M. Night Shyamalan looks to continue the momentum built from his much needed critically-acclaimed horror/thriller in last year’s The Visit. His next film is a similarly smaller thriller called Split, which stars James McAvoy as a mentally ill man with over 20 personalities (M.P.D.), who abducts three teenage girls. These girls are victim to each one of this man’s personalities, and while creating a plot to escape, they slowly uncover a horrific truth about something called The Beast.
Right away, this trailer captures my interest with McAvoy taking on such a complex character. Many recognize him from his role as Professor Xavier in the current X-Men franchise, but the actor is capable of so much more. Split is the kind of opportunity for McAvoy to showcase his range. As for the film itself, there’s a confined setting much like The Visit, with similarities along the lines of 10 Cloverfield Lane. I like it for Shyamalan because it allows him to tell a more focused story, and take advantage of the opportunities for scares provided by the setting alone. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Shymalan film without some kind of twist, and the one presented in this trailer regarding this Beast, really intrigues me.
Check out the trailer below for Split. The film reunites Shyamalan with producer Jason Blum (of Blumhouse Productions). Its also worth mentioning that cinematographer Mike Gioulakis, who also did It Follows, is doing the cinematography for this film. Split is set to hit theaters on January 20th of next year.