The Visit, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, is a 2015 horror film that makes trips to your grandparents' house both creepy and dreadful. I will warn all you horror fans out there that if you're not a fan of found-footage horror films, then this one is not for you, although it is pretty different from your average found-footage movie.
The film introduces two teens from Philadelphia, 15-year old Becca (played by Olivia DeJonge) and 13-year old brother Tyler (played by Ed Oxenbould) who go on a five day visit to their grandparents' house while their mother heads out on a party cruise with her boyfriend. This is especially exciting for the two siblings considering the fact that they've never met their grandparents before due to a falling out her mother had with them when she was younger.
Embracing the excitement of finally being able to meet their grandparents, Becca decides to bring her video camera and make a documentary of their stay and of course to get private interviews with each grandparent. Needless to say, the interviewing doesn’t work out quite as well as she planned and the behavior of their grandparents becomes very creepy and abnormal. They go on about their vacation until they finally learn their grandparents’ terrible secret.
I’m not big on found-footage films myself, but this one seemed different than all of the other ones I’ve seen. No supernatural aspect, just real life horror. I don’t normally get scared or freaked out when I watch horror movies, especially the ones that are made nowadays, but this one actually freaked me out and it even had a few jump scares here and there. I loved this film and I definitely recommend it to all horror fans out there. Most people I know aren’t really a fan of M. Night Shyamalan films, but I assure you this one is different and it’s unpredictable. I’d have to say that this would be my favorite modern day horror film.
5 out of 5 skulls