The Trailer dropped for M. Night Shyamalans first foray into the horror genre.
Yes. I said his first.
In terms of actual horror, Shyamalan has been a fickle friend. His films don't really rank as horror features. They tend to be subtle, character driven, high concept stories with a "gotcha" twist. Sure, some can be deemed Dark Fantasy (Lady In The Water, The Village) or Psychological Thriller, (The 6th Sense) even science fiction (Signs, Unbreakable, The Happening) but it's safe to say the man has never sat in the Director's seat to tell us a tale of terror.
And despite popular opinion, if anyone could do it effectively, it's him. When left to his own devices, without having to affix himself into the Hollywood Machine, Shymalan is a pure genius. Storytelling, as an art, comes quite natural to him. Alas, he has been the victim of that old, familiar curse that strikes down once successful directors as soon as they are absorbed into the larger studios. Because of this, his name was attached to celluloid fodder. Awful outings, one after the other, withered at the box office. Sadly, we had to endure the tragedy that was The Last Airbender (He wrote the screenplay, not the story) and After Earth (He co-wrote the screenplay with Gary Whitta who had only written one film, but a plethora of video games but it was adapted from a story by Will Smith- Yes, THAT will Smith.) As soon as Shyamalan jumped the shark, people began to first doubt his creative abilities, and then eventually mock him, dubbing him Box Office poison.
Over the last few years, M Night Shyamalan has endured tremendous abuse due to his track record whereas he was once, back in 1999, the golden boy of the industry, earning an Oscar for his work on The 6th Sense, which had only been his third film- although he'd written many more. Shyamalans name became synonymous with shtick, undeservedly. What audiences failed to realize was that his most extreme failures were all films that had other cooks in the kitchen, if you'll pardon the pun. None were genuine Shyamalan films.
When the trailer for "The Visit" dropped, it was as if the world forgot about all the mud-slinging and critical hyperbole they'd chucked his way and instead raving about the terrifying trailer. The film features two young children who go to spend a weeks long visit with the Grandparents in the country. Unfortunately, something is very wrong with Grandma and Grandpa. It spirals into a high octane fight for survival as the kids attempt to uncover the truth and escape the clutches of evil. Exciting, yes?
Of course it is! It's Shyamalan back where he belongs, filling both the role of writer and director without anyone peering over his shoulder or redlining his screenplays with marketing suggestions. There are no big budget film stars to satisfy; No co-writer to negotiate with. We are guaranteed the vintage Shyamalan experience, finally, after almost a decade.
Check out the trailer for The Visit below!