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Plot twist director Shyamalan goes for horror in ‘The Visit’

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Image: Director M. Night Shyamalan poses for portrait during the 2015 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego, California July 9, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni  


LONDON (Reuters) – Known for his plot twists, “The Sixth Sense” and “The Village” film director M. Night Shyamalan returns to cinema screens with comedy horror “The Visit”.

The movie tells the tale of two children who go to visit their grandparents, played by Deanna Dunagan and Peter McRobbie, but the elderly couple’s strange behaviour begins to scare them.

The movie also features some humour to relieve the tension — a technique Shyamalan said was inspired by fellow film director David Lynch’s work.

“I am getting obsessed by David Lynch movies. I am in that kind of head space of weird humour, kind of like inappropriate dark weird humour,” Shyamalan told Reuters in an interview.

Shyamalan wrote, directed and co-produced the film, which has no musical score, a deliberate choice.

“I didn’t score any scenes so you didn’t know whether it was…light suspense, you didn’t know whether it was going to be funny and awkward or it was going to be terrifying,” he said.

“So the whole time your body is just tense because I am not giving you any guidance.”

Shyamalan soared to fame with “The Sixth Sense” which starred Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment, especially for the plot twisting ending for which he has become famous for.

“I aspire to have a kind of a literary relationship with an audience like the author of a book does,” he said.

“Hopefully I will get to make 20 more movies and there will be a relationship with the author like when we go to read a Stephen King book or a John Grisham book.”

“The Visit” is released in British cinemas on Sept. 9 and in the United States two day later.

(Reporting By Edward Baran; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian)

Copyright 2015 Thomson Reuters. Click for Restrictions.

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