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After what has felt like an eternity, M. Night Shyamalan delivers a knockout with his new thriller, Split. The film marks the glorious return of one of the most joked-about directors ever.
Shyamalan became one of Hollywood’s most popular filmmakers after his successful 1999 movie, The Sixth Sense He followed up the chilling thriller, famous for the quote, “I see dead people,” with two more successful films—Unbreakable and Signs
However, in 2004 his career took a turn for the worst when he directed The Village. Audiences have doubted his talent ever since. Fortunately, they won’t doubt him after seeing his latest picture.
Split follows Casey Cooke (Anya Taylor-Joy) and her two friends that were kidnapped by a man (James McAvoy) who has 23 distinct personalities. After conversing with a few of these different identities, the girls learn that a new, and extremely dangerous, personality is about to emerge.
Don’t think it, don’t say it.
“It” is referring to the evil, hooded boogeyman who stalks three college students in the new horror film, The Bye Bye Man, from STX Entertainment and director Stacy Title.
The movie, based on a chapter out of Robert Damon Schneck’s book, “The President’s Vampire,” is nothing more than a reminder that it’s officially January.
In case you don’t understand my reference, January and February (also August and September) are commonly referred to as “dump months.” To be more specific these months are when studios “dump” the movies they have the least faith in, critically and financially, into the theaters.
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Like most people my age, I can specifically remember staying up late and hanging on to every word of an R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps book. The Haunted Mask, Welcome to the Dead House, A Night in Terror Tower, One Day at HorrorLand, I read them all. The original Goosebumps series was a collection of sixty-two children books published from 1992 and 1997. They were the best things at those book fairs we had to go to during class in Elementary school.
Stine would be my gateway to horror-fiction, I had seen plenty of scary movies by that age, but I’d never read a horror story. Needless to say, I was hooked. Then came the television show, which I also enjoyed as a kid. But time came between me and the Goosebumps novellas. But years later, I would watch the trailer of a new movie, directed by Rob Letterman, that would bring all great memories back.
I was in the audience during Universal’s presentation at this year’s CinemaCon, when writer-director M. Night Shyamalan announced that The Visit was his way of “going back to his roots.” This statement wasn’t much of a shock since his films After Earth and The Last Airbender were all panned by critics and general audiences. It’s interesting, the man who made The Sixth Sense, is now someone whose name is usually the punchline to a joke. I will say, I’ve always felt he gets more flak than he deserves. Sure, I suffered through The Happening just like the rest of the world, but trust me there are far worse films and filmmakers out there.
Shyamalan explained to everyone at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace, “The goal of the film was to be the loudest, funnest movie-going experience.” Well, I can tell you that The Visit is not the loudest, nor the “funnest” movie-going experience I’ve had, but what I can tell you is that The Visit is not a bad film. Now that might seem backhanded, but I truly mean it. After his mistakes mentioned above, The Visit isn’t bad—it’s just not that great either.