James McAvoy opens up about working with this legendary filmmaker.
James McAvoy stars in M. Night Shyamalan's latest psychological thriller 'Split', which follows a man with 23 different personalities. James had to play 9 of them which he admits was a lot of work, but that work was helped by the director's determination to stick to his script to the very end.
James McAvoy stars in M Night Shyamalan's 'Split'
Often during filming, a screenplay is changed as the story comes to life, usually only slightly but sometimes very dramatically. It's not always easy to translate a vision on paper to live action, but M Night Shyamalan knows enough about the process to be able to make the first draft count.
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After a few badly received sci-fi blockbusters, M. Night Shyamalan returned to his earthier style of filmmaking with 2015's The Visit and now this edgy psychological horror romp. It's a genuinely freaky movie, packed with unsettling touches and wonderfully intense performances. And yet there's a nagging sense that the filmmaker is using a very real mental health issue for cheap thrills. Dissociative identity disorder, also known as split personality, is genuinely devastating, but here it's played for blackly comical chills.
The man suffering from this condition is Kevin (James McAvoy), and he has 23 identities battling for supremacy inside him. The ringleader is Dennis, a psychopath who is working in league with fellow alter-ego Patricia to kidnap three young women, the abused outcast Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) and two classmates (Haley Lu Richardson and Jessica Sula). As these teens try to use his personalities against each other to escape, Kevin is also attending sessions with his psychiatrist Dr Fletcher (Betty Buckley), an expert on his condition. And she has no idea what he's actually up to. Or that all of his personalities are terrified of a menacing identity they call the Beast.
Shyamalan is an expert at dropping clues into each scene, packing the dialog with innuendo and encouraging the actors into giving performances that suggest at unexpected connections and histories. As the film progresses, both Kevin and Casey reveal the most telling details of their grim pasts, allowing Shyamalan to gleefully crank up the tension. And the result is enjoyably creepy, keeping the audience off-balance with a plot that's impossible to predict and plenty of shocking mayhem along the way. At the centre, the audience is able to identify with Taylor-Joy's thoughtful Casey, a girl who has survived a nasty childhood and is determined to get out of this situation before it turns even more horrific.
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M. Night Shyamalan's latest movie explores dissociative identity disorder.
James McAvoy ups his game in 'Split'; a creepy psychologial thriller from M. Night Shyamalan that follows a man with multiple personalities so severe that it leads him into a sadistic game with three teenage girls. If the trailer is anything to go by, this film is McAvoy's most explorative role to date.
James McAvoy stars in Split
Casey and her two friends go on a regular mall trip, but no sooner are they in the car ready for the ride back home than an agitated young man slides into the drivers seat before assaulting and kidnapping them. They awake to find themselves in a maze-like underground chamber complete with a set of beds and a bathroom. The man who kidnapped them claims he was sent to get them, but when the same man reappears in several different guises it becomes clear that they are dealing with a man with a serious case of dissociative identity disorder.
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When Casey and two of her friends go to the mall they're abducted by an unsuspecting and nervous looking man. When they awake the three girls find themselves locked away in a room, each with a camping mattress for a bed. The room is bare and they have no idea what's going on and they all fear for their lives.
Though they're free to roam in their room and bathroom, there's no windows and the only part of the world they can see from inside is through a small gap in the door which leads onto another room. As they peer through the small hole, they see a pair of high heeled shoes and immediately see the legs of a woman. Knowing that they were abducted by a man, the girls call out for help and what they find frightens and perplexes them all.
The person who comes to the room isn't a woman, it's their kidnapper and in a soft voice he tells the girls not to worry as 'he's not allowed to touch you' and goes on to say that the kidnapper 'listens' to her.
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'The Perfect Guy' managed to beat M Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Visit’ to take the top spot at the box office this weekend.
The Perfect Guy has topped the US box office this weekend, narrowly beating M Night Shyamalan’s horror comedy The Visit. Directed by David M Rosenthal, The Perfect Guy stars Sanaa Lathan as a successful lobbyist whose new boyfriend turns out to be a lot more dangerous than he seems.
Sanaa Lathan stars in The Perfect Guy.
The Perfect Guy opened to $26.7 million, more than doubling its $12 million budget. The film ended up surpassing all expectations, after being predicted to take in the $15 million range, it managed to find success despite receiving negative reviews from the critics, scoring just 31% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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The director explains his decision to go low-budget horror once again.
After establishing himself with freak-out movies like The Sixth Sense, Signs and The Village, M. Night Shyamalan veered into blockbuster fantasy/sci-fi with the poorly received The Last Airbender and After Earth. So now he has taken a step back toward horror with the micro-budget The Visit.
