Not content with providing audiences with his upcoming mini-series Wayward Pines, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan is also returning to his roots with his latest feature The Visit. Sharing apparent similarities with the Grimm fairytale, Hansel and Gretel, The Visit relates the terrifying tale of a brother and sister who are bundled off to their grandparents’ isolated farm for a long weekend away. Once there, the children soon discover that there’s something amiss with the elderly couple and the household stove could well be used for something other than just gingerbread men.
M. Night Shyamalan openly revealed on Twitter that he had edited three different versions of the film with one being pure comedy, another pure horror, and the final cut falling somewhere in between. Interestingly the director also chose to mix in some elements of found footage style cinematography so it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out.
The Visit is produced under Shyamalan’s Blinding Edge Pictures banner as well as Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions and Mark Bienstock, who brought us the likes of Quarantine 2: Terminal and See No Evil 2 and is also onboard to produce the upcoming Chloë Grace Moretz crime drama, November Criminals.
Starring Kathryn Hahn, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Ed Oxenbould and Olivia DeJonge The Visit will arrive at UK cinemas from September 11th. We’ll leave you with the first official international trailer for the film and, whatever you do, DON’T come out of your room after 9:30 pm!!!
Words: Howard Gorman (@HowardGorman)