in about 100 words or less
US 94m, Colour
Director: M. Night Shyamalan; Cast: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Kathryn Hahn
A single mom looks into the camera and explains that she is reluctantly sending her children to visit their grandparents who they have never met, due to family circumstances she has yet to reveal. Unfortunately, this creepy horror film’s cleverly simple plot is ruined by its two cringeworthy hyper precocious children, who I hoped would succumb to some malicious intent only minutes into the story. Aside from the annoying adolescents, Shyamalan’s biggest mistake was his now all too familiar eleventh hour revelation. Instead, The Visit would have been far scarier if the audience had learned the film’s dark secret in the opening sequence, and let the plot unfold on its unsuspecting victims (Klaus Ming January 2016).