James McAvoy in First Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's Thriller 'Split'

July 27, 2016
Source: YouTube


"He knows what you're here for. He listens to me…" Shyamalan is back with another thriller. Universal has unveiled a trailer for Split, the latest film written & directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The psychological supernatural thriller stars James McAvoy as a man haunted by 23 different personalities in his mind as part of dissociative identity disorder. The full cast includes Anya Taylor-Joy (from The Witch), Haley Lu Richardson, Kim Director, Jessica Sula, Sterling K. Brown, Betty Buckley and Brad William Henke. This looks very interesting, unlike any kind of psychological thriller we've seen before, and I think that's a good thing. The multiple personalities concept is intriguing, and I'm curious if there's a big twist.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for M. Night Shyamalan's Split, direct from YouTube:

Split Poster

Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart. Actress Anya Taylor-Joy said in an interview that Split "is not a horror film". Split is both written and directed by Indian-American filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, of the films The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender, After Earth previously, and The Visit most recently. Produced by Shyamalan and Jason Blum of Blumhouse. Universal will open Split in theaters everywhere starting January 20th, 2017 early next year. Thoughts?

Find more posts in To Watch, Trailer

Discover more around the web:

  • Justin R
    "This video is not available." I, for the most part, have enjoyed Shyamalan's films, and McAvoy is a great actor, so I'm curious to see how this looks. I'll search around elsewhere for the trailer though.
    • Ugh, sorry, apparently they pulled the trailer already. Will try and get an update and let you know when it's back.
      • Justin R
        Thanks! Actually just refreshed and it's up, watching it now.
        • Yep! There we go! It's back up and running. :) That didn't take too long at all... phew!
  • Shyamalan, the guy who said beyond any shame that he was the living Kubrick. I am stunned Studios keep giving him money to make bland movies at best.
    • Bo
      Did he really say that, tarek? Man oh wonder I've never liked this guy's stuff. None of it! Ever! That's an amazing thing for anyone to say, let alone this hack! He wouldn't make a pimple on Kubrick's butt! I can't believe day is totally ruined by, tarek.
      • Well, not litteraly speaking. I was just using a hyperbole. He said that people are giving him bad reviews because they don't get him and his style that borrows a lot from Kubrick and Hitchcock. And he finishes by saying that in Japan people think he is a genius, which confirm his theory that people in the US aren't smart enough to get him.... Talk about humility.
        • Bo
          Ah, well....whatever...I don't much care for the guy in his interviews and certainly not his movies. I didn't like The Sixth Sense...let alone some of his other horrible movies. At least I got why people liked Sixth...the others were just terrible and I have never watched any of them front to back. He's of no interest to me in the least. Later gator...
          • I can't even remember what happened in the sixth sense. All I remember is a depressed Bruce Willis pulling his depressing face for 2 hours. The whole movie was based on this final twist. Once you know what's all about this fuss, the whole movie becomes uninteresting. shyamalan reminds me of Lindelof screenwriting-wise. They write the twist first, and then they write the story around. Simetimes it sticks on the wall, and sometimes not. Well, most of the time.
          • Bo
            Well said and I agree. It's like what Tom Cruise revealed about making his, to me, vapid MI movies. He says they come