US Release Date: 9/11/15
In M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit, the kids who visit their grandparents’ house must abide by three rules.
“I’ve seen almost every scary movie in the past decade, and it’s hard to unnerve me,” says producer Jason Blum, who has also sheparded the Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Purge and Sinister franchises to the screen. “I found The Visit to be simply terrifying. But it wasn’t just wonderfully scary. Night made a film that is so incredibly fun. That’s a rarity in the style of filmmaking and an extraordinarily difficult thing to accomplish in this genre.”
The film comes just over two years after Shyamalan’s After Earth, starring Will and Jaden Smith, crashed and burned at the box office. In an interview with Esquire, Will Smith described the film, which grossed only $243 million worldwide, as “the most painful failure in his career.”
So the filmmaker, this time around, opted for a smaller scale pic – something more in line with his indie roots.
“One day, I said, ‘We’re going to make small movies from now on,’ says Shyamalan, also the director of such titles as The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and The Lady in The Water. “There is a speed that ideas come to me, as well as a certain time that they’re meaningful to me. For a big movie that takes three years to make, it is just too long. I need to write it, make it and shoot it with the same power that came from the idea that made sense to me at that time.”
The movie concerns Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) who, for the first time in their entire lives, are visting their estranged grandparents. Both kids seem to have a knack for the arts. Becca is an amateur filmmaker who is documenting the visit, while Tyler is an aspiring rapper.
“The film strategy is to make everything look like it was by chance, and that is challenging,” reveals Night. “Two of the characters in The Visit have cameras, so it is an approach of filming two different styles to distinguish between the two.”
Night says The Visit has its own unique formatting.
“That is exciting and dangerous. The main character is a 15-year-old filmmaker who believes in the power of cinema. It is me being a kid again wondering if I believe in filmmaking as magic.”
Studio: Universal Pictures
Writer / Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Stars: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie and Kathryn Hahn
Producers: Jason Blum and Marc Bienstock
Executive Producers: Steven Schneider and Ashwin Rajan
Image Info: Copyright: © 2015 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures
Source: Press Notes