Another Friday is here and we are that much closer to Halloween! This weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada so I’m preparing myself for some gorging and some sweet sweet hangs with the family. I’m also preparing myself to start an incredible DIY project that I’ve been collecting supplies for for a while. I hinted about it a couple weeks ago and it’s finally time to put the plan into motion. You guys should be excited. Anyways, that’s not why you’re here today. You’re here today for an awesome Halloween movie recommendation and boy-oh-boy do I have one.
First things first, I have three movies that I’ve already reviewed that I’m going to recommend for your Halloween movie marathon (if you’re having one):
Now, on with the main recommendation: The Visit. Now, I rarely (if ever, come to think of it) recommend movies that are still in theatres for my Friday night recommendations. Mostly because these recommendations are for snuggling on the couch with pizza and beers. This week however, I just needed to recommend this movie. I saw it last week and it’s the perfect addition to this Halloween movie series.
The Visit is about two kids that decide to visit their grandparents for the first time. Their mother had a falling out with her parents fifteen years earlier and hasn’t seen them since. An aspiring filmmaker, the daughter, Becca (Olivia DeJonge), has decided to film the experience and make a documentary. Her brother, Tyler (Ed Oxenbould), who is an aspiring rapper, helps her out with the filming and annoys her as only a little brother can.
M. Night Shyamalan is back in full force with this movie. It plays off of so many childhood fears and uses snippets of classic fairytales and stories as a vehicle for the action. There are hints of Hansel and Gretel, some werewolf lore, witches… it’s all there. It plays on childhood fears of the dark, night, strangers, losing family and the elderly because, really who wasn’t afraid of the creepy old lady at the end of the street who never left her house? Shyamalan weaves all of these elements together so well and throws in so much more for us to hold onto.
Becca and Tyler are such endearing characters and DeJonge and Oxenbould were cast so well. One of the best things about this film is the comedy. There are some really funny moments in this movie, which makes the scares all the more jarring. The humour is mostly derived from Tyler, who is such a treat. His rapping is actually pretty good and his substitution of pop star names with curse words is hilarious. This movie will have you laughing almost as much as it will have you hiding behind a blanket. Similarly, Peter McRobbie and Deanna Dunagan are equally charming and terrifying as Pop Pop and Nana. There were great casting choices all around in this film
My only critic of this movie would be the heavy handed approach that Shyamalan takes when dealing with Tyler and Becca’s emotional distress over their father. There is undoubtedly a lot of emotional trauma from dealing with something like they’ve gone through with their father abandoning them but the interviews that they have come across as a little contrived and the conversations weren’t believable coming from children. More subtlety would have gone a long way here. That being said, this is only a small part of a great movie.
Overall, The Visit is such a fun horror movie. It plays on the fears of childhood and it weaves such a great narrative that it almost becomes it’s own cautionary tale, it’s own Hans Christian Andersen story. It isn’t one to be missed and it is a perfect movie to go see before Halloween. Give it a watch and let me know how you like it!