|THE VISIT (director/writer: M. Night Shyamalan; cinematographer: Maryse Alberti; editor: Luke Ciarrocchi; music: ; cast: Olivia DeJonge (Becca), Ed Oxenbould (Tyler), Deanna Dunagan (Nana), Peter McRobbie (Pop Pop), Kathryn Hahn (Mom) ; Runtime: 94; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer: M. Night Shyamalan/Jason Blum/Marc Bienstock; Universal; 2015)|
nerve wracking film got under my skin
without being entertaining."
by Dennis Schwartz
Night Shyamalan ("The Sixth
Sense"/"After Earth"/"Signs") writes and directs a
low-budget found footage comical horror pic, with a
twist and plenty of cheap thrills. It's a riff on the
Hansel and Gretel fairy tale. After Shyamalan's
promising start as a filmmaker in his following
films he has not lived up to those high
expectations. Though this little pic is not
particularly good, it's much better than his
recent bombs. Here he mixes black comedy with
chills, and comes up with a decent premise. My
problem is that even if his film-making talents
are apparent here and he shows a gift for handling
child actors, the nerve wracking film still got
under my skin without being entertaining.
digital camera filmmaker
Becca (Olivia DeJonge)
and her rapper younger brother Tyler (Ed
Oxenbould) accept an invite from the
maternal grand-parents they never met, Nana (Deanna
Dunagan) and Pop Pop
(Peter McRobbie), to stay a week in
the winter in their secluded Pennsylvania farm. Their
distracted single mom (Kathryn Hahn)
doesn't approve. We see her on video to open the film
telling us that she has been over-ruled by her
precocious adventure-seeking kids. Mom thereby
tells us she left home at 19 and the thirtysomething
has not seen her parents since.
seem normal until the grand-parents go ultra creepy at
night and we learn they have dark secrets that might
not be as amusing as they first seem. Granny does a
naked act and grandpa gets weird over adult diapers.
From then on don't be shocked about anything in The
REVIEWED ON 9/19/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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