polish title
Herdeiros da Morte – Brazilian title
Kozmikus látogatók – Hungarian title
Piken fra mørket – Norwegian title
Satans lilla flicka – Swedish title
Vierailija – Finnish title
El visitante – Mexican video title
El visitante del más allá – Spanish title
Visitante del más allá – Argentine, Mexican title
Os Visitantes – Portugues etitle
The Visitor – English language title
The Visitors – alternative title
Ziyaretçi – Turkish title
Посетитель – Russian title

Extracts included in
Starfilm (2017)


Bianco e Nero vol.47 no.4 (October/December 1986) p.150 – credits
Boxoffice vol.114 no.17 (29 January 1979) p.A6 – note (Coming releases)
Boxoffice vol.114 no.18 (5 February 1979) p.A6 – note (Coming releases)
Boxoffice vol.114 no.19 (12 February 1979) p.A6 – note (Coming releases)
Boxoffice vol.114 no.20 (19 February 1979) p.b6 – note (Coming releases)
Boxoffice vol.114 no.21 (26 February 1979) p.A6 – note (Coming releases)
Boxoffice vol.115 no.26 (24 September 1979) p.27, 29-31 – note (Feature chart)
Boxoffice vol.115 no.27 (1 October 1979) p.17-18, 20 – note (Feature chart)
Boxoffice vol.115 no.28 (8 October 1979) p.25-26, 28, 31 – note (Feature chart)
Boxoffice vol.115 no.29 (15 October 1979) p.7, 9-11 – note (Feature chart)
Boxoffice vol.115 no.30 (22 October 1979) p.26-28, 30, 32 – note (Feature chart)
Boxoffice vol.115 no.31 (29 October 1979) p.15-16, 18-19 – note (Feature chart)
Boxoffice vol.115 no.32 (5 November 1979) p.15, 17-19 – note (Feature chart)
Boxoffice vol.115 no.33 (12 November 1979) p.13-14, 16, 18 – note (Feature chart)
Boxoffice vol.115 no.34 (19 November 1979) p.16, 19-20, 22 – note (Feature chart)
Boxoffice vol.115 no.35 (26 November 1979) p.11-12, 14-15 – note (Feature chart)
Boxoffice vol.115 no.36 (3 December 1979) p.21, 25-27 – note (Feature chart)
Boxoffice vol.115 no.37 (10 December 1979) p.15, 18, 20-21 – note (Feature chart)
Boxoffice vol.115 no.38 (17 December 1979) p.14, 17-18 – note (Feature chart)
Boxoffice vol.115 no.39 (31 December 1979) p.28-30 – note (Feature chart)
Cinefantastique vol.10 no2 (Autumn 1980) p.43 – note
The Film Journal vol.83 no.1 (1 January 1980) pp.28-30 – note (Calendar of feature releases)
The Hollywood Reporter vol.260 no.50 (21 March 1980) p.32 – credits, review (Movie review: The Visitor by Ron Pennington)
The Independent Film Journal vol.82 no.12 (1 November 1979) pp.22-24 – note (Calendar of feature releases)
The Independent Film Journal vol.82 no.13 (1 December 1979) p.14-17 – note (Calendar of feature releases)
The Independent Film Journal vol.82 no.11 (1 October 1979) p.22-24 – note (Calendar of feature releases)
Rivista del Cinematografo vol.53 no.(3 March 1980) p.123 – credits
Screen International no.148 (22 July 1978) p.10 – article (World News Desk: Dateline Rome by Judith Slatin)
Variety vol.291 no.2 (17 May 1978) pp.236-237, 242, 250, 286 – article (Italy's new product)
Variety vol.296 no.5 (5 September 1979) p.36 – note (New York Sound Track)
Variety vol.298 no.8 (16 March 1980) p.27, 50 – credits, review (Film reviews: The Visitor by Pege)

American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig p.241
Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.354
Italian Horror 1979-1994 by Jim Harper pp.194-195 – illustrated credits, review