Of Unknown Origin

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Of Unknown Origin

Film poster
Directed byGeorge P. Cosmatos
Produced byPierre David
Claude Heroux
Written byBrian Taggert
Based onThe Visitor by Chauncey G. Parker III
StarringPeter Weller
Louis Del Grande
Kenneth Welsh
Shannon Tweed
Music byKenneth Wannberg
CinematographyRene Verzier
Editing byRoberto Silvo
Distributed byWarner Brothers Pictures
Release date(s)November 24, 1983 (USA)
Running time88 min.
Country United States
 Canada
LanguageEnglish
Budget$4,000,000
Box office$1,080,470 (USA)
 
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Of Unknown Origin

Film poster
Directed byGeorge P. Cosmatos
Produced byPierre David
Claude Heroux
Written byBrian Taggert
Based onThe Visitor by Chauncey G. Parker III
StarringPeter Weller
Louis Del Grande
Kenneth Welsh
Shannon Tweed
Music byKenneth Wannberg
CinematographyRene Verzier
Editing byRoberto Silvo
Distributed byWarner Brothers Pictures
Release date(s)November 24, 1983 (USA)
Running time88 min.
Country United States
 Canada
LanguageEnglish
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]

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Synopsis

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.

Cast

Critical reception

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

Peter Weller, one of our best young stage and screen actors, is not at all bad in a rather terrible, Canadian suspense-horror film mysteriously titled Of Unknown Origin.[3]

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