I recently watched The Visit with my youngest daughter. She’s only ten, but she loves horror films. She’s the only one in our family that will watch horror movies with me. The Visit isn’t like the typical horror film where there is a serial killer or ghosts/demons that torment the characters in the story. There are strange things that happen in the movie, but nothing that I would consider really, really scary. However, there is tension through out the story and the ending is horrific. The movie starts off slow, but I got into the story as it progressed. I was also impressed with the way various story elements were woven together. The Visit is available now in digital HD. The movie will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, January 5th. Continue reading to learn five things about the movie. BTW, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment sent me the Blu-ray to review on my blog.
Five Things About The Visit
The story of grandma’s house
The Visit is basically about two kids who goes to grandma’s house. The grandparents had a falling out with the kids’ mother a long time ago. As a result, the grandparents and grandkids have never met or spoken to each other. The grandparents eventually track down their family, and the grandkids agree to visit them. So the grandkids hop on a train and visit their grandparents… and then their strange adventure begins.
There is an unexpected twist like The Sixth Sense
For most of the story, we follow two kids who are making a documentary about their visit to their grandparents’ farm. Strange things happen while the kids are there, but everything is explained away. But then in a twist near the end of the story, the real reason for the oddities is revealed. There were no ghosts or dead people walking around, but the twist kinda reminded me of The Sixth Sense.
The stars are kids
The two main characters were played by Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould. Olivia is the older sister, Becca. Ed is the younger brother, Tyler. Other cast members include Deanna Dunagan (Nana), Peter McRobbie (Pop Pop), Kathryn Hahn (Mom), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Stacey), Samuel Stricklen (conductor), Patch Darragh (Dr. Sam), Jorge Cordova (Miguel), Steve Annan (man on the street), Benjamin Kanes (dad), Ocean James (young Becca), and Seamus Moroney (young Tyler). The Visit was directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
The Visit is rated PG-13
The film is rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including terror, violence and some nudity, and for brief language. The movie wasn’t as scary as I thought it was going to be. However, there is a lot of tension that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Bonus features are included
The combo pack includes the 94-minute movie on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD. In addition, both the DVD and Blu-ray packaging includes the following special features:
- Alternate Ending
- Deleted Scenes
- The Making of The Visit
- Becca’s Photos
More info: The Visit Blu-ray