The Visit (2015 American film)

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The Visit
The Visit (2015 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Produced by
Written by M. Night Shyamalan
Starring
Cinematography Maryse Alberti
Edited by Luke Ciarrocchi
Production
companies
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • August 30, 2015 (2015-08-30) (Dublin)
  • September 11, 2015 (2015-09-11) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5 million[2]
Box office $98.5 million[3]

The Visit is a 2015 American found footage horror film written, co-produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan,[4] and starring Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, and Kathryn Hahn.

The film was released in North America on September 11, 2015 by Universal Pictures. The film received overall mixed to positive reviews, and some viewed it as a comeback for Shyamalan. It was a box office success, grossing $98.5 million worldwide against its $5 million budget.

Plot[edit]

Two siblings from Philadelphia, 15-year-old Becca and 13-year-old Tyler, prepare for a five-day visit with their grandparents while their divorced mother Loretta goes on a cruise with her boyfriend. Loretta reveals that she has not spoken to her parents in 15 years after marrying her high school teacher, of whom her parents disapproved. Having never met their grandparents, the teenagers intend to record a documentary film about their visit using a camcorder.

Becca and Tyler meet their grandparents, referred to as "Nana" and "Pop Pop", at a train station. When they arrive at their isolated farmhouse, Becca and Tyler are instructed to never go into the basement because it contains mold, and that bedtime is at 9:30 every evening, after which they shouldn't leave their room. The first night, an hour past curfew, Becca ventures downstairs for something to eat and sees Nana projectile vomiting all over the house, which frightens her. She tells Pop Pop, who dismisses it as Nana having the stomach flu. He then reminds her not to leave their bedroom after 9:30 pm.

Over the next few days, Becca and Tyler notice their grandparents exhibiting more strange and disturbing behavior. Tyler walks into Pop Pop's shed and finds a huge pile of soiled adult diapers. Becca asks Nana about the day Loretta left home, and Nana begins to shake and scream. Later, Pop Pop and Nana are confronted by a woman they helped in counseling, and she goes into the backyard with them but is never seen leaving. Concerned about the events, Tyler decides to secretly film what happens downstairs at night, but Nana discovers the hidden camera, retrieves a large knife, and tries unsuccessfully to break into the children's locked bedroom.

When Becca and Tyler view the camera footage of Nana with the knife, they contact Loretta and beg her to come get them. They show her images of her parents, and she panics and says they are not her parents. Realizing that they have been with strangers all week, the teenagers try to leave the house, but Nana and Pop Pop trap them inside and force them to play Yahtzee. Later, Becca sneaks into the basement and finds the corpses of her real grandparents, along with uniforms from the mental hospital at which they worked, revealing the impostors as escaped patients. Pop Pop grabs Becca and imprisons her in his bedroom with Nana, who tries to eat her. He then starts to torment Tyler psychologically by smearing his face with his dirty diaper. Becca fatally stabs Nana with a glass shard from a broken mirror, then runs into the kitchen and attacks Pop Pop. As Pop Pop starts to gain the upper hand, Tyler knocks him to the floor and kills him by repeatedly slamming the refrigerator door onto his head. The teens escape outside unharmed, where they are met by their mother and police officers.

In the aftermath, Becca asks Loretta about what happened the day she left home. Loretta states that she had a major argument with her parents, during which she hit her mother and was then struck by her father. Loretta then left home and ignored their attempts to contact her. Loretta concludes that reconciliation was always possible had she wanted it. She then tells Becca not to hold on to anger over her father's abandonment.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming began on February 19, 2014, under the preliminary title Sundowning.[6] Sundowning is the increased restlessness and confusion of some dementia patients during the afternoon and evening.[7] M. Night Shyamalan's Blinding Edge Pictures was the production company, with Shyamalan and Marc Bienstock producing, and Steven Schneider and Ashwin Rajan as executive producers.[8][9] Later on, producer Jason Blum and his company Blumhouse Productions were included in the credits.[10] Although thousands of American children were auditioned for the film's two lead roles of Becca and Tyler, in what Shyamalan later characterized as a "total fluke", he eventually selected a pair of relatively unknown Australian juvenile actors, Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould, to portray the film's dual Philadelphia-native teenage protagonists.[11][12]

Shyamalan admitted that he had trouble keeping the tone for the film consistent during the editing phase, telling Bloody Disgusting that the first cut of the film resembled an art house film more than a horror film. A second cut went in the opposite direction and the film became a comedy. He eventually struck a middle balance and cut the film as a thriller, which, according to him, helped tie the different elements together as they "could stay in service of the movie".[13]

Music[edit]

There is no film score for most of the film, as is common for found footage films. Paul Cantelon is credited for "epilogue theme". A few songs are heard during the film.

