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M. Night's The Visit Comes Home to Blu-Ray in January

16 November 2015 8:56 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

M. Night Shyamalan's newest thriller will have you nervous to hang out with your grandparents, and today Universal Pictures has revealed when you can bring The Visit home on blu-ray, as well as all the bonus features coming with it.  Come inside to learn more!

If you missed out on the latest thriller from M. Night in theaters, or simply want to check it out again, you'll get your chance on January 5, 2016 when it comes to blu-ray.  If you can't wait that long, then you can get The Visit early via the digital version on December 15th.  

A family visit takes a terrifying turn when two siblings learn who Grandma and Grandpa really are in The Visit, a found documentary-style suspense thriller coming to Digital HD on December 15, 2015, and Blu-ray™ and DVD as well as On Demand on January 5, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The first collaboration from Academy »

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M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

6 November 2015 4:50 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

"Would you mind getting inside the oven to clean it?" Grandma and grandpa are coming to visit this winter courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, as M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit Blu-ray / DVD will be released on January 5th.

The Visit home media news comes from the folks at, who report that the Blu-ray will include the following special features (in addition to a Digital copy):

"The Making of The Visit Becca's Photos"

"Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal PicturesThe Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their »

- Derek Anderson

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120 Essential Horror Scenes Part 10: Legends & Omens

30 October 2015 9:40 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Almost every horror movie stops for a moment of exposition that sets up or explains the horrors that await or that have been endured. These are the scenes where directors can either conjure their inner cheeseball and pump up the spooky music or prepare the audience for more than what they bargained for. The legend of the monster, the backstory of the slasher, the warning to the meddling teenagers, these are all elements of atmosphere designed for one thing: to make you squirm before the real scares begin. 


American Werewolf in London (1981) – Beware the moon

The horror genre is at its most impactful when leaving exposition to a minimum. Prioritizing narrative clarity over effective scare-mongering may ensure a tight narrative that can’t be held up to scrutiny, but it also ensures that the audience knows what to expect, all but draining the movie of tension. In An American Werewolf in London, »

- Staff

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M Night Shyamalan's mystery project is called Split, and it will be out in 2017

29 October 2015 1:38 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

M Night Shyamalan's mysterious film project has now officially been titled Split.

The Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures project has also been bumped up a week with a new January 20, 2017 release date.

Little is known about Split, other than that it is a supernatural thriller that will star X-Men veteran James McAvoy.

McAvoy joined the project after Universal was unable to ink a deal to reunite Joaquin Phoenix with his Signs director Shyamalan.

Split will also feature Broadway legend Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula (Skins), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) and Haley Lu Richardson (Ravenswood).

Shyamalan had a bit of a career rebound this year, when his horror comedy The Visit made a healthy $87 million on a $5 million budget.

Watch a trailer for The Visit below: »

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120 Essential Horror Scenes Part 9: Jump Scares & False Alarms

28 October 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The jump scare is a uniquely horror movie convention. Where some movies use it as an excuse to play peekaboo and assault you with noise, others use it as a way to shatter your complacency as a viewer. It’s the purest form of scare: something bursts out of a dark corner, a loud noise cuts the tension, or a jolt to the plot comes on so unexpected, you don’t know what hit you. It may just be a momentary fright, but a good horror movie will put you on edge and keep you there.


Alien (1979)- No blood, no Dallas

Horror purists are of the mind that jumps are cheap, and, for the most part, they are. Yet, in those nerve-wracking scenes, when a director knows exactly what they are doing, it’s riveting. I’ve always prided myself on not being one of those people who gets jumpy during a horror movie, »

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200 Greatest Horror Films (160-151)

10 October 2015 4:21 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Special Mention: Battle Royale

Written and directed by Kinji Fukasaku

Japan, 2000

The concept of The Hunger Games owes much to Koushun Takami’s cult novel Battle Royale, adapted for the cinema in 2000 by Kinji Fukasaku. The film is set in a dystopian alternate-universe, in Japan, with the nation utterly collapsed, leaving 15 percent unemployed and 800,000 students boycotting school. The government passes something called the Millennium Educational Reform Act, which apparently provides for a class of ninth-graders to be chosen each year and pitted against one another on a remote island for 3 days. Each student is given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water, and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred fight to the death. With 48 contestants, only one will go home alive. Yes, this has been often cited as the original Hunger Games; whether or not Suzanne Collins borrowed heavily »

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James McAvoy in Talks for M. Night Shyamalan's New Supernatural Thriller

5 October 2015 12:38 AM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

M Night Shyamalan's new movie "The Visit" has already grossed over $53 million on a budget of $5 million. In an attempt to return his better day, the director is working on anew supernatural thriller and has been hoping to reteam with his "Signs" star Joaquin Phoenix. Phoenix recently dropped out of the project, with sources claiming that the deal never got past the discussion stage. But now comes word that James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) is in talks to replace Phoenix. Very little is known about the new film. In fact, both the title and the plot are being kept a secret. The only thing we know is that Jason Blum will be producing. »

