I learned about The Sentinel first through the book Paperbacks from Hell, where it was described as a book made in the wake of the success of The Exorcist, while playing on the collapse of cities in the ’70s. When I learned in turn that the novel received a film adaptation, I thought I’d check it out.

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The Visitor is a very different animal where Italian horror films are concerned. It’s not a giallo or an offshoot of giallo like The Black Cat or Argento’s Three Mothers series. It’s not a zombie film at the least. I’d describe it as fitting closer to Italian Satanic horror films – films inspired by or seeking to mimic Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, The Omen, and other similar films. These films rely less on plot cohesion and more on mood and tone. It doesn’t quite matter if the motivations of the characters are clearly spelled out or the narrative beats are coherent so long as the emotional beats are. (more…)