I’ve been looking forward to M. Night Shyamalan’s new series Wayward Pines, because from the trailers, it looks to be a bit of a return to the Shyamalan of yore. To be honest, though, I had absolutely no idea he had a movie coming out this year as well. A trailer for The Visit came out today and if you hadn’t told me who wrote and directed this, I don’t think he would have been any one of my first 20 guesses. If Wayward Pines looks like Shyamalan’s impression of Twin Peaks, this looks like his impression of Paranormal Activity. Which, oh hey, actually makes sense. Here’s the official synopsis:
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of 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.
Now, I am definitely not saying this movie looks bad. It does, however, look distinctly un-Shyamalan. Not that that’s a bad thing. I still harbor some twisted hope that he’ll return to his late 90s/early aughts glory, which is why I keep subjecting myself to his movies, but I think I’m just about ready to let that go. I’ll see if The Visit will be the one to push me over the edge.