Is 'The Visit' a Return to 'Sixth Sense' Form for M. Night Shyamalan?

Comedy isn’t typically known to accompany horror in movies – at least not on purpose – but in M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Visit,” both film genres seem to blend, according to most reviews.

Still, critics have mixed reactions to whether the director, whose recent efforts including “The Last Air Bender” have been widely panned, has returned to his “The Sixth Sense” form.

“The Visit” centers around a brother and sister who realize the grandparents they are visiting are up to some scary business that may prevent them from making it out alive. Some critics believe the humor  adds an excellent touch, while others say even attempted jokes can’t save this film from being awful.

Rotten Tomatoes gives the movie a 63 percent rating, and keep reading to see what other people thought.

“Turns out that Shyamalan is on the right path with ‘The Visit,’ a trippy mockumentary genre mashup that revisits such haunts as ‘Hansel and Gretel,’ ‘The Blair Witch Project’ and the ‘Paranormal Activity’ franchise.” — Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News

“‘The Visit,’ M. Night Shyamalan’s witty, crowd-jolting spook-house of an eleventh feature, is its writer-director’s best movie since the tail-end of the last Clinton era.” — Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice.

But other critics say Shyamalan is back to his bad old ways.

“Now we have ‘The Visit,’ which is another terrible Shyamalan movie that relies on people behaving in ways real people wouldn’t behave in a situation that makes no damn sense at all because otherwise there would be no story. And — also in the grand tradition of Shyamalan — there’s pretty much no story anyway.” — Maryann Johanson, Flick Filosopher 

And some were just underwhelmed despite the genre bending.

“‘The Visit’ is not a head-scratcher, like so many of Shyamalan’s movies. It’s more of a shoulder-shrug. That’s it? That’s all you’ve got?” — Jeff Baker, The Oregonian.