M. Night Shyamalan is notorious para using dramatic twisted towards ns endings that his films, several of which estão pulled turn off perfectly and add an extra layer that depth to naquela sprawling story (hello, Split). Some of the director"s other offerings simply keep the audience on their toes fairly than having any sub subtext or hidden meaning. Shyamalan"s 2015 found-footage horror-comedy The Visit, which the wrote and directed, definitely fits in a latter category, aiming porque o style end substance.

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The Visit complies with 15-year-old Becca Jamison (Olivia DeJonge) e her 13-year-old brothers Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) as soon as they spend a week com their mother"s estranged parents, who live in another town. Loretta (played by WandaVision"s Kathryn Hahn) never defined to her crianças why she separated herself away from her parents, but clearly hopes a weekend could aid bring the family back together.

Although The Visit sometimes toys com themes of abandonment and fear of a unknown, it wasn"t particularly well-received by movie critics on its initial release, as numerous struggled com its bizarre comedic ton in a found-footage style. So, ~ Tyler and his camera record a number of disturbing occurrences like Nana (Deanna Dunagan) projectile-vomiting in ns middle of a night and discovering "Pop Pop""s (Peter McRobbie) hill of offered diapers, it quickly becomes clear that something isn"t right with the grandparents.


Here"s the ending of The Visit explained.


The Visit's twisted plays top top expectations


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Because Shyamalan sets increase the ideia of ns separation between Loretta and her parents very early ~ above — e doesn"t concertos their faces before Becca e Tyler fulfill them — a film immediately creates naquela false sense of security. Even more so since ns found-footage style restricts ns use of usual exposition techniques like flashbacks or various other scenes i beg your pardon would indicate that Nana and Pop popular music aren"t who they to speak they are. Audience have no reason to intend that they"re actually dois escapees from a local psychiatric facility.


The pieces all come together uma vez Becca discovers her real grandparents" corpses in the basement, along with some uniforms em ~ the psychiatric hospital. That confirms "Nana" and "Pop-Pop" escaped em ~ the institution and murdered a Jamisons since they were a similar age, make it simple to hide your whereabouts a partir de the authorities. And they would"ve gotten longe with it too, if the weren"t porque o those meddling kids.)

However, after der video call são de Loretta expose that a pair aren"t she parents, a children are forced to manter up appearances — but a unhinged duo começo to taunt the siblings. Tyler in particular is required to face his fear of germs as "Pop Pop" wipes dirty diapers in his face. The germophobia is other Shyamalan threads v Tyler"s personality throughout The Visit, and ns encounter com "Pop Pop" is naquela basic attempt of showing he"s escrito through some sort of trial-by-fire to vai over his fears.


But a Jamison kids don"t remover things lied down: they fight ago in vicious moda — der subversion of yet another expectation that young teens can would wait para adults or regulation enforcement officers to arrive prior to doing longe with your tormentors.

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By the time Becca stabs "Nana" come death e Tyler has repeatedly slammed "Pop-Pop""s head with the refrigerator door, their mother and the police dá arrive to pick up a pieces. In a last-ditch attempt at including an emotional undertone, Shyamalan reveals Loretta left casa after naquela huge argument with her parents. She hit her mother, e her father hit her in return. But Loretta defines that reconciliation was always ~ above the tabela if she had actually stopped gift so stubborn and just got to out. One could take naquela domino-effect perspective and even say that Loretta"s stubbornness about not reconnecting e her continual distance são de her parents placed them in exactly a vulnerable position they necessary to be para "Nana" and "Pop-Pop" to matando them. 


Loretta"s confession actually mirrors something "Pop-Pop" called Tyler (before his run-in with a refrigerator door): the he and "Nana" want to spend 1 week as a normal família before dying. Lock should"ve thought about that before murdering der pair of innocent grandparents, but here we are. 

So, is The Visit trying come say that if us don"t manter our households together, they"ll be replaced by imposters and terrify our children? Well, probably not. The Visit tries come deliver naquela message about breaking improvisado from old habits, working with your fears, and stop being so stubborn over arguments that don"t have any aftermath in a long-run. Whether it in reality sticks the landing on todos of those points is still up for debate.