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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Visit’ Has “Disturbing Thematic Material”

Universal Pictures recently acquired M. Night Shyamalan’s top secret The Visit (originally titled Sundowning) and set it for release September 11, 2015 (per Deadline).

Now, the MPAA has rated the film PG-13 for “disturbing thematic material including terror, violence and some nudity, and for brief language.“

“The Visit focuses on a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a week long 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.

In addition to the previously announced Kathryn Hahn and Ed Oxenbould, the pic also stars Erica Lynne Marszalek, Peter McRobbie, Olivia DeJonge, Deanna Dunagan, Benjamin Kanes, Jon Douglas Rainey, Brian Gildea, Shawn Gonzalez, Richard Barlow, Steve Annan, and Michael Mariano.



  • Dustin

    *begins bad Tom Cruise impression* SHOW ME THE TRAILER!

  • markajacoby

    Seriously… Except for one twist in a movie, why do we care what this guy does?

    • Chance LeBoeuf

      I thought Unbreakable was pretty cool, but that was the last ever watchable thing from him. No one in their right mind does care. Unless I guess to find even more stupid stuff to make memes out of ,or mock him about.

      • BloodyMcFlipp

        Yep, Unbreakable is my MNS fav. I’m also one of 4 people in the world that likes signs.

        • Alistair Hocker

          Signs was good right up until the alien in the pantry. The footage from the kids birthday party still gives me the creeps.

          • Chrissie-Watkins

            Yeah! I agree with all that. Signs had its moments, for sure. But I am very, VERY angry that I ever watched Lady in the Water.

  • REC03

    i like the plot to this and i love Kathryn Hahn. sadly Mr. Night will surly screw it up….

  • Chance LeBoeuf

    Let me guess, the grandparents are trying to steal the children’s bodies for youth ,or planning to sacrifice them for some kind of occult stuff.

    • Alistair Hocker

      Or the twist is they are doing what they are doing to save them, ala Jacobs Ladder.

    • Chrissie-Watkins

      Well, lets think about it, the original title was Sundowning, which is a term for a type of dementia that gets worse in the evenings. So, possession, maybe? Aliens are controlling their bodies?

  • Maxime C

    Yeah his least movies were disturbing too, disturbingly bad.

    • Drake

      That doesn’t erase the existence of his excellent movies like “Unbreakable”, “Signs”, and “The Sixth Sense”. He’s still better than Michael Dumbass Bay whose stupid movies promote misogyny, homophobia, racial stereotyping, “heroes” with disgustingly vile attitudes (making Optimus yell sadistic one-liners like “Give me your face!” and “You die!” is SICKENING), creepy perverted objectification of females, and obnoxious character-interaction for the sake of “comedy” even though there’s nothing funny about obnoxiousness. Shyamalan has a far more classy/down-to-earth personality, so he’s far more worthy of respect than Bay.

      • Maxime C

        Can I ask why you even talk about Michael Bay ? I’m not comparing the two of them, obviously.
        If you hate him so much write an essay or something.

        As for Shylaman, I’m not saying all of his next movies will be lame, I’m just saying a couple of his lasts were.

        Just because you love Stuart Little and Devil doesn’t make you right.
        And The Village was not Half good, it was fully boring.

  • brewers_rule

    I’m beginning to hate Night’s propensity for putting “The” into his movie titles as much as Whitney Cummings’ insistence on putting “And” into the title of every damned 2 Broke Girls episode. Lack of grammar is a minor thing, I know, but it’s like nails on a chalkboard to me.

    • vmackey

      Oh c’mon. You know you love 2 broke girls. Yes, you do. Yeeeees, you do. Because, boobs.

      • brewers_rule

        I do love the show and watch it religiously because I’ve been a fan of Kat Dennings since Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist both creatively and superficially. Just grinds on me when I see the title on my dvr every week being “And….” It’s grammatical laziness.

    • Chrissie-Watkins

      I thought “Sundowning” was a much better title, I have no idea why they changed it.

  • Alanmac

    Why do actors and movie patrons keep flocking to this guy’s films? The Sixth Sense was a good flick but only the first time, or maybe a second viewing just to see the hints that you missed, but other than that he’s made nothing but shit.

    • vmackey

      Unbreakable was excellent and Signs was good (except for that shitty ending).

      • Drake

        Don’t forget he wrote the amazing “Stuart Little” and wrote/produced “Devil” (which was also good). And “The Village” was HALF-GOOD, which justifies its existence…Whenever he does make a bad movie (EVERY filmmaker makes a bad movie sooner or later), it’s NEVER FOR THE SAME REASONS….You can’t predict whether his next movie will be good or bad and WHY it’s good or bad, because M. Night is a true auteur who appreciates the art of cinema and is just trying out new ideas until he finds something that actually works. And I will continue to support him and watch every movie he makes, and when he finally makes another excellent movie like “Signs” and “The Sixth Sense”, I will cheer like there’s no tomorrow.
        Thanks for listening, Drake out.

  • Ress EZ

    How come a storyline like this can be top secret? Obviously this is not a top priority project at the studio right?

  • Mightygil

    I don’t care what anybody else thinks, I love M Night and like most of his stuff, and I’m hoping this one goes back to his older, better stuff

    • vmackey

      Agreed. I just hope the guy would be a little less pretentious though, especially during interviews. But I hope he’ll make a good come back.

  • Porty Guil

    when did pg-13 movies start including nudity? i allowed my 13 year old son to watch The Quiet Ones, pg-13, and there’s a nude bathtub scene with nipples. i might as well get him a subscription to playboy on his 14th birthday next month

    • Alistair Hocker

      We certainly don’t want children seeing nipples.

    • vmackey

      Oh my God, you’re right. Nipples are so Evil. If only we were born without it. The world would be such a better place.

    • Richter Belmont

      Nudity been allowed ever since PG-13 was introduced in 1984. Heck, the Sheena film was rated PG at the time, and it had full frontal nude scenes of Tanya Roberts.

      Here’s a better answer to your question, though:

    • Go Video

      You better remove your son’s nipples then. Because eventually he might look in a mirror without his shirt on and see them. Imagine the money you’ll have to spend on therapy after that catastrophe.

    • Heather Kenealy

      As long we can still have terror violence right? Awesome.

    • Tyson Runnels

      A subscription to playboy? You’re the coolest dad ever!

  • Whiskeyriver

    The twist is the grandparents are the ones who are trapped in that house and the two young kids are their younger version visiting from the past. In order to free themselves from this purgatory, they would have to wipe out their younger self so that their spirits are released from the evils of the house.

    the two kids exist in the modern world but the grandparents see their younger selves as they looked in the 1940’s.

    The double twist is that the grandparents are senile and they believe that their grandchildren are really their young version from the past and are trying to kill them.

    The third twist is M.Night Shaymalakalaouca will supplant himself into the film as a pivotal character who ends up warning the town that Zombies are coming but nobody believes him until it’s too late making ‘The Visit’ a film about Zombie where only two Zombies shows up (the Grandparents) at the very end.

    “Genius, M. NIGHT. You just saved us tons of cash on make up and special effects. Let’s get the project rolling.” ….Producer.

  • zombie84_41

    Hope it doesn’t blow ass like his past other movies. It sounds cool. I bet it has to do with vampires or something I certainly hope not though. I really liked the happening because that movie was clearly the funniest damn film. After earth was beyond horse shit.

  • LuJr81

    Man! I can’t wait for this! Psych just kidding Shyamalan, just give it up man. What a twist!! lmao Can’t believe studios keep funding this dumbasses shitfests. Such a waste of time, film, and money.

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