Review: The Visit

Director M. Night Shyamalan is back on form with an intense thriller that will freak you out royally. With more jump-out-of-your-skin moments than I was comfortable with, this movie had me afraid to turn the lights off hours after the credits rolled.

The Visit tells the story of Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and her younger brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) who go to visit their estranged grandparents on a Pennsylvania farm. They have never met their grandparents before as their mother (Kathryn Hahn) left home at 19 after a fight with them and refused to have contact with them, until now. She sends them off to visit by train, still reluctant to meet them herself.

While their mother is on cruise with her new boyfriend, the kids try to get to know their grandparents, all while Becca films their interaction for a personal documentary (yes this is a handheld shake cam movie). Unfortunately Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie) start to act very strangely and soon both kids are unnerved. What starts out as mild dithery moments from the aging grandparents however soon turns into something more frightening altogether.

The Visit is definitely a must-see for thriller fans as I nearly jumped out of my skin more than once watching it. If you find scary old ladies (like in Insidious) terrifying, this will scare the life out of you on more than one occasion.

The Visit is out now in cinemas nationwide.

3 stars