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James McAvoy In Talks For M Night Shyamalan's Latest

3 October 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Back in August, it looked like we were headed for a Signs reunion, as Joaquin Phoenix was in talks to star in M. Night Shyamalan’s next film. That’s no longer happening, but the director is already lining up a likely replacement, with James McAvoy now his leading man of choice.This new one is being kept a closely guarded secret, but it will, as is often the case with the director, shoot in Philadelphia (he likes to stay close to home with most of his movies). And, like The Visit – budgeted at Blumhouse’s standard $5 million, which Shyamalan put up himself – it’ll be another less expensive effort. The spirit of mystery, of course means that we have no idea what McAvoy will be up to. What we do know is that Shyamalan will start the cameras rolling this November and we can expect the film next year. »

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James McAvoy set to replace Joaquin Phoenix in M. Night Shyamalan’s new film

3 October 2015 12:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

James McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse) is in talks to take the lead role in the new supernatural thriller from director M. Night Shyamalan, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Initially it was reported that the new film would see Shyamalan reunite with his Signs star Joaquin Phoenix, but it seems that Phoenix has passed on the project, allowing McAvoy to step in. Reports suggest talks with the actor never got past discussions and no deal was made.

The new film will again be produced by Jason Blum, who collaborated with Shyamalan on The Visit, which has grossed over $53 million in the Us, the most for a horror this year. Plot details, as you would expect, are being kept firmly underwraps.

McAvoy can next be seen in Victor Frankenstein with Daniel Radcliffe before finally going bald in his third stint as Professor X in X-Men: Apocalypse next summer.


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James McAvoy In Talks To Star In M. Night Shyamalan’s Next Movie

2 October 2015 11:09 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

M. Night Shyamalan redeemed himself somewhat with The Visit last month, and now he’s already hard at work on his next – currently untitled – supernatural thriller. While his latest movie was made up of relative unknowns, the filmmaker can still attract A-List talent when he chooses, as it has been revealed today that James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) is in talks to star.

The Scottish actor actually looks set to take the role which had been saved for Joaquin Phoenix (which would have reunited him and Shyamalan after 2002’s Signs), but The Hollywood Reporter reveals that no deal was ever made and things never got past the discussions phase between the two parties.

The plot of this supernatural thriller is unfortunately a closely guarded secret for the time being, as is who McAvoy will end up playing. He’ll next be seen in Victor Frankenstein alongside Daniel Radcliffe though, »

- Josh Wilding

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James McAvoy to Replace Joaquin Phoenix in New M. Night Shyamalan Movie

2 October 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

James McAvoy is replacing Joaquin Phoenix in M. Night Shyamalan‘s new feature project, TheWrap has learned. Phoenix and Shyamalan were to reunite on this project after having previously worked together on 2002’s “Signs” and 2004’s “The Village.” Shyamalan is also reuniting with producer Jason Blum, with whom he worked on Universal’s horror film “The Visit.” The project is set to begin production in November in Philadelphia, and the plot is being kept under wraps. Also Read: Joaquin Phoenix, M. Night Shyamalan to Reunite for New Jason Blum-Produced Film Marc Bienstock is also producing, with Ashwin Rajan and »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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James McAvoy Replaces Joaquin Phoenix In M. Night Shyamalan Thriller

2 October 2015 10:55 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Say what you will about M. Night Shyamalan, but throughout his career — minus his recent low-budget "The Visit," and failure-on-all-fronts "The Last Airbender" — he's had a knack for landing big actors for his movies, and with some, collaborating on multiple films. In fact, Joaquin Phoenix, who appeared in "Signs" and "The Village," was lining up a third movie with Shyamalan, but it looks like that hasn't worked out. (And apparently, a deal was never made). Read More: Review: M. Night Shayamalan Makes A Comeback With Found Footage Horror 'The Visit' THR reports that James McAvoy, certainly no slouch himself, has replaced Phoenix in the untitled film. Plot details are under wraps about the project in development over at Blumhouse Productions, which has grossed $67 million worldwide with "The Visit." On paper, that's not great, and the lowest global figure in the director's career. But considering it cost next to nothing, »

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James McAvoy in Talks to Star in M. Night Shyamalan Thriller (Exclusive)

30 September 2015 4:33 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

James McAvoy is in negotiations to star in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest supernatural thriller, an untitled project being produced by genre-loving Jason Blum. The X-Men actor is stepping into the shoes that seemed initially earmarked for Joaquin Phoenix and would have marked a reunion between the filmmaker and one of the stars of his 2002 hit Signs. Read more 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Is "The Culmination" of Previous Movies, Says Simon Kinberg Reasons for Phoenix’s exit were not revealed but sources said a deal was never made, with one source saying the process never got past the discussion stage. Talking

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The Evil Dumb: 5 Villains Who Sabotaged Their Own Stupid Plans

27 September 2015 5:18 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Throughout the decades, films have given us many evil master plans by movie baddies out to achieve their nefarious goals via elaborate schemes. Some of them are brilliant but sometimes, we witness a scheme that makes absolutely no sense what-so-ever. For every ingenious plan, there’s a poorly thought-out dud of an idea that leaves you wondering if this guy is just begging to fail. Cinelinx looks at 5 movie villain schemes that were self-defeating.

