“The Surprise Visit”: The hard decision after a robbery goes wrong

"The Surprise Visit": The hard decision after a robbery goes wrong

The Surprise Visit (2022) is a thriller centering on a robbery that goes wrong leaving two young drug addicts to make a difficult decision: to give up or to do the unthinkable.

Based in a true story, the movie starts when a young couple makes a surprise visit to Mom, and they get an even bigger surprise themselves from an old family friend who plans to steal Mom’s valuable jewelry while she is out of town. But when the “easy peasy” robbery goes wrong, resulting in the accidental death of the daughter’s husband, it forces the two young drug addicts to make a difficult decision; to abandon ship, or do the unthinkable.

This is the new movie from prolific director and producer Nick Lyon, responsible for tens of horror and action films including Species: The Awakening (2007), Bullet (2014), Stormageddon (2015), Earthtastrophe (2016), The Boy, the Dog and the Clown (2019), and The Asylum flicks Rise of the Zombies (2012), Zombie Apocalypse (2011), Hercules Reborn (2014), The Other Wife (2016), Isle of the Dead (2016), and Operation Dunkirk (2017) amongst others. Nathan Cowles, Andrew Fein, and Serah Henesey have been the writers of the screenplay.

The main attraction in The Surprise Visit (2022) is the participation of Eric Roberts, the actor who has participated in more movies ever, not counting voice actors, of course. Together with him, Jacqi Vene, Serah Henesey, Tricia Hawn, Rob Riordan, Johnny Santiago, and Regan Ferrier also star.

Director Nick Lyon has said about the film “I love that The Surprise Visit (2022) is based on a true story that explores the themes of class difference and how desperation can make people do things that they might not otherwise do. The film is an American tragedy. I chose to tell The Surprise Visit (2022) in a gritty and realistic style that was complemented by deep and intense performances from the talented cast. Beyond the film’s thriller veneer, it delivers incredibly dramatic performances, that to this day still send chills through me. Working with the cast and small crew was an amazing experience. In a secluded Virginia setting, we were able to create a very intimate atmosphere that everyone embraced to the fullest. I also love that we shot the film at the actual location where the inspiration for the story took place. That just added to the authenticity. It was a pleasure to have contributed to this film and is one I am very proud to have directed”.

The Surprise Visit (2022) is out in limited theaters and on-demand on January 14, 2022, by Vertical Entertainment. Watch here its trailer.