M. Night Shyamalan's Secret Movie 'The Visit' Will Hit Theaters Next Year

M. Night Shyamalan's Secret Movie 'The Visit' Will Hit Theaters Next Year

Nov 12, 2014

M. Night Shyamalan has gotten a bit of a bad reputation these days, mainly because he hasn't exactly lived up to the reputation set after The Sixth Sense (though if you read our interview with him, he makes a fair point about how that was never really an accurate reputation to begin with). He went from small-scale, intimate movies (Signs, The Village) to big-budget misses (The Last Airbender, After Earth) and the results were never as rewarding as what he started out doing. 

Now it would appear that Shyamalan knows this, because he made an effort to get back to his thriller past by shooting a movie entirely in secret. It's called The Visit and he self-financed and shot it around his house in Pennsylvania with no fanfare whatsoever. And then when he had the movie in the can, he showed it to producer Jason Blum so that he could partner with Blumhouse (Sinister, Ouija) and get it in front of a big studio. Now Universal Pictures has snapped it up with the plan to release it on September 11, 2015.

So what is The Visit? Here's how Deadline describes it:

The Visit focuses on 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. 

That's actually a pretty solid setup for a movie considering most can relate to staying with relatives when we were younger who were a bit weird and a bit different, but you were stuck with them no matter what. You could turn that into a heartwarming movie about getting to know your relatives. Or you could go the full horror-movie route.

Hopefully we'll be glad next year that Shyamalan went the second way.

 

 

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