The director of Sixth Sense, Signs, Devil and Unbreakable, M. Night Shyamalan bring us a new low budget but original pre-halloween horror thriller. One of the best scary storytellers in the film industry, Shyamalan brings forward this new tale twister with an unexpected end. Unlike the rest of his films, this one has a funny side to it which makes the swing between humour and horror more skilful.
Two teenagers visit their grandparents for the first time and are terrified to find the old couple engage in suspicious and deeply disturbing behaviour which goes beyond the explanation of normal old-age. Nana and Pop Pop's weird actions eventually accelerate leaving room open for potential devil or dementia at work. Like in most of Shyamalam films, this story too comes with a deep message in the end with an emotional element added to it.
The script is new but the found-footage concept might start to smell stale to some audiences. It is safe to say The Visit saved money in both cast and camera.
Although the film took a risk with a largely unknown cast, all characters were compelling and the best performance came from 14 year old Ed Oxenbould who plays the younger of the two siblings. There was a constant tension throughout the film with occasional humour and an unpredictable storyline. However, in most scenes the tension escalated but nothing happened. The strong language and nudity in the film is only moderately disturbing.
It is not one of Shyamalan's very best but The Visit is definitely worth a watch.
Rating - 3 Stars
Cast- Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie