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The Visit (2015)

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Two siblings become increasingly frightened by their grandparents' disturbing behavior while visiting them on vacation.


M. Night Shyamalan
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Complete credited cast:
Olivia DeJonge ... Becca
Ed Oxenbould ... Tyler
Deanna Dunagan ... Nana
Peter McRobbie ... Pop Pop
Kathryn Hahn ... Mom
Celia Keenan-Bolger ... Stacey
Samuel Stricklen Samuel Stricklen ... Conductor
Patch Darragh ... Dr. Sam
Jorge Cordova ... Miguel
Steve Annan ... Man on the Street
Benjamin Kanes ... Dad
Ocean James ... Young Becca
Seamus Moroney ... Young Tyler


Two children spend a week at their grandparents' house while their single mom goes on a relaxing vacation with her boyfriend. Becca decides to film a documentary about her grandparents to help her mom reconnect with her parents, and to find out some things about her parents as well. While filming, Becca and her little brother Tyler discover a dark secret about their grandparents.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


No one loves you like your grandparents See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including terror, violence and some nudity, and for brief language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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[first lines]
Mom: At the end of high school, I fell in love with a substitute English teacher. It was quite a scandal. Corin didn't start out a bad guy, though. We were together about 10 years and we had two kids. And then he fell in love with someone in a Starbucks, and moved to Palo Alto, California. Kind of severed relations with the three of us. My parents, if I were defending them, which I'm not, had said, back in the day, that he had an "impatient eye."They didn't like him. Week I left, things...
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In the FX broadcast, to keep the TV-14 rating, the defecation featured in the movie are censored. In addition, two scenes involving nudity is blurred out. See more »


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oh Shyamalan... why do you keep mis-marketing your movies?
8 September 2015 | by timthunnissenSee all my reviews

As you would have probably guessed from the trailer, this is a found footage(-ish) movie. And let me tell you right of the bat... this is one of the best found footage movies i have ever seen!!

Really, i created an account on IMDb, just to write my opinion about this movie to you. And you know why: because shyamalan completely mis-marketed his movie, again! Of his past movies, the village is the best example of one of his mis-marketings. People who went to see it were expecting a horror/thriller and people were excited for it! But what they eventually got was a romance movie, and that is where the hatred started. Okay, his movies from lady in the water through after earth were horrendous, but i thought the village actually was a decent romance movie; beautifully shot, great set design, great actors and so on. Whether you liked it or not, the mis-marketing of the village was the main reason for all the hate it got, and i'm afraid that this is exactly what is going to happen with his new movie 'the visit'.

In the trailer, the visit is marketed as yet again another found footage movie, with all the cliché's and what not. When i went to see the visit, i was expecting exactly that and had really low expectations. Instead, what i got was a interesting, tense movie with lots of humour and a smart moral centre. Shyamalan is fully aware of what he is doing as he subletly ridicules movies within the same genre.

The story starts off as brother (tyler) and sister (becca) are going on a trip to visit their grandparents. Because of the bad relationship the mother of the two kids has with the grandparents, becca and tyler have never met them. Before they go on their trip, becca decides to make a documentary about their visit to their grandparents and film the whole trip. that's where the camera footage comes in.

Right from the start i was intrigued by the characters. Both of the kids have interesting personalities and have great chemistry together. The grandparents are great too, during the movie you are constantly questioning their behaviour. Are they just experiencing some elderly/mental illness, or is there something else going on? The movie can get pretty creepy, and the grandparents play a good part in that. It is one of the aspects that makes the movie so great, it keeps you interested as you want to find out what is going on.

Apart from the tensity and the characters, the best part of the movie is it's humour. The kids are hilarious and are constantly making fun of the weird behaviour that their grandparents are showing. Even some of the 'scary' scenes aren't meant to be that scary, as the movie constantly has some subtle comedic vibe over it, and it's clear that shyamalan is doing it on purpose. Me and the rest of the theatre were laughing our asses off, even during some of the 'scary' parts. Although the movie is pretty funny, it doesn't get too ridiculous. The behaviour of te kids stays believable and natural during the movie, which is why the movie holds op as a comedy as well as a horror. During the movie, you're constantly expect something to happen, but instead the opposite happens. Shymalan is kind of teasing with your expectations you got from watching other movies in the same genre. The movie is free of most of the horror movie cliché's that you've come to hate. For example: no f*#$ing jumpscares, or at least barely.

To top it all off, the movie has a surprisingly heartfelt moral centre. There are some back stories about the past and what the family has gone through, which lead to pretty emotional moments with a message that a lot of people can learn a thing or two about.

All in all; i loved this movie! I was pleasantly surprised with the direction it took. It got me scared, excited, emotional and laughing out loud. There aren't many movies that can accomplish that! And guys, don't get fooled by the trailer and don't get fooled by bad reviews from people who were expecting a scary horror movie but instead got something completely different (just like in the village). Go see for yourself and then form your own opinion about it. Shyamalan has completely redeemed himself in my books, he still has it in him!


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Release Date:

11 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sundowning See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,427,560, 13 September 2015

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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