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The once-respected film-maker is returning to his roots with evil gran outing The Visit – but is the stumbled-across-video format too dated to work?
The words “an M Night Shyamalan film” were were once sure indicators of box-office success. The writer/director/cameo actor enjoyed huge hits with The Sixth Sense, Signs and The Village.
But things started falling apart. His shtick became repetitive (Philadelphia setting – check, precocious kid – check, twist at the end – check) and his name became synonymous with disaster. Lady in the Water was a contrived fantasy with an egotistical turn from Shyamalan, playing a writer whose words had the power to change the world. The Happening was a laughable thriller about plants turning against humans, which even Transformers 4 star Mark Wahlberg called “a bad movie”.
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- Benjamin Lee
After a string of belly flops of epic proportions in After Earth, The Last Airbender and the critically maligned The Happening, M. Night Shyamalan will be working with a much smaller budget for his next film The Visit.
With approximately $5 million to work with in terms of production, Blumhouse is on board to help Shyamalan go back to his thriller roots and re-build goodwill with genre fans.
While I'm intrigued by the poster and the film's concept, it does feel like this one could go either way. Grandparents are scary? We'll see, Shyamalan, We'll see.
A single mother finds that things in her family's life go very wrong after her two young children visit their grandparents.
Head to Quiet Earth to see the stills.
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Small, isolated towns that seem perfectly wonderful always have to end up harbouring dark, violent and potential twisted secrets. It’s a rule. It’s a thing. It’s a wonder anyone ever goes near them. But sometimes you just have to, or there’d be no drama. The teaser for M. Night Shyamalan and Chad Hodge’s new mystery series Wayward Pines is online. Hodge did the grunt work of crafting this one, adapting Blake Crouch’s novel Pines, but it’s Shyamalan’s name the PR material naturally wants to forefront. Yes, even after The Happening. And After Earth...The plot finds a Secret Service agent named Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) crashing in the titular town while on the hunt for two missing colleagues. What he finds is a place that appears to be friendly and welcoming, but quickly reveals itself as gripped by terror and paranoia fuelled »
M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable celebrates its 15th anniversary later this year. While the director certainly has lost some fans in that time, after a string of bombs such as The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth, one actor in particular wants to turn Unbreakable into a trilogy, with M. Night Shyamalan back at the helm. Patton Oswalt revealed to Screen Junkies, that, while he's against making sequels just because a movie is successful, he thinks Unbreakable deserves a tirlogy.
"As much as I'm philosophically against just spitting out sequels because something is successful, I do firmly believe that M. Night Shyamalan's film Unbreakable not only deserves a sequel, it deserves a trilogy."
The actor then broke down his elaborate and detailed plan for two more sequels for Unbreakable.
"So, there are other Unbreakables in the world, and the second movie should be Bruce Willis embracing his hero status, »
M. Night Shyamalan isn't exactly on anyone's must-see list in the wake of After Earth, The Last Airbender and The Happening, but that doesn't mean the man hasn't stayed busy. Right now he's doing work on the TV show Wayward Pines, and this September will see the return of his low-budget film affair in The Visit. However, the question of whether or not he would return to the world of Unbreakable still comes up, and it seems as though that's a »
- Sean Wist
5 items from 2015
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