M. Night Shyamalan's Unexpected Twist: A Review of The Visit

News - 28 November 2023
Director M. Night Shyamalan, known for his work on popular films such as The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Split, and Glass, is known for his ability to create films with unexpected plot twists. This trend continues in his 2015 film, The Visit.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!nnThe Visit utilizes the found footage style of filmmaking, lending an air of realism to the story. The film stars Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, and Kathryn Hahn in lead roles. Shyamalan usually makes cameo appearances in his films, but interestingly, he does not make an appearance in The Visit.

nnPlot summary:nThe film follows siblings Rebecca (played by DeJonge) and Tyler (played by Oxenbould) as they visit their estranged grandparents on their farm while their mother Loretta (played by Hahn) goes on a cruise. Rebecca and Tyler have never met their grandparents, and their mother has been estranged from her parents for fifteen years. As the siblings spend time on the farm, they begin to notice strange behavior from their grandparents and set out to uncover the truth behind the eerie happenings.

They use hidden cameras to document their findings.nnTwist:nAs Rebecca and Tyler delve deeper into the mystery, they discover that their supposed grandparents are actually two escaped mental patients who had taken on the identities of the real grandparents, who had tragically met their demise in the basement of the house. This unexpected twist adds a layer of complexity to the story and leaves viewers reeling with shock.

nnEditing challenges:nShyamalan faced difficulties during the editing process of The Visit. The initial versions of the film veered too much into arthouse territory or comedy, straying from the intended horror tone. Despite these challenges, The Visit found success at the box office, grossing $98.

4 million. While the film may not reach the heights of Shyamalan's other works, it marked a fresh start for the director after a series of disappointments.nnAvailability:nUnfortunately, The Visit is not currently available on streaming platforms.

However, viewers can rent or purchase the film on Prime Video to experience its chilling twists and turns.