By Sean Gardner
M. Knight Shyamalan (also not so affectionately known as Shyamalamadingdong and the Sham Hammer) burst onto the Hollywood landscape 20 years ago with the stellar The Sixth Sense. However, having since made such atrocities as Lady in the Water, The Last Airbender, and After Earth, it’s pretty much been downhill since.
The Visit, is Shyamalan’s return to form, kind of, in the horror genre that made him a star. It is not as good as The Sixth Sense or Signs, but it is certainly the best he’s done since then.
Filled with mostly no name actors, it is unique from any other Shyamalan film. It is not necessarily “found footage” in the traditional sense of the genre. It is more like a mockumentary. Yet, despite the uniqueness, it is distinctly “Shyamalanian.”
It is weird, creepy, and actually a lot of fun. As is customary in other Shyamalan films, there is a twist. I won’t spoil it. It is effective, although it is pretty easy to figure out.
If you are a fan of Shyamalan’s earlier work, you should check out The Visit for some crazy, off the wall suspense.