NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08:  Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan attends the New York premiere of "The Visit" at Regal Cinemas Union Square on September 8, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
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M. Night Shyamalan Made An Arthouse Cut Of The Visit That Never Came Out
According to an interview M. Night Shyamalan did with MovieWeb in 2015, “The Visit” had a few different cuts that focused on different elements of the movie — for instance, one was a strictly horror-focused cut. When asked about what he regretted cutting from the final version, Shyamalan revealed that audiences almost got an artistic version of the film.
The filmmaker went on to explain that this “arthouse” cut had a significant number of changes to both the tone and structure of “The Visit.” Specifically, Shyamalan described one scene that actually sounded pretty cool: “It was this bizarre speech that Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie) gives in the car, about his feeling about life.”
Shyamalan expressed regret that the Pop Pop monologue ended up getting the chopping block; however, he believed that its exclusion was ultimately for the best. “What the movie is, and whatever comedy could stick to it, whatever heart could stick to it, that's what ended up being the appropriate balance,” he said. “That was holding everything together.”