Taglines: The true story of one man’s terrifying journey into the unknown.
In 1985, New York based author Whitley Strieber (Walken) lives with his wife and child in Manhattan and seems to be successful. However he is woken at night by paranoid dreams that someone else is in the room.
On a trip to the family cottage in the woods, on the first night the intruder alarm is triggered and Strieber sees a face watching him from the doorway. Bright light fills the cottage windows and wakes his son and two other family friends but his wife remains asleep.
Disturbed by this they all return to New York and life seemingly returns to normal but Strieber finds that his work and personal life are becoming affected by recurring nightmares and visions of strange alien beings including greys, blue doctors and bugs. This upsets his son and puts strain on his marriage.
After an incident at their cottage in which Strieber is so convinced that there are alien beings inside the home that he pulls his gun out and almost shoots his wife, and signs that his son is beginning to have the same visions, he is finally convinced to see a psychiatrist specialising in hypnotic regression therapy (Sternhagen).
The therapy confirms that he has possibly been abducted by unknown beings and experiments have been performed on him however he is still sceptical about it and reluctancly attends a group therapy session of fellow ‘abductees’.
Eventually he realises he has to confront his visions, real or not, and returns to the cottage where most of the incidents seem to occur. He interacts with the alien beings and realises he has been in contact with them his whole life and it was passed on from his father and he will, in turn, pass it on to his son.
Communion is a 1989 drama horror film based on the book of the same name by Whitley Strieber. Starring Christopher Walken, Lindsay Crouse, Frances Sternhagen, Andreas Katsulas, Terri Hanauer, Joel Carlson, John Dennis Johnston, DeeDee Rescher Ball, Holly Fields, it tells a story of a family that experiences an extraterrestrial phenomenon while on vacation at a remote home in the wilderness during which the father is abducted and all of their lives change. According to Strieber, the story is a real-life account of his own encounter with “visitors”, with Walken playing the role of the author.
Directed by: Philippe Mora
Starring: Christopher Walken, Lindsay Crouse, Frances Sternhagen, Andreas Katsulas, Terri Hanauer, Joel Carlson, John Dennis Johnston, DeeDee Rescher Ball, Holly Fields
Screenplay by: Whitley Strieber
Production Design by: Linda Pearl
Cinematography by: Louis Irving
Film Editing by: Lee Smith
Costume Design by: Malissa Daniel
Set Decoration by: Diana Allen Williams
Art Direction by: Dena Roth
Music by: Eric Clapton, Allan Zavod
Distributed by: New Line Cinema
Release Date: November 10, 1989