The Visit marks another suspenseful thriller for horror legend Shyamalan
"I love scary movies," Shayamalan says. "I never really considered my previous films as scary, but The Visit? Yeah, this is the one. The weirdness of The Visit is actually my favourite part. It's mischievous. Pulling the rug out from the viewer and making them laugh and scream is what it's all about for me. I do think that if you don't like horror movies this is the one movie to try. There are plenty of scares and all that stuff, but there is a wonderful fun factor to it."
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While it's great to see M. Night Shyamalan return to the twisty horror genre, his use of found-footage leaves the film feeling like a decent premise with nowhere to go. Presented as a documentary made by a teenager, the movie is relentlessly uninteresting, only watchable because of a few mild jolts and a blackly comical freakishness. Otherwise, the characters are too thinly drawn, and the story too gimmicky.
It opens as a single mother (Kathryn Hahn) reconnects with her parents on Facebook after 15 years estrangement. Instead of going home to see them herself, she books a holiday with her new boyfriend and sends her teen kids, cynical Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and clownish Tyler (Ed Oxenbould), to stay with Nana and Pop-pop (Deanna Dunagan and Peter McRobbie). But as Becca and Tyler videotape the experience, they begin to worry about their grandparents' sanity. Maybe it's just old age, or perhaps they are "sundowners", pensioners who go a bit mad at nighttime. And as things get progressively bizarre, both of them begin to worry that perhaps there's something locked in the basement that Nana and Pop-pop don't want them to see.
Everything on-screen is shot on cameras supposedly wielded by Becca and Tyler, although several scenes are implausible or frankly impossible. Shyamalan does a nice job creating a creepy vibe, then throws things suddenly into the frame to make the audience jump. But there isn't a single moment of proper suspense, mainly because it's all played for laughs: as if senile old people are hilarious. Until they become menacing, of course. Shyamalan pushes this idea with a very heavy hand, attempting to manipulate the audience's response by slowly dribbling out revelations that aren't particularly clever or surprising. And through it all, there's the nagging sense that nothing about the script holds water, starting with a mother's willingness to send her kids on their own to stay with parents she has avoided for a decade and a half.
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Quincy Harris and M. Night Shyamalan - M Night Shyamalan Wayward Pines screening and Q&A held at Philadelphia Film Society's Prince Theater at Philadelphia Film Society's Prince Theater - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States - Thursday 23rd July 2015
A young brother and sister have travelled to their grandparent's house for a week long holiday. Over that time, they have had tremendous excitement and made their grandmother happier than she's been in years, according to their grandfather. When they head to bed on the first day, their grandfather informs them that bedtime is 9:30pm, and they aren't to leave the room after that time. They agree, as it appears to be a seemingly normal request, but they soon start hearing terrifying noises in the darkness. Now, trapped in a cabin out in the middle of nowhere, the children must unearth the secrets of their grandmother, and hopefully escape before it's too late.
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M. Night Shyamalan is back, for better or worse.
M. Night Shyamalan reteaming with Bruce Willis to shoot one of the very first scripts of his career may sound like a frightening proposition, though Labor of Love appears to be going ahead and will be touted around the Berlin Film Festival in February, according to Mike Fleming Jr at Deadline.com.
M. Night Shyamalan Will Make 'Labor of Love' with Bruce Willis
Shyamalan and Willis made The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable together - probably the two best movies of the director's up-and-down career - and Labor of Love goes back even further. The script was one of the very first screenplays that the Indian-American director sold - to Fox, in 1993. The film was never made after Shyamalan touted himself as director, though Denzel Washington was apparently sniffing around the project a couple of years ago
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Will M. Night Shyamalan ever been trusted with a blockbuster budget again?
How many chances is M. Night Shyamalan going to get to direct a big-budget movie without making it toe-curlingly horrible? The Indian-American filmmaker proved he had the talent to put together an entertaining narrative with The Sixth Sense, though audiences are still waiting for Shyamalan to recreate that magic. They have been waiting for a long time.
There were flashes of quality in his two efforts after the Bruce Willis horror-drama, Signs and Unbreakable, though both suffered from sequences that bordered on the ridiculous. The dip in form continued with The Village (2004) though reached a terrifying low with Lady in the Water (2006) - or so we thought.
The Happening, starring Zooey Deschanel and Mark Wahlberg, prompted the New Republic to assert, "[A]n astonishment, so idiotic in conception and inept in execution that, after seeing it, one almost wonders whether it was real or imagined," though Shyamalan's career eventually reached its nadir with the infamous Last Airbender (2010) about a 12-year-old boy who provides the last hope of restoring harmony to a land consumed by chaos. "$150,000,000 well wasted. The Last Airbender is an insult to those wanting sophisticated, entertaining or even competent cinema," said Michael Leader of Film4. In his scathing review, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian said, "After the first five seconds, it seems as if you have been watching it for around two-and-a-half hours, and that this time has passed in four-and-a-half days."
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