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The Visit (2015)

The Visit (2016)

Well this was different. Both creepy and comical, a weird blend, a documentary style movie as filmed through the eyes of a couple of teenagers, a girl and a boy - siblings, visiting their grandparents for the first time ever.

Relations between their mom and their grandparents aren't as great as they could be - they've been distanced since she was young, so to both help their mom get out of the house (to meet a guy, maybe - she's going on a cruise), and to learn about their heritage they take the initiative to spend a week with their grandparents. To document, and learn, and hopefully get the family back together again!

It all starts great. Their grandparents seem like good people, but bedtime's 9:30, and after 9:30... weird things start happening in the house. And there's definitely something weird going on with those grandparents... sun-lighting, and incontinence, is that really all it is? Disturbing, creepy, scary eventually, but oddly comical in between.

Only after I'd watched the movie did I read this was made by the same guy who did Signs, Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense - wonder if I'd have been as positively surprised if I knew that from the start. Though it's a movie filmed as if by amateurs, it's all very professionally tied together. The documentary-style filming is spontaneous and fresh, and the two main characters are a usually likable pair, with plenty of personality. And the grandparents... they're pretty crazy! The transition from fun to uncertain to fear is masterful, and the clues add up slowly, slowly, slowly... until it all goes mad. They claim it's to Grandparents as Jaws was to Sharks... and that is a pretty fitting catchphrase! Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle


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