‘Split’ Trailer: M. Night Shyamalan and a Whole Bunch of James McAvoys

Split, the new thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, has a new trailer. In it, you will spot James McAvoy, James McAvoy, and James McAvoy. With a cameo from James McAvoy. You see, Split appears to be a horror film about a person unrealistically suffering from split personality disorder.

Just see for yourself:

This looks nuts. It also looks like it might be just insane enough to be so bad it’s good. As for it being flat-out good, well, there’s that January release date. And the visual evidence here. This looks like a whole ton of bad ideas wrapped up in an insane package of chaos. Don’t let that music from The Invitation fool you, there will be no subtle thrills here. Only madness, a la Raising Cain. Except Brian De Palma is nowhere to be found.

Shyamalan made a mini comeback last year with the decent found-footage horror The Visit, and I’m not sure what to do with this. There are some visual easter eggs, like the yellow flowers, that will undoubtedly turn out to be important in an absurd way; it’s the Shyamalan way. And James McAvoy sure seems to be having a lot of fun playing 23 personalities wrapped into one ham.

Split will open January 20.

Larry Taylor - Managing Editor
Larry Taylor - Managing Editor
Larry is the managing editor for Monkeys Fighting Robots. The Dalai Lama once told him when he dies he will receive total consciousness. So he's got that going for him... Which is nice.