The Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ is Here
Some of you love Shyamalan’s work and some of you hate it. Personally I’m a fan, but I’ll admit he released a few sketchy pics. No big deal, all filmmakers run into these issues a few times throughout their careers. We can get past all that… assuming future efforts from said filmmaker shows signs of big improvement.
The trailer for Split is here (that came out of nowhere!), and it looks beyond creepy, and though it’s categorized as a thriller, my initial interpretation was this pic is going to be far more straight forward horror than a few of Shyamalan’s other pieces. However you classify the flick, you want to watch this trailer.
The film stars James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class, Victor Frankenstein), Betty Buckley (Carrie, The Happening), Haley Lu Richardson (Recovery Road, Mortal Kombat: Legacy), Brad William Henke (Fury, The Frozen Ground), Kim Director (Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, Live Free or Die) and Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Atlantis).
For Split, Shyamalan and Blum reassemble their core team from The Visit, the No. 1-grossing horror film of 2015. Their fellow collaborators include producer Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider.
Look for Split to land in theaters on January 20th, 2017.
Now onto that trailer, and simple but spiffy poster.
Synopsis: Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.
While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.
Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
I think this is a creepy idea in theory, but DID is a controversial disorder as it is. I always get slightly nervous when mental illnesses are misrepresented for horror’s sake.