Review by Monique Thompson
Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and younger brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) say goodbye to their mother as they board a train and head deep into Pennsylvania farm country to meet their maternal grandparents for the first time. Welcomed by Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie), all seems well until the siblings start to notice increasingly strange behavior from the seemingly charming couple.
The dreaded trip to Grandma’s that many children hate has just gotten creepier on film. In the thriller/horror flick The Visit, siblings Becca and Tyler are somewhat enthused about spending a week with their mother’s parents, only to find out there’s some crazy behavior going on after dark.
While the trailer for the film is quite frightening, what’s interesting is how funny this turns out to be. However, don’t take that to mean this thriller lacks shock value; we are talking about a M. Night Shyamalan piece of work. Many moments in the film will have you clinching with suspense and a little bit of fear at the same time but you’re in for a few giggles. Oxenbauld’s character is the obnoxious little brother that thinks he’s a chick magnet and an aspiring rapper. His wit, confidence, and sarcasm equals some of the funniest catch phrases that almost make you forget this is technically a horror movie. Dunagan’s portrayal of the seemingly senile grandmother is perfectly done. Everything from the way she walks and talks down too her facial expressions balance out the funnies and will certainly leave the viewer with a creepy feeling. With the humor added to the storyline, it’s a definite mask to what could be predictable moments if everything was just straight melodramatic acting. M. Night Shyamalan’s decision to add more funny to a horror flick such as this was a brilliant idea and makes for a pretty descent movie worth seeing this fall.
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