Oh. My. God. Robin warned me about how poor the trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s new film The Visit looked when he saw it in front of Unfriended…but wow. I didn’t expect it to be this bad. I mean, I was among the people who groaned when Shyamalan’s name popped up in the trailer for Devil, but at least that trailer was half-decent. The Visit looks like Shyamalan’s last gasp at trying to be a filmmaker. The fact that it’s a found footage film points to it having a miniscule budget – not surprising, considering how badly Shyamalan’s other movies of late have performed. The plot seems to be an attempt to rehash the story of Hansel and Gretel, but it’s also loaded with Shyamalan tropes like people standing creepily on rooftops, and weird old people acting strangely. I wonder if this will turn out to be a prequel to The Happening, focused on the old lady from that movie who was obsessed with lemonade.
The Visit comes out September 11, 2015. As if September 11 wasn’t already fraught with tragedy.