The Visit (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller, Comedy
94 minutes /

User Score: 52/100

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The Visit Review


Two siblings become increasingly frightened by their grandparents' disturbing behavior while visiting them on vacation.

The Visit (2015) is an American psychological comedy horror movie that is 94 minutes long. It was filmed on Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas, Miami, Florida, USA and in two locations in Pennsylvania, USA. Director and writer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense (1999), Signs (2002), Unbreakable (2000), The Village (2004)) executed The Visit beautifully and it was enjoyable. The Visit did not deliver as well as Shyamalan’s films listed above. The movie contains dark twists, comedy, suspense, thrills, tension, creepy grandparents, one verbal use of bad language, some violence, and jump scares.

The Visit revolves around Rebecca (Olivia DeJonge - Good Pretender (2011), The Sisterhood of Night (2014), Polarised (2012)) and her brother Tyler visiting their grandparents for a week. Rebecca and Tyler (Ed Oxenbould - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014), Paper Planes (2014), Julian (2012)) plans on recording everything at their grandparents house for the week. The kids have never met their grandparents because their mother Paula eloped with her high school teacher Robert 15 years ago and had not seen her parents since. Tyler is fond of his father and Rebecca resents him for leaving them at a young age. Their grandparents John (Peter McRobbie - Lincoln (2012), Spider-Man 2 (2004), Brokeback Mountain (2005), 16 Blocks (2006)) and Doris gave the kids rules. One of the rules they told the kids is not to go next to the basement because it has mold issues, and they might become ill.

After a few events, the kids began noticing strange behaviors from their grandparents including those shown in the trailer. The ultimate twist to this movie was unexpected and added the greatest suspense ever. I had many accusations and thoughts about the grandparents but never guessed that Paula’s parents were--watch the movie. The kids were heroes and proved to be truly brave as they tried their hardest to save their lives after experiencing the unexpectedly dark comedic twist they encountered. The grandmother Doris (Deanna Dunagan - Have a Little Faith (2011), Running Scared (1986), Dimension (2007)) was not your average sweet, loving grandma.

I enjoyed the last fifteen minutes of The Visit because it was outright nasty and as I said previously, unexpected. The film did not fall short of entertaining the audience with comedy, and the comedy was well balanced with the horror aspect of the movie. I gave this movie an eight because the movie took a little too long to get to the point. It was slow paced for the first part of the movie, but then it picked up and never looked back. All of the actors did an incredibly amazing job with their performance. The characters were compelling, and the screenplay was somewhat original and innovative. The movie was an entertaining watch, and I recommend all horror fans who love a good psychological thriller to see this movie soon. The Visit’s cover image does the movie justice as the kids expect a wonderful weekend with their grandparents and encounters the opposite, a week of terror.

About The Visit 2015

Title: The Visit
Original Title: Sundowning
Year: 2015
Runtime: 94 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Comedy
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.6/5 stars from 48 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 48
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Jon Douglas Rainey, Shawn Gonzalez, Basil Kershner, Erica Lynne Arden, Zachary Vazquez, Brian Gildea, Erica Lynne Marszalek, Dave Jia, Michael Mariano, Benjamin Kanes, Kathryn Hahn, John Buscemi, Evan Charles, Gabrielle Pentalow, Peter McRobbie, Steve Annan, Jorge Cordova, Richard Barlow, Sajida De Leon, Aileen Michelle, Ocean James, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Samuel Stricklen, Olivia DeJonge, Patch Darragh, Ed Oxenbould, Seamus Moroney, Michelle Rose Domb, Deanna Dunagan, Sajida Malik
Writers: M. Night Shyamalan
Director: M. Night Shyamalan