The Visit – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 62% (Critics) / 67% (Audience)
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan
Written By: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie and Kathryn Hahn
Studio: Universal Pictures
Synopsis: The terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day. – (Source)


The Good:
There was one scene that I can honestly say I enjoyed and it was when a dirty diaper was smashed into the face of an obnoxious, germ-phobic, tween white rapper. I actually laughed out loud.

The Bad:
This was a rough time at the old movie theater for me because nothing about this movie was enjoyable. It fails on all levels: as a horror movie, as a found footgae film, as a comeback vehicle for Shyamalan. Everything about this movie is terrible and I am astounded that anyone could watch what I watched and not be just as disappointed with the final product.
And as for the prerequisite “Shyamalan Twist”, the one in THE VISIT is so underwhelming in execution that I can’t believe any clear thinking human being would come up with it and be pleased enough to keep it in the script.

The Ugly:
I am still trying to figure out what combination of hubris, lack of imagination and illicit drugs made M. Knight Shyamalan think that a couple mentally unbalanced octogenarians are scary enough to base an entire horror movie around.

Final Verdict: This movie is just dreadful. Avoid it at all cost.

Grade: F

5 thoughts on “The Visit – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

  1. I was hoping that this would be the beginning of a comeback for Shyamalan. After seeing the trailer I began having my doubts. After reading your review my doubts are confirmed. It sounds like you took one for the team, Butters…I mean, Derek.


      1. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. How is someone still funding his films?


    1. I don’t know. I was still giving him the benefit of the doubt but this movie killed all the good will I was still holding for him.


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