A new thriller at the theater

Published 7:00 am Friday, September 25, 2015

My dad is an avid lover of scary, action and psychological thriller movies.
However, my mom is not and that means my dad will invite me to the movies to see the latest films in his favorite genres, well, within reason.
I usually go because, first, I enjoy our father/daughter time and, second, I can’t resist movie theater popcorn.
Last weekend we went to see M. Night Shyamalan’s newest film, “The Visit.”
For me, his movies are hit or miss. I enjoyed “The Sixth Sense” and “The Village” is most probably my favorite film of his. But, “The Happening,” I felt, was a huge failure for the talented writer and director.
I didn’t watch a preview for “The Visit”, all I knew was that the plot concerned two children who visit their grandparents for a week.
I was very surprised at how much I liked it. There was nothing supernatural about the plot, just good old-fashioned crazy.
There were many moments when I closed my eyes, the audience screamed loudly and my dad even jumped during one scene, which I won’t let him live down anytime soon.
For me, there is nothing more interesting than the human psyche. I enjoy watching a film that attempts to explore the many psychological ailments that affect people and cause them to do horrible things.
I believe we all suffer psychologically at some point in our lives.
Either we are born with it or experience some type of trauma that triggers an illness.
Either way, it’s a fascinating subject. One I wish I delved into more during my college years.
The scariest part about “The Visit” was the plot is something that could in fact happen in real life.
In my opinion, that’s what makes a good scary movie. Writers don’t need aliens, supernatural creatures or zombies to make people scream.
In my opinion, it was a great movie with great actors and is worth checking out.

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