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The Visit – Out Tomorrow – Rules in Film

08 September 2015

Upcoming film The Visit, tells the scary tale of two grandchildren who visit their grandparents one holiday. Filming the series of events on her video camera, Becca captures the moments her Nana and Pop-pop seem to turn from loving grandparents, to something a little more sinister. Whilst staying at the grandparents the kids are given a list of rules to abide by…or else.

To celebrate the release of The Visit on September 9th, we take a look at some other films which feature strict rules…




Fight Club (1999)
Edward Norton plays a depressed man looking for an outlet. Upon meeting a strange salesman Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), the duo find themselves taking part in an underground fight club. However, the club has strict rules such as: ‘You do not talk about Fight Club’, and ‘No shirts, no shoes’. Although the rules of the club are central to its structure, there are many other layers to the film that make it infamously complex, and continually confusing no matter how many times you watch it.




Wedding Crashers (2005)
In the art of crashing weddings, John (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) are the masters. In order to succeed at getting into uninvited weddings and winning over women, the pair devise a list to follow at all times to ensure a desired outcome. Some of the rules (there are 50 in total) are ‘every female wedding guest deserves a wedding night’, ‘make sure she is 18’, and ‘don’t over drink, the machinery must work in order to close’. Although the list of rules get John and Jeremy so far, it also gets them into a world of trouble when they get the interest of two girls they just can’t seem to shake off.




Aladdin (1992)
The true rules of the Genie must be obeyed at all times to make a wish. It is forbidden to ask the Genie to kill, bring someone back from the dead, force anyone to fall in love, and you can’t ask for more wishes! With the help of the Genie and his three wishes, Aladdin goes after the girl of his dreams, and takes on evil villain Jafar. Following the Genie’s rules is at times problematic for Aladdin, but eventually leads him to resolution.




Gremlins (1984)
A father thinks he has found the perfect gift for his son, three little creatures called Mogwai’s. The shopkeeper however, has strong advice for him, insisting that he does not get them wet; secondly, keep them out of sunlight; and finally, never ever feed them after midnight. Unable to follow any of these rules, the gang of gremlins begin to tear up the town on Christmas Eve, desperately seeking to cause any type of havoc they can.




I, Robot (2004)
Will Smith’s action sci-fi based on a dystopian future, features the Three Laws of Robotics. Firstly, a robot must not injure a human, a robot must obey orders given, and lastly, a robot must protect its existence as long as it does not conflict with the first or second laws. Following the death of a prestigious scientist, Detective Spooner (Smith) begins to investigate the suspected suicide, which is not as it seems. Convinced that the scientist was in fact murdered, Spooner aims to hunt down the robot responsible for the death.




Zombieland (2004)
When a strain of mad cow disease morphs into ‘mad zombie disease’, the last surviving humans form a group to battle the hungry undead. Four survivors, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) together tackle the zombies, and in order to do so they create a list of rules to help them. Featuring over thirty rules, some of the best are: rule 1 – cardio, zombies lead an active lifestyle, so should you. Rule 2- Double tap, always shot your targets twice. Rule 3 – always wear your seatbelts. Rule 4 – enjoy the little things.

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