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The Visit

  • 2015
  • PG-13
  • 94min
  • 66%
  • 6.2 / 10

The plot focuses on two teenagers, Becca and Tyler, who are sent to stay with their grandparents for a week while their mother is away. The two siblings have never met their grandparents before, and as the movie unfolds, it turns out that things are not as they seem. The bulk of the movie takes place in a house in a rural farm area, away from civilization -- adding to the ambiance, as well as the feeling of loneliness and the unknown. The children are not safe and must fight to escape from their suddenly dangerous situation.

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The movie uses found footage via camcorder to great effect, adding a sense of realism to the clues the teens find, and making their situation seem all the more dire. The bulk of the film itself is shown in a more traditional style, and the mixture of the two is a unique take on the genre, and works to set the film apart from Shyamalan's previous work. Also relying less on pure plot twists, and leaning more toward classic thriller pacing and tension, the movie is elevated beyond his prior films like Signs or The Happening. Though the movie received only middling reviews from critics, it performed quite well in its theatrical run, making nearly $100 million in total, against its $5 million budget. A good turnout for the found footage genre, despite not being a standout success in horror.

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The Visit is a found footage horror film. It was produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, well-known for The Sixth Sense and Signs. The movie stars Olivia Dejonge, Deanna Dunagan, and Ed Oxenbould, among others. The film premiered on September 11, 2015, gaining mixed to positive reviews, with some seeing it as a comeback for Shyamalan. The movie earned $98.5 million from its $5 million production budget.

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