Release[edit]

Universal began The Visit's theatrical wide release in the United States on September 11, 2015.[14] On April 17, 2015, the first official trailer was released to theaters, attached to the film Unfriended, and it was released online later that week.[10][15] The film premiered in the Republic of Ireland on August 30, 2015, in a special screening that was attended by Shyamalan.[16]

Home media[edit]

The Visit was released on Blu-ray and DVD on January 5, 2016.[17]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The Visit grossed over $65.2 million in the United States and Canada and over $33.2 million in other territories for a worldwide total of over $98.4 million, against a budget of $5 million.[3]

The film grossed $25.4 million in its opening weekend, finishing second at the box office behind The Perfect Guy by just $460,000.[18]

Critical response[edit]

The Visit received mixed reviews from critics.[19] On Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds an approval rating of 65%, based on 211 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Visit provides horror fans with a satisfying blend of thrills and laughs – and also signals a welcome return-to-form for writer-director M. Night Shyamalan."[20] On Metacritic the film has a score of 55 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[21] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B-" on an A+ to F scale.[22]

Scott Mendelson from Forbes called Shyamalan's film a "deliciously creepy and funny little triumph". He also wrote, "The Visit is the one we've been waiting for, folks. It's good. Oh my word, is it good. But more importantly, it is excellent in that specific way that reminds us why M. Night Shyamalan was once such a marvel. It is richly humanistic, filled with individually sketched characters that often sparkle with wit and surprising decency."[23] In The New York Times, Manohla Dargis described the film as "an amusingly-grim fairy tale". Shyamalan has gone back to basics, "with a stripped-down story and scale, a largely-unknown (excellent) cast and one of those classically-tinged tales of child peril that have reliably spooked audiences for generations".[24] She, along with other critics,[25][26] saw the film as a modern-day version of the classic fairytale Hansel and Gretel.

In his column for The Observer, Mark Kermode panned the film, saying it may be worse than Lady in the Water. He wrote, "Is it meant to be a horror film? Or a comedy? The publicity calls it 'an original thriller' but it is neither of those things. Only 'endurance test' adequately describes the ill-judged shenanigans that ensue."[27] Mike McCahill gave the film one star (out of five) in his review for The Guardian, and said it was "[d]ull, derivative and flatly unscary."[28]

Accolades[edit]

Award Category Subject Result
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Wide Release Film M. Night Shyamalan Nominated
Worst Film Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Deanna Dunagan 3rd place
Fright Meter Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Golden Raspberry Award The Razzie Redeemer Award M. Night Shyamalan Nominated
Golden Schmoes Award Best Horror Movie of the Year Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Youth Performance Ed Oxenbould Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Performance by a Youth Nominated
Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Rondo Statuette for Best Movie M. Night Shyamalan Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Horror Film Nominated
Best Performance by a Younger Actor Olivia DeJonge Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Visit". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved August 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Visit (2015) - Financial Information". The-numbers.com. January 21, 2015. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
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  4. ^ "M. Night Shyamalan's next thriller 'The Visit' set for 2015 release". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "The Visit also stars Erica Lynne Marszalek, Peter McRobbie, Olivia DeJonge, Deanna Dunagan, Benjamin Kanes, Jon Douglas Rainey, Brian Gildea, Shawn Gonzalez, Richard Barlow, Steve Annan, and Michael Mariano". BD. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ Billington, Alex (February 26, 2014). "M. Night Shyamalan is Now Filming Microbudget Horror 'Sundowning'". FirstShowing.net. 
  7. ^ Khachiyants N, Trinkle D, Son SJ, Kim KY (2011). "Sundown syndrome in persons with dementia: an update". Psychiatry Investig. 8: 275–87. doi:10.4306/pi.2011.8.4.275. PMC 3246134Freely accessible. PMID 22216036. 
  8. ^ Anderton, Ethan (March 24, 2014). "M. Night Shyamalan's Low Budget 'Sundowning' Plot & Cast Revealed". FirstShowing.net. 
  9. ^ Sneider, Jeff (March 21, 2014). "M. Night Shyamalan's 'Sundowning' Stars Kathryn Hahn, Ed Oxenbould (Exclusive)". Thewrap.com. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Michelle McCue (April 18, 2015). "M. Night Shyamalan's THE VISIT Trailer Attached To UNFRIENDED; First Poster In Theaters". We Are Movie Geeks. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  11. ^ Sue Yeap (September 24, 2015). "Scary fun at Nana's place". The West Australian. Retrieved January 2, 2016. 
  12. ^ Neala Johnson (September 15, 2015). "How Aussie kids Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould survived the scares of M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit". The News Corp Australia Network. Retrieved January 2, 2016. 
  13. ^ "[Interview] M. Night Shyamalan On 'The Visit,' His First True Horror Film!". Bloody-Disgusting. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  14. ^ "M. Night Shyamalan's 'The Visit' Has "Disturbing Thematic Material"". BD. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
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  17. ^ "The Visit (2015) Release Dates". Movie Insider. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  18. ^ Busch, Anita. "'The Perfect Guy' Edges Out 'The Visit' To Take No. 1 — B.O. Final". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  19. ^ "The Perfect Guy' scares off 'The Visit' at Friday's box office". LA Times.com. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
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  21. ^ "The Visit reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 4, 2015. 
  22. ^ "'The Perfect Guy' Scores On Date Night, 'The Visit' Stays Strong – B.O. Friday". deadline.com. 
  23. ^ "M. Night Shyamalan's 'The Visit' Is A Glorious Return To Form". Forbes. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Review: 'The Visit' Is 'Hansel and Gretel' With Less Candy and More Camcorders". The New York Times. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  25. ^ Murphy, Kathleen (September 10, 2015). "Film Review: The Visit". Retrieved February 4, 2017. 
  26. ^ O'Malley, Sheila. "The Visit Movie Review & Film Summary (2015) - Roger Ebert". Retrieved February 4, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Review: 'ill-judged shenanigans from M Night Shyamalan'". The Guardian. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Review: 'M Night Shyamalan's found-footage loser'". The Guardian. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 

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