The Visit follows the story of two young siblings, Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and Tyler (Ed Oxenbould). Their mum (Kathryn Hahn) has had a rough relationship with her parents (Deanna Dunagan and Peter McRobbie) ever since she moved out at the age of 19. She hasn't spoken to them in 15 years. But her parents contact her online, hoping to finally get a chance to meet their grandkids. Their mum allows it, sending Becca and Tyler off for the week. Becca, being an aspiring filmmaker, decides she wants to document the week, hoping to mend the wounds formed between her mum and her grandma. Not long after arriving, the two of them suspect that something's up. Despite a 9:30 curfew, the two go out and take a look around, and that's where all the fun begins.
The film's first two acts are a slow build, raising the stakes, the tension and the elderly nudity levels. I was pleased to see two of those. The first two acts aren't necessarily scary, though. My heart may not have been racing, but I was certainly invested in what was going on. I was curious as to what their grandparents were up to and why they were acting the way they were. Then the third act kicks in, and I was on the edge of my seat. One of the final scenes between Tyler and his grandpa may make you feel more uncomfortable than you'd like to be, but the rest is good old Shyamalan fun. Where's that been the last decade?
Also surprising is the fact that Shyamalan has incorporated a twisted sense of humour into the film. There are moments where I wanted to laugh, and was on the brink of laughter, but wasn't quite sure if I should or not. But the humour never takes away from the scares. It actually helps to improve them, evening out the tension before providing us with moments where you're not sure if you should keep watching or turn away. And as a matter of fact, my friend did. He refused to watch. The film isn't gory, but it's certainly grotesque, and it's also odd. Very, very odd. There are some things in this film that.... man, I don't even know how to explain what I just watched.