The Visit by M Night Shyamalan, A Chiller Worth Seeing Even if You're Not a Horror Fan

The Visit is probably the most surprisingly good movie of the year. Unfortunately, most people will probably be too scared to ever go see it. But, if you can get past your initial fear of horror movies, and the super creepy trailers, you'll find it well worth the watch.

M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit is certainly creepy, and it has moments that will make you jump, but it's not your typical cheesy give you nightmares kind of scary movie. The Visit has depth, a compelling story, and one of those great twists that M. Night Shyamalan is known for.

I don't normally like scary movies. I suffer from night terrors and I don't like to add fuel to that fire so I typically avoid any movies that may leave me sleepless as a result. But, I've always liked Shyamalan's movies so I decided to give The Visit a try, and I'm really glad I did! This movie is absolutely shake your head capital C CRAZY!

The premise is that the grandparents of two teens want to meet their grandchildren after a falling out with their daughter 15 years before. They invite the children to come stay at their farm for a week. The granddaughter is an aspiring filmmaker, so she sees this as the perfect opportunity to create a documentary about the visit. Things get strange and Nana goes from baking cookies to asking the granddaughter to get in the oven. The kids don't know what's going on with their grandparents and they start to worry they may not get back home.


This is really a good movie. I recommend seeing it even if you're not a scary movie fan. I imagine we will see lots of Nana costumes at Halloween because the actress plays her perfectly.

I will warn you that some of the scenes can be a little dizzying because they are seen from the granddaughter's camera point of view. This adds a nice realism to the film, but if you're like me you may have to close your eyes through a few scenes to avoid motion sickness. Just hang in there, most those shaky scenes are at the beginning and it gets better.

As far as age appropriate, it is PG-13. This is due to brief language, pretty mild, and brief rear nudity. It is a thriller so use your best judgement on what your child is ready for, but I would say younger that 10 is probably not a good idea. Ultimately, you're the parent so your call, but really for the sake of everyone ...leave your 3 year old crier at home.

No spoilers here, but I will say that if you are a complete germaphobe, one scene may be your worst nightmare. *shudders*
Oh, and get ready for an urge to play YAHTZEE!



Disclosure: I attended a free press screening for the purpose of completing this review. All opinions expressed are my own. This site uses affiliate links.