First Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s THE VISIT

I was a bit surprised last week when sitting down for my Unfriended screening that one of the trailers that played before it was one I hadn't already seen. In highlighting the major trailers on this site and watching a good majority of them regardless (as well as sharing them on the sites Facebook page) I'm typically well aware of what might play in front of any given film given the genre. While I suspected I'd get a barrage of previews for upcoming horror flicks prior to Unfirended I certainly didn't expect to get my first look at the latest from M. Night Shyamalan. While the director who was once heralded as the next Spielberg has since fallen far from those graces it seems that if his latest is anything in the grand scheme of his career it would be the best shot he has to redeem himself. Not only is Shyamalan the man who reinvigorated the twist ending and engineered a new generation of horror, but he is the writer/director combo that ran out of steam and resorted to studio pictures that turned out to be worse than his original outings. While his last four films have been almost unarguably awful this take on the found footage genre from a script all his own can only be seen as a hopeful return to form. The trailer is more straight-up scary movie stuff than anything we've seen from the director before as well and so I look forward to seeing what he can do in this realm as much of his early, more heralded work resides in the thriller/mystery/drama categories. While this experiment could very well prove to be another dud in a career that once was on fire with creative juices it is hard to believe those first three (almost four) films were complete flukes. The Visit stars Kathryn Hahn, Peter McRobbie, Deanna Dunagan, Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge and opens September 11th.

Synopsis: 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 Pictures’ The 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 chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.

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