Imagine if you came home one late evening, after talking with a friend about some odd occurrences plaguing your town. An old Native American boarding school had recently burned down, and people have been going missing.

After suffering a bit of the ominous paranoia that often follows any long-conversation about ghosts and ghouls—the kind that makes you check behind the shower curtain and take a peek into the closet—you finally get to bed, yet soon wake from a terrifying dream.

It’s then that you get a sense that you’re not alone. You’re certain that someone, or something, has found its way into your apartment.

This is the synopsis for the new indie horror film, “The Visitor.” It’s the debut film from director Ian Kane, author of the “Fading Empires” sci-fi series. It stars emerging Swedish actress and model Sara Hedgren.

Kane says “The Visitor” is a “return to real horror,” as opposed to the “murder porn” that has become too common in the horror genre. It’s the kind of horror, Kane says, “that creeps up on you psychologically, and where things may seem a little off but you just can’t quite put your finger on it.”

“The Visitor” is a homage to the classic horror films of the 70s, he says, but with more of a psychological edge and a Lovecraftian twist.

The short film clocks in at just less than 10 minutes, but Kane uses the time well to present a tale of terror that honestly upstages most of what you’ll find the theaters these days showing with the “horror” label.

“The Visitor” ties into a feature length film that Kane has planned, called “The Black Sigil.” He plans to turn it into a film trilogy that brings that old-fashioned creeping horror found in the works of H.P. Lovecraft and M.R. James.

The trailer doesn’t give too much away, and Kane says this is intentional. Some of the best horror films and novels, after all, play on the fear of the unknown. Kane says, “what you don’t see is much scarier than what you do,” noting that by taking this approach, “when you finally do see who or what the malevolent force is in the film, it has much more impact.”

“The Visitor” will be showing at film festivals in Los Angeles and abroad. You can check its site for screenings.

'The Visitor' is a Return to Classic Horror
"The Visitor" is a return to classic horror, where psychological terror replaces gore. It has a Lovecraftian theme of creeping terror that delivers.
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  1. H.E. Ross

    Trying to find a hint of another horror master that Kane has taken from is a bit difficult in that the subtleties in The Visitor show an originality that holds one and keeps one away from apprehensions. I hope Mr. Kane keeps us as his visitors to watch more of his refined talents on the screen.


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