The Visit is about the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents' remote Pennsylvania farm for a week long trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.
It's a great concept because lets face it, a lot of our grandparents live either on or around a farm in a secluded location. So naturally, when we go to visit them, we never really know what to expect and love to go exploring.
To give Mom time alone with her boyfriend, teenage Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and tween Tyler (Ed Oxenbould), a serious germophobe and aspiring rapper, have volunteered for a weeklong stay at the Pennsylvania farm of their grandparents. It’s an especially generous offer given that they’ve never before met Nana and Pop Pop (Deanna Dunagan and Peter McRobbie).
Upon arrival they seem like your average, sweet, charming grandparents but looks can be deceiving as Becca and Tyler soon discover. Becca sees it as an opportunity to film the experience and possibly uncover the decades old rift between their grandparents and their mother, which caused her to leave the farm at the age of 19 but refuses to discuss why. Tyler keeps taking the camera to film the inside of his mouth and his improvised raps, Becca continuously reminds him to stay focused. A lot of comedy in this film, a definite plus. Tyler informs his sister that he wants to stop swearing so much, and instead will say the names of female pop singers. The joke is one that never gets old. He falls, and screams, "Sarah McLachlan!" When terrified, he whispers to himself, "Katy Perry ... " I found his use of celebrities instead of swearing was a nice touch and extremely hilarious!
The grandparents prove no more forthcoming on the subject, but that’s the least of the kids’ worries as they’re confronted with Nana’s nocturnal rages, usually unclothed, and Pop Pop’s disgusting stockpile in the shed. Determined not to be one of those people who fear the elderly, Becca chooses to ignore the ample reasons before her. While Tyler insists something else is going on, she accepts the explanations Nana and Pop Pop give her for their increasingly bizarre and unsettling behavior, describing it as something called Sundowning.
Typically, I'm not a fan of the whole "film with-in a film" style but director M. Night Shyamalan, really nails it here.
When the twist comes, and you knew it was coming because Shyamalan is the director, it legitimately shocks you, I know I was. I won't give away any spoilers, just know that this is definitely a must see for 2015! Horror is very close to comedy. Screams of terror often dissolve into hysterical laughter, which doesn't appeal to everyone but I think comedic relief in horror really sets the stage.
So what do you think? Going to visit distant relatives anytime soon?