“Bedtime is at 9:30. It’s probably best that you don’t come out of your room after that.”
Oh yeah, nothing at all eerie about that. No reason to suspect that something’s not quite right with Grandpa and Grandma.
When I heard that quote, taken verbatim from the trailer from M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming horror movie, The Visit, I got an odd feeling of deja vu, as if I have seen this movie before, and it wasn’t even that good then.
The Visit comes courtesy of Blumhouse Pictures, which means that it’s not only going to play–if the trailer is any indicator–like a very well-shot home movie, but to make matters worse, it’s combined with Shyamalan’s typical over-estimation of his own writing prowess.
Which isn’t to say that he hasn’t had good movies. The Sixth Sense was remarkable, and Unbreakable was pretty entertaining as well, though his others, not so much (mainly because Shyamalan can’t seem to make one without a ‘twist’ at the end, which more often than not was either pretty lame (Signs) or a ripoff of the The Twilight Zone (The Village), minus Rod Serling’s prose skills.
As a result, I get the feeling that The Visit will not overstay its welcome at the box office.