The Visit (2015)

Found footage style movie from M. Night Shyamalan (of Sixth Sense fame) about two kids who go to stay with their grandparents only to realize that things are not all they first appear.

As far as I’m concerned, found footage movies are just an excuse to make horror films on a shoestring budget and without the need for stringent editing. And, of course, the camerawork is mostly freehand. All of these elements can be good in the right measures but so many films copy the tropes to varying degrees of success.

This film is not only shot freehand, but also an element of the storytelling occurs through Skype conversations that the kids have with their mom. But the craziest of all are the kids’ grandparents. Throughout the film their strangeness is slowly revealed, much to the bafflement of Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and her brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould).

The grandparents are very creepy indeed even though the ultimate pay off for the film felt like a bit of a massive cop out. I am writing this review after this second viewing of this film and perhaps my perceptions are changed because I know what to expect. The first time I watched this, I watched it with my parents because my dad adores horror movies for some reason. I also think that when the twist was revealed it wasn’t really developed enough. While not coming completely out of the blue, there was potential for further development which sadly lacked.

Anyway, over all this film was good enough despite the weak pay off at the end. The over-loud music broke the inertia that the movie had built up over its 90 minute run time. It was also quite jarring.

MY RATING: **.5 / *****

 

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