After surviving a car accident, an expectant mother and her husband
move to a vineyard to start over, until she starts having strange visions.
Directed by Kevin Greutert
Written by Lucas Sussman
Starring Isla Fisher, Anson Mount, Gillian Jacobs,
Joanna Cassidy, Eva Longoria, Jim Parsons
I fully expected Visions to be another one of the typical "haunted house" films that have been a dime a dozen ever since horror first began as a film genre. While the film doesn't break a whole lot of new ground and is, for the most part, quite dull, the finale is a surprising spin on the tired old trope and did fully surprise me. So, props. Still, it could've and should've been better, especially with the decent cast it managed to pull together. There are a handful of creepy moments, but it's mostly jump scares. It's really the ending that saves the entire movie and makes the film something to talk about.
Isla Fisher and Anson Mount play Evie and David, a couple looking for a fresh start after a near-tragedy. Evie's pregnant and begins experiencing terrifying hallucinations that drive her to investigate the history of the vineyard. The build-up is exactly what you'd expect from a film like this, from the predictable jump scares to the nonbeliever husband. None of the characters particularly pop, but both Fisher and Mount do a decent enough job. I don't mean to gush, but the ending ties everything together so perfectly that if the rest of the film had just pushed the envelope a little bit, the whole movie would've been way better.
Visions has a fantastic ending that unfortunately is attached to a mediocre horror movie that needs a push. It doesn't want to take risks until it knows it's safe to do so, mainly when the film is over. There's a ton of red herrings and not a lot of explanation behind what's really been going on the whole time. I think that since my expectations were low to begin with, I came out of this relatively unscathed and little surprised.