Director: Philippe Mora
Starring: Christopher Walken, Lindsay Crouse, Frances Sternhagen, Andreas Katsulas, Terri Hanauer
The true story of one man’s terrifying journey into the unknown
William Streiber, his wife and their son are trying to enjoy some time off out in their remote cabin away from the big city when they one night experience a strange occurrence that will change the life of the family forever.
This even will cause great psychological harm to William, who starts to get visions of aliens performing weird experiments on him. They seek out the help from a psychiatrist named Janet Duffy who tries to help William find out what happened to him before he looses it completely.
Communion is based on a book by the real life William Strieber and the story is based on his alleged encounter with an extraterrestrial life form. That being said, there is not a single attempt in the world to deliver a realistic tale of alien abduction in this movie. Instead we get a strange mess of a movie that can only brag about having Christopher Walken in one of his most lunatic roles ever. He holds nothing back and it feels like the director Philippe Mora just stood behind the camera encouraging him to go even more and more crazy with his portrayal.
What exactly they were trying to do with this is beyond me. Since the rest of the characters act very natural, Walkens performance become a bit out of place and bizarre. Not that the film itself doesn’t also go into bizarre territory with weird dream sequences and such. I wonder what they actually wanted to say with this film. If there is some meaning behind this other than showing a lunatic man then I missed it.
I guess some of this madness can be credited to Mora. The Australian film director has worked steadily since the 1960’s, still going strong even today, and he is also responsible for both Howling 2: Your Sister i a Werewolf (which is also batshit crazy!) and Howling 3. I wonder who decided that he would be a good choice to direct this film as I can’t really imagine someone watching his previous efforts and then think that he would be the correct choice for this one. I give him props for originality though, he has plenty of that skill within him…
The visual look of the film starts of very realistic and even gives you a hint of the same realism that made the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers work, but just as Strieber becomes more and more insane, the film does the same. The dream sequences become incredibly goofy and laughable (not just in a bad way), making it hard to take anything of what you are watching here seriously.
There is not much else I have to say about Communion. If you are interested in a good alien abduction film then seek out something else, if you are in the mood to see Christopher Walken be crazy however, then this is the film for you. It is a bad film, but the craziness of it makes it worth sitting through, even if it feels like the film should have been fifteen minutes shorter.