Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:30 am
I finally watched The Visit recently. Generally I think the found-footage genre is past its prime, although... I do remember a scene in M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs that made clever use of a camcorder's limited viewpoint. And here too, we get specifically framed glimpses of creepiness.
The subtly disturbing encounters intrigued me, especially when things kicked into gear during the final act. There are moments of tension, and behaviors so bizarre you have to assume they are meant to be comedic. But very black comedy. I often starting to chuckle, but then immediately felt bad for laughing.
It’s rare to have a film make me feel amusement, fear and pity at the same time. The Visit sure has a uniquely disquieting vibe. It's fun but will also make you feel uneasy. It seems Shyamalan’s still got it.