The Visit (2015)

Okay everybody, remember to go to bed at 9:30! Paula (Kathryn Hahn) has not spoken to her parents in quite sometime and it seems like they may finally be reconnected. Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and her younger brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) say goodbye to their mother (Kathryn Hahn). After many years of silence, Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie) reach out to Paul because they want to meet their grandchildren. Becca and Tyler seem all for this and really want to go even though Paula is against it. As they get there they soon discover that something is wrong with the two of them. Becca wants to document the whole entire trip so her mother can see what went on. Once it hits 9:30 at night, the children have to be kept in their room because of what is going on outside the door. Paula keeps telling them it is their age, but things start to get much worse as the days go on.

The main concern with going into this movie is that M. Night Shymalan has definitely been someone who is hit or miss, but in the past decade it seems as if it’s mostly miss. He has not really shown us any good films the past few years and that is disappointing because he does have some really good films from earlier in his career. As far as The Visit goes, I can definitely say that this was not one of his stinkers. Was it a perfect film? Absolutely not, but it definitely is one that is fun, entertaining and scary. It seems like he went in a different approach with this one and it worked for him. This is a movie that is more of a horror film then one of his thrillers and he pulled it off. It really seems as if this movie is the comeback for Shymalan.

I do not think that this movie had to be shot with found-footage, but to be truly honest it did work. It put a scary and chilling suspense to the film. Even though this movie was not one of his masterpieces, I do however, think that Shymalan is going to start to show us some new, good things. It just seemed like everything he did was effective and they worked. The acting was pretty good overall. I think that the grandparents were the ones who were really good and could be very creepy. Ed Oxenbould added a lot of humor to the film and it seemed like the audience really liked him.

This movie seemed like it was the return of Shymalan and I love it. While this movie was completely riduclous and over-the-top, I still feel as if we have something to look forward to with the next film that Shymalan decides to do. And how could we not forget about the sometimes effective twists that he puts in almost all his films. The twist we see in this film absolutely worked and it was one of my favorite scenes of the movie. Whenever you see a Shymalan twist it’s as if your world is completely rocked. This is a movie that I think is scary, a lot of fun and entertaining. I recommend going to see this one if you are in the mood for a good time.

Overall, The Visit, while not being perfect, is definitely the comeback film for Shymalan. We see some good performances and a good premise that delivered a good horror film. Also, how could we forget that this just adds to the list of great horror films 2015 has offered us.

Grade= B



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