Of Unknown Origin

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"Two forces have claimed the house. Only one will survive."
  • R
  • 1983
  • 1 hr 28 min
  • 6.1  (3,711)
  • 51

Of Unknown Origin is a horror movie that was directed by George Pan Cosmatos in 1983. The film is based on the novel The Visitor by Chauncey G. Parker III. The movie stars Peter Weller as a successful Wall Street executive named Bart Hughes, Jennifer Dale as his wife, and Lawrence Dane as the exterminator. The movie begins by following Bart as a successful businessman who has just acquired a promotion that will require him to work longer hours. With his new position, he realizes that he will have to travel a lot, leaving his wife and son alone in their elegant Manhattan apartment. As he is settling into his new job, he begins to notice a strange presence in his apartment.

At first, it starts with a small water leak, but gradually it becomes more severe, with holes in the walls, chewed up papers, and other signs of destruction. Bart soon realizes that he is not dealing with a simple leak, but rather a mysterious and destructive animal that seems bent on terrorizing him and his family.

Bart tries to tackle the problem with conventional methods, but he quickly realizes that this is no ordinary animal. Its intelligence is exceptional, and it seems to be always one step ahead of him. As his obsession with capturing the animal becomes all-consuming, he begins to neglect his work and his family, endangering his future and his relationship with his wife.

Throughout the movie, Bart's character undergoes a transformation from a successful businessman to a man on the brink of madness. The creature's intelligent behavior and its ability to outsmart him at every turn make Bart question his own sanity. The giant rat becomes an all-consuming obsession for him, as it threatens to destroy everything he has worked so hard to achieve.

Of Unknown Origin is a movie that preys on our primal fears of the unknown and the unseen. The creature is never actually seen, but its presence is felt throughout the film. As Bart tries to find the creature, the audience can feel a sense of foreboding, knowing that something terrible is coming.

The set design and cinematography in the movie are both exceptional. The apartment, which is supposed to be a beautiful and spacious living space, is transformed into a claustrophobic and ominous labyrinth. The use of shadows, close-ups, and camera angles create a sense of unease and tension.

Peter Weller's performance in the movie is outstanding. He portrays Bart as a man who is intelligent and successful, but also flawed and vulnerable. Throughout the movie, he becomes increasingly unhinged and desperate in his pursuit of the creature. Weller's performance is particularly impressive given that he has to carry the entire movie almost by himself. Jennifer Dale and Lawrence Dane also deliver solid performances as Bart's wife and the exterminator respectively.

Overall, Of Unknown Origin is a suspenseful and intense horror movie that preys on our fears of the unknown. The use of shadows, camera angles, and set design create a sense of unease and tension throughout the movie. Peter Weller's performance as Bart is particularly impressive, portraying a man on the brink of madness as he tries to capture a mysterious creature that threatens everything he holds dear.

Of Unknown Origin is a 1983 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 28 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 51.

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    1 hr 28 min
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    6.1  (3,711)
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