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The Visit Review: The most comedic terror of the year

Olivia DeJonge plays the role of Becca in "The Visit." (Photo courtesy Universal Pictures/TNS)

Written by Tatyana Phelps, Managing Editor

Night Shyamalan, the same director who brought us “The Sixth Sense” brings us yet another psychological thriller with “The Visit”. It may not be the scariest movie of 2015, but it can’t be denied that it is definitely a good, entertaining movie that will have your cheeks hurting from laughing. You’ll constantly have to remind yourself that it’s a horror film and not a comedy. But all jokes aside, the plot twist in the movie is one you would have never seen coming.

From the looks of the trailer, “The Visit” first appeared to be an indie-looking film with yet another predictable story line. It actually didn’t even seem to be the least bit scary, but the thriller definitely turned out to be what many were not expecting.

Just as a quick synopsis of the movie, 16-year-old Becca and her 13-year-old brother go to visit their grandparents for a week. This may sound pretty typical, as children go to spend time with their grandparents all the time. Here’s the plot twist—Becca and Tyler had never met their grandparents before. Not only that, but they really had never seen any pictures or anything of them.

Their mother had gotten into a huge fight with her parents when she was 19 years old and had not seen or talked to them since. Nonetheless, her parents contacted her and wanted to finally meet the grandchildren they thought they never had. So basically, Becca and Tyler were going to spend a week with complete strangers.

Throughout the movie, the viewer is really convinced that the grandparents are acting strange because they’re just old and have “old folk” things going on. Even if that was really the case, it would have still been pretty creepy to walk in on your grandfather with a shotgun in his mouth or seeing your grandmother running around the house naked at night. However, what was really going on was so much more intense and far beyond just “being old.”

The last twenty minutes of the movie will have you on the edge of your seat. This is when all the action in the movie happens. The Becca and Tyler have figured out their grandparents’ secret and have executed a plan to escape. But of course, things never work out that easily in a thriller.

Just like “The Sixth Sense,” “The Visit” turns really dark, really fast. The movie may have you laughing in the beginning, but once the grandparents’ secret is out, there’s no more laughing. Instead, you’ll be covering your eyes wondering what’s going to pop up on the screen next. Not to give away too much of the movie, but the scene at the end between “Pop Pop” and Tyler will have you in complete disbelief. Your jaw will literally drop down to the floor. Shyamalan really went where no director has gone before—at least not in our time.

“The Visit” may look like one of those films that you’ll just wait to get from Redbox a few months down the line, but spending $10.50 to catch it now will be well worth it.

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