Friday, September 11, 2015

The Visit

Rated PG-13 / 1 hr 34 min / Horror - Comedy

What is it about?

Becca and Tyler are trying to help out their single mother by giving her a vacation from their constant whining. Parents of kids who just went back to school can relate. While their mother is off on a cruise drinking her face off with her 'most chest hair' award winning boyfriend, the kids are visiting their grandparents. Becca has another motive for the trip. She is making a documentary about the family which she hopes will involve a lot of disco dancing. Her brother is there to help with his sick rhymes. The first night they begin to suspect something is wrong when Nanna starts acting as if Cthulu is tickling her nethers.

You will like it if...

You like horror films with sarcastic characters that keep it entertaining between scares. The acting in this film is fantastic. Even though there are parts that are cheesy enough to sprinkle on your spaghetti, the grandparents stick to their creepy sweet persona. The kids act like real kids rather than kid's faces drawn in crayon on paper bags. When they get scared you can feel it, and sometimes they will react with uncomfortable sarcasm. It kind of reminds me of the first two Evil Dead movies (the ones with Bruce Campbell). The film embraces its campiness and a few of the lines are sure to be quoted by friends. Most of the scares in the film are of the jump variety, so bring your Kris Kross references. The overall creepiness of the grandparents adds to the ambiance like candles to an awkward first date. Throw in a M. Night Shyamalan twist at the end and you have a very entertaining movie. The Visit is right up there with The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable as one of his best films to date. Wayward Pines along with this film are slowly repairing his reputation built up by terrible movies like The Happening, The Village, Signs, etc.. I hope the trend continues. The Visit ends up being an unexpected treat for those of us who enjoy campy horror.

Next Week

Black Mass, Everest, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and/or Sicario. Lots of choices next week, so vote in the comments or I'll go to the one with the most Youtube views.

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