Visiting your grandparents might never be the same. M. Night Shyamalan's new film, "The Visit," is a thriller about two kids, Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and Tyler (Ed Oxenbould), who go off and visit their estranged grandparents ... only to find there's something wrong with Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie).
While many feel Shyamalan lost his touch with horror/thriller films, "The Visit" has received many positive reviews so far and could be worth checking out. However, before you head to the theater this weekend, here are four things you should know about "The Visit":
1. Shyamalan's Eleventh Film: "The Visit" will be the eleventh film Shyamalan has directed. The director became well known after the success of 1999's "The Sixth Sense," and the famous twist ending in the movie. He also gained acclaim for "Unbreakable" and "Signs." However, positive reviews about his films started to fade when he released "The Village" in 2004 and "Lady in the Water" in 2006. "The Visit" will be Shyamalan's first thriller since 2008's "The Happening." He will look to make a strong comeback for himself with "The Visit," not only in the thriller genre, but also in Hollywood.
2. Found Footage: "The Visit" was filmed as a found footage style movie, meaning what the viewers see on screen is through the camera of one of the characters, as if what you're seeing is what the character is filming. In "The Visit," the grandchildren will be recording their visit with their grandparents on film as things start to get weird and scary. The technique has been used in many movies over the years including "The Blair Witch Project," "Paranormal Activity," "Cloverfield" and "Chronicle."
3. Comedy Mixed With Scares: Shyamalan uses a combination of laughs and scares in "The Visit." The director told Deadline he essentially uses a rhythm of “comedy scare, comedy scare."
"Then the laughing and the screaming — they get close together, until there’s a 180 and you’re laughing and screaming at the same time," he dished.
Producer Jason Blum added that the use of humor will disarm and relax viewers. "That’s a very specific tone to strike and it’s virtually impossible to sell in the market. I think having humor in a scary movie is important, but you can’t keep someone at the edge of your seat. It’s hard to do well,” said Blum. Blum is known for producing the horror films "Paranormal Activity," "The Purge," "Insidious," and "Sinister."
4. Filmed In 30 Days: According to Business Insider, Shyamalan filmed "The Visit," in 30 days with a $5 million budget and 25 crew members. He wanted to shoot the movie fast, just as he directed the pilot episode of Fox's "Wayward Pines." "'Wayward Pines' really gave me a sense of how to shoot fast and with a kind of leaner, tighter mentality because that’s what TV demands,” he said. Shyamalan also personally financed the $5 million for the movie himself.
"The Visit" hits theaters Friday, Sept. 11. Watch the trailer below: