Yesterday we were having a dignified ogle over the new posters for M Night Shyamalan’s latest venture The Visit, which depicted a very different kind of trip to see your grandparents.
We figured a trailer would be out pretty soon to capitalise on any intrigue from the posters, and wouldn’t you know it? The trailer came out today. The Visit is Shyamalan’s first rodeo with The Purge, Paranormal Activity and Insidious craftsman Jason Blume, so there was a good chance that wobbly cameras would around in this trailer,and they are. But instead of me saying what I thought would be in the trailer and then confirming I was right, why not let you watch it for yourselves? Check it out, courtesy of Deadline:
Not a bad bit of work. It definitely seems to be tilted in Blume’s favour, to the extent that you’d know for sure it was one of his but you wouldn’t necessarily think it was a Shyamalan pic. Is that a good thing? Quite possibly. The director could certainly benefit from taking things in a different direction, going in the direction that most other commercial horrors are going is a safe bet. Although it would be much more gratifying for Shyamalan to come back with something entirely different. Still, baby steps.
The film looks to cash in on an underused hor half the people in the film seems to know what’s going on (the grandparents) and the other half are hopelessly pumping them for information (everyone else).
The Visit stars Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Kathryn Hahn, Ed Oxenbould and Olivia DeJonge, and is scheduled for a September 11 release.
It’s not easy being M Night Shyamalan. It was really easy at one point, but then it got super difficult around about The Last Airbender. But you have to give the Sixth Sense director credit that at this turning point (turns can be good or bad right?) in his career he is willing to try new things with his movies. Sure Airbenderand After Earth were on a much bigger scale than his earlier films and kind of failed miserably, but at least he learned from that and has scaled back dramatically for his latest endeavour The Visit, which we now have some creepy new posters.
Empire News is reporting on a set of US and UK posters released back to back to promote the upcoming project. Originally called Sundowning, The Visit tells the story of two young siblings and their mother visiting grandparents in a remote Pennsylvania farm, only to find that something funky is afoot. In the vein of folksy hospitality, the posters both use a combination of excessive sweetness and danger evoke that unspeakable terror of grandparents you don’t see very much. Check them out below:
Quite an original set of posters. The crochet artwork would seem more at home with a Wes Anderson film if it weren’t for the blood and stuff. This new approach could very well be Shyamalan’s new filmmaking partner Jason Blum rubbing off on him. Blum has been behind projects like The Purge and Insidious, and has serious experience with making good horror on a budget. A chance for M Night to get back to his roots maybe? The Pennsylvania location would certainly suggest so.
When we got the full list of films and documentaries premièring at the Sundance Festival in 2015, it was difficult to pick any particular film out for special interest; there’s simply too much madness to choose from. But now we have a trailer for one documentary in particular, namely The Visit from director Michael Madsen. If Madesn’s name sounds familiar, it’s not because of the other Michael Madsen. It’s because this particular Madsen directed Into Eternity: A Film for the Future. And now here she is with an equally ominously named project. I won’t mention the subject just yet, so have a look at the trailer first,brought to you via Twitch:
Aliens! Right? Well not really aliens but as close to aliens as we’ve really gotten, which is determining if we’re ready as a planet for an alien visit. There’s some pretty unprecedented access to the United Nations’ Office for Outer Space Affairs and other government bodies like London’s Ministry of Defence. This definitely looks like it could be an intriguing watch, so I’ll be looking out for it. Although I’m not ruling out any other Sundance docs yet, just because The Visit got a slightly earlier trailer.