If the first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Split didn’t get you excited, perhaps this new one will do the trick.
Split looks like a completely irresponsible take on multiple-personality disorder, with James McAvoy playing Kevin, a nut job with 23 different personalities who kidnaps a trio of young girls for… something. There’s sure to be a surprise or two along the way.
This new trailer, however, leans into the supernatural element of the story. What happens when Kevin realizes his full craziness potential? Apparently he unleashes some sort of creature. Check this out:
This looks awesome. It seems like M. Night has finally tried to get rid of that self-seriousness that began plaguing his work after Signs and all the way up to the decent little thriller The Visit last year. I like this new Shyamalan.
And anyone who’s pissed off about the depiction of mental illness in an M. Night Shyamalan horror movie needs to go be offended elsewhere. If you’re looking for clinical accuracy here, it’s you who has the problem.
Split debuted at Fantastic Fest last month and got some positive early reviews. It opens wide January 20.