Starring Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Kathryn Hahn, Celia Keenan-Bolger
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
2015 / 94 Minutes / Universal Pictures
Ugh. One of the reasons I enjoyed the film Creep (check out my review) was because it made me so uncomfortable in spots that I couldn’t help but laugh. I think this is what M. Night was going for here and it did work a couple times, but then there were attempts at actual jokes and comedy that REALLY didn’t work for me.
Essentially two children go to visit their grandparents they haven’t seen in a while and then kooky shenanigans start happening because Gran & Pops are either evil or going senile. Kind of offensive to old people? I hated the children, the main protagonists in this film, SO MUCH.
From the horror podcasts I listen to and reviews I’ve read online, people are considering this to have put M. Night back into the game. I don’t get it. I think he’s a great director, he has great visual style, but he has to be one of the worst screenwriters working today. This was an angry watch for me.