A film by M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan
Night Shyamalan at the time was the director but after a while his films went down hill. Luckily he is on top again with the visit. It is a scary film but it has comedy in it. It has all the clichés like scares, dark basements, frightened children, mysterious sounds at night, no cellphone reception. Shyamalan had it film like a footage film, yes it has been done before but Shyamalan fueled it with cocaine sort of speak.
The Visit starts slowly, with Mom (Kathryn Hahn) talking to the camera about running away from home when she was 19: her parents disapproved of her boyfriend. Now she had two kids with this man who recently left them all for someone younger. Her parents cut communication with her, but now they have reached out from their snowy isolated farm and want to know their grandchildren that they have not meet ever. Mom takes the kids to the train station.
The footage is shot as well as expected the cinematography of the snow and the vast land with the isolated farm-house does the trick to introduce where the horror is going to take place. What at like is the big red chapter marker that he put in. They used it in the 70’s film as I recall. Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) want to make a documentary about their mother’s lost childhood home, a place they know well from all of her stories. At first the kids are happy to meet their grandparents for the first time. Since the start when they get in the house the grandfather says to them do not go in the basement there is mildew down there you will get sick. Classic cliché there. The two kids has done the homework about to make a film they know the mise-en-scene and frames. Each kid has a camera and goes out there and film their film. At night strange noise happens and the kids finds out to be at their grandparents it is not what it’s not what it’s cracked up to be. Each night there is a bit of a tension builder and you are trying to guess what is going on here. Yes there is a twist in the story that works well here. I love the youngest kid who steals the show who rap a nice touch here. Just enjoy the show.