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Jason Blum says people will be pleasantly surprised by Shyamalan's The Visit

06.19.2015

I've long wished for a return to form from M. Night Shyamalan; several of his early works including THE SIXTH SENSE and UNBREAKABLE still retain their status amongst my list of favourite films, but unfortunately the once great director can't seem to return to the storyteller that was once labeled as the next Spielberg.

M. Night Shyamalan's latest film, THE VISIT, marks his micro-budgeted return to horror and is being produced by the king of micro-budget horror, Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions. Blum spoke with Hitfix on why M. Night Shyamalan's less-than-stellar standing in the film world has made him all the more excited to get Shyamalan's latest film out there for everyone to see.

I think the backlash kinda made me more excited about it. I really kind of get a kick out of going down the road less traveled, I suppose. ...I think he's an incredibly talented filmmaker. I think that every single amazing and talented filmmaker, some of their movies are better than others. I think that's he's slightly getting less in vogue now than he was, which to me is kind of more exciting. And I think when you see "The Visit," and when people see "The Visit," they'll see it's -- you know, he's really back to -- it feels like one of his earlier movies, and it really feels like one of the Night films that made him who he is. It's really scary, and really gets under your skin. It's more of a...thriller, but it's a terrific movie, I'm really proud of it. And I'm even prouder of it that...I think people will be very pleasantly surprised by it.

Our first trailer for THE VISIT didn't exactly blow me away, the found footage aspect was a bit of a disappointment, but I remain hopeful that I'll be as pleasantly surprised by THE VISIT as Jason Blum seems to think I will be. I will admit to being pleasantly surprise by one of Shyamalan's other recent projects; Wayward Pines, a limited-series which is currently airing on Fox, has ended up being far better than I thought it would be.

Here’s the official synopsis for THE VISIT:

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.

THE VISIT is set for a September 11, 2015 release.

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Source: Hitfix

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8:29AM on 06/22/2015
Pretty late to the "found footage" party there M.Night.
Pretty late to the "found footage" party there M.Night.
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6:42PM on 06/20/2015

Twist ending

After watching the trailer I hope the twist ending is they just have alzheimer's.
After watching the trailer I hope the twist ending is they just have alzheimer's.
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5:21AM on 06/20/2015
That's high praise indeed. Translation, its not the worst movie ever made, so you should be happy.
That's high praise indeed. Translation, its not the worst movie ever made, so you should be happy.
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2:56AM on 06/20/2015
That trailer looked awful.

I'm that guy that always insists he loves Unbreakable even more than The Sixth Sense (but I loathed Signs, egad). I definitely agree that the found-footage thing is not going to be Shyamalan's return. Honestly, I don't see the fuss. The guy gave us two (or three, for the Signs fans) really interesting and compelling thrillers. He may never adapt to find something new. Kudos to him for creating some really exciting movies. An understanding nod of wistful respect
That trailer looked awful.

I'm that guy that always insists he loves Unbreakable even more than The Sixth Sense (but I loathed Signs, egad). I definitely agree that the found-footage thing is not going to be Shyamalan's return. Honestly, I don't see the fuss. The guy gave us two (or three, for the Signs fans) really interesting and compelling thrillers. He may never adapt to find something new. Kudos to him for creating some really exciting movies. An understanding nod of wistful respect that he seems unlikely to ever come that close again.
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12:49AM on 06/20/2015
I'm really enjoying Wayward Pines, and I hope this is indeed a return for him in a good way!
I'm really enjoying Wayward Pines, and I hope this is indeed a return for him in a good way!
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12:11AM on 06/20/2015
I assumed for his next film Shyamalan was just going to shove the camera up his own ass and make people watch that for two hours. It would still be better than The Happening.
I assumed for his next film Shyamalan was just going to shove the camera up his own ass and make people watch that for two hours. It would still be better than The Happening.
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6:44PM on 06/20/2015
You are insane. The happening was one of the best comedies of that year.
You are insane. The happening was one of the best comedies of that year.
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9:55PM on 06/19/2015
The trailer looked like shit. Found footage ain't gonna save your career Shyamalan.
The trailer looked like shit. Found footage ain't gonna save your career Shyamalan.
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9:12PM on 06/19/2015
I think most people will be pleasantly surprised that it's still as bad as all his previous movies were, instead of getting better.
I think most people will be pleasantly surprised that it's still as bad as all his previous movies were, instead of getting better.
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9:02PM on 06/19/2015
Agree with Scorpio77 and have never brought into the found footage fad but I have enjoyed Wayward Pines and I most admit the trailer too The Visit does look very creepy, but doubt if I will see it in a theater.
Agree with Scorpio77 and have never brought into the found footage fad but I have enjoyed Wayward Pines and I most admit the trailer too The Visit does look very creepy, but doubt if I will see it in a theater.
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8:36PM on 06/19/2015
You're the producer of the movie, the guy is supposed to promote his movie. I just rewatched Unbreakable & to me that movie is near perfect & it's kinda sad how far Shyamalan's career has fallen, to me Signs was his last good movie. I'm not into these found footage movies, they bore me.
You're the producer of the movie, the guy is supposed to promote his movie. I just rewatched Unbreakable & to me that movie is near perfect & it's kinda sad how far Shyamalan's career has fallen, to me Signs was his last good movie. I'm not into these found footage movies, they bore me.
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