The Visit

M. Night Shyamalan ends a dry spell with this creepy-grandparents tale

Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan and Peter McRobbie in 'The Visit.' Credit: Universal Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

Well, it's not in the same league as The Sixth Sense, but director M. Night Shyamalan ends a long dry spell with The Visit. It's a blend of mirth and malice that combines Grimm fairy tales with the found-footage gimmick of Paranormal Activity. A mom (Kathryn Hahn) sends her two kids (Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould), both experts with digital cameras, to visit her estranged parents. It's all smiles until Grandma (Deanna Dunagan, wowza) gets naked and Grandpa (Peter McRobbie) does strange things with his adult diapers. No spoilers, except to say that cheap thrills can still be a blast. Not enough to make up for Shyamalan's awful After Earth, but it's a start.