Magneto Comes Up with a Plan That Will Cause the Very Thing He’s Trying To Prevent. In X-Men: Days Of Future Past, everyone’s favorite hirsute, cigar smoking mutant, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) does some Quantum Leaping back to the early 1970s, in order to stop Mystique from killing Bolivar Trask, thus inadvertently initiating the creation of the Sentinels, who will one day destroy civilization as we know it. Wolvie joins forces with young Charles Xavier »

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Box Office Sabermetrics: M. Night Shyamalan is the Jeff Francoeur of Directors…..Or Is He????

16 September 2015 11:24 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Box Office Sabermetrics is a bi-weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.

Let me tell you about my personal history with M. Night Shyamalan. When I was 10 years old, I watched his third film Signs for the first time, and it changed my life. Signs was the first film to make me love films, to want to spend my life doing something with films. It was the first film that I watched and immediately understood and grasped onto the subtext and themes of the film, and the fact that a film could do that blew my tiny mind.

Before then, I had always loved film, but I had always watched them only taking in what was explicitly on screen. M. Night Shyamalan then became the first director I got into, as I went back and watched »

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Producer Sam Mercer Joins Industrial Light & Magic as Head of Studio

15 September 2015 9:04 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Film producer Sam Mercer has joined Industrial Light & Magic (Ilm) as the head of studio, the division of Lucasfilm Ltd. announced Tuesday. Mercer will oversee and coordinate the company’s operations across the visual effects studio’s four global studios, which include studios in San Francisco, Singapore, Vancouver and London. Over the years, Mercer has produced many films which include seven of M. Night Shyamalan‘s movies (“Signs,” “Sixth Sense”), as well as “Jarhead” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Mercer also serves as a producer on Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming film “The Bfg,” based on Roald Dahl’s novel »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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What's Behind the Crazy Box Office Success of 'The Perfect Guy' and 'The Visit'?

13 September 2015 1:51 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The fall box office season wasn't supposed to kick into gear until next week. No one expected much from either "The Visit" or "The Perfect Guy," two low-budget films with little or no star power that opened this weekend. Maybe both films would open around $17 or $18 million, with a slight edge going to M. Night Shyamalan's horror movie "The Visit" because it was opening on 850 more screens than its rival.

Instead, both movies opened big -- about $10 million above expectations. And romance/thriller "The Perfect Guy" edged out "The Visit" by about $1 million, with estimates placing its debut at $26.7 million to "The Visit's" $25.7 million. After several weeks of dog-days doldrums at the box office, we finally have a real surge in sales at the multiplex.

What happened? How were the pundits all caught off guard? Here are some possible answers.

African-American Audiences Are Underserved

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9 Reasons The Visit Is M Night Shyamalan’s Comeback

13 September 2015 7:48 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Expectations were understandably low for M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie, given the writer-director’s crushing five-film losing streak of critical failures, so what a pleasant surprise it is to see that his latest, while not in any way a great movie, is a refreshingly solid one, and something approaching a return to form for the widely-mocked filmmaker.

Sitting just above a 60% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and set to make its low $5 million budget back many times over, it’s the director’s first undeniable success with both audiences and critics since 2002’s Signs, and hopefully marks a return to more assured work in the future.

It’s a frequently surprising film for a number of reasons, delivering impressive work across the board and proving that Shyamalan does still possess a gift for absorbing filmmaking, providing compelling evidence that the Shyamalan praised for The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable »

- Jack Pooley

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Box Office: ‘Perfect Guy’ to Top ‘The Visit’ With Strong $25 Million Weekend

11 September 2015 12:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Perfect Guy” appears to be the perfect antidote for a laggardly U.S. box office, with Sony’s thriller heading for as much as a $25 million opening weekend, according to early Friday estimates.

M. Night Shyamalan’s horror project “The Visit” also appears to be coming in well over the recent forecast with a launch in the $20 million range. Both new titles had been pegged earlier in the week to open in the $15 million to $17 million range.

The Perfect Guy,” playing at 2,220 sites, was heading for an opening day in the $10.5 million range and “The Visit,” showing at 3,069 locations, was tabbed to come in with about $8.8 million on its first day including $1 million from Thursday night previews.

Less bullish early estimates pegged “The Perfect Guy” at winding up closer to $20 million.

The Perfect Guy,” which cost a modest $12 million to produce, centers on Sanaa Lathan’s character falling for »

- Dave McNary

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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Visit’ is a Trip Worth Taking!

11 September 2015 8:14 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

M. Night Shyamalan has had a rough go of it over the past few years. After his breakout success with The Sixth Sense in 1999, he hit what some believed to be a sophomore slump with Unbreakable in 2000. After Signs in 2002, he had a string of duds: The VillageLady In The WaterThe Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth. Many people thought the […] »

- Trace Thurman

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