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)
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.
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.
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.