Of Unknown Origin

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Of Unknown Origin
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by George P. Cosmatos
Produced by Pierre David
Claude Heroux
Written by Brian Taggert
Based on The Visitor 
by Chauncey G. Parker III
Starring Peter Weller
Louis Del Grande
Kenneth Welsh
Shannon Tweed
Music by Kenneth Wannberg
Cinematography Rene Verzier
Edited by Roberto Silvo
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates November 24, 1983 (USA)
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4,000,000
Box office $1,080,470 (USA)

Of Unknown Origin is a 1983 Canadian-American horror film directed by George P. Cosmatos and starring Peter Weller. It was written by Brian Taggert and based on the novel The Visitor by Chauncey G. Parker III. It was filmed on location in Montreal, Quebec but set in New York City.[1] The film won two awards at the Paris Film Festival.[2]


Mild-mannered everyman Bart Hughes has a great bourgeois life in New York City. When his wife and child leave for a vacation, Bart stays behind to work on a project that should get him a promotion. Some sort of rodent in his basement starts to bother him and consumes his time. Bart becomes obsessed with it and eventually starts losing his mind while trying to kill the creature, destroying most of his house in the process.


Critical reception[edit]

Vincent Canby of The New York Times had nothing but disdain for the movie, but lightly praised Weller's performance and opens his review:


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