split review

(This review originally ran after Split‘s first screening at Fantastic Fest 2016. It arrives in theaters today.)

Every filmmaker finds themselves in a rough patch every now and again, but few directors have had quite as public a rough patch as M. Night Shyamalan. It wasn’t enough that the immensely talented director of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs was stumbling with duds like The Lady in the Water and The Last Airbender – his name had become synonymous with disappointment for many moviegoers. He had become a punchline.

But now, it’s looking like Shyamalan has started to get his groove back. The Visit was one of last year’s more pleasant surprises and now Split, which held its world premiere as part of a secret screening at Fantastic Fest, has seemingly revealed his future going forward: he’s going to keep on making low-budget horror movies until someone tells him to stop. If his latest film is any indication, few people are going to tell him to stop anytime soon.

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The Happening Honest Trailer

This week brings a new M. Night Shyamalan film to theaters with the horror flick The Visit, following two children visiting their grandparents only to find them acting uncharacteristically peculiar and potentially dangerous, thereby scaring any kids from staying at Nana and Pop-Pop’s house ever again.

Hopefully this is a return to form for Shyamalan, and in case you need a reminder of how bad things can get when he misses the mark, take a look at The Happening Honest Trailer. Even if you were still on board the Shyamalan wagon after The Village and Lady in the Water came out, there’s no doubt that The Happening gave everyone dysentery. Read More »