It’s the kind of thing that only the madcap movie world of the 1970s produced. Because what else could explain a sci-fi/horror movie that’s led by John Huston—playing an intergalactic warrior!—and features Shelley Winters, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, Franco Nero and Sam Peckinpah? (Yes, that Sam Peckinpah). It’s the stuff that cult movies are made of and that’s just what happened, and now it’s coming back to theaters thanks to the folks at Drafthouse Films.
Giulio Paradisi‘s film is now hitting screens restored and presented uncut theatrically for the first time ever in the U.S., bringing the story of a space 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. And yes, the film is as awesomely bonkers as that sounds, with lots of psychedelic imagery, all while borrowing from movies as far ranging as “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” to “The Omen.” And you can get a sense of the tone in this clip from the opening portion of the film, which sets the mood both visually and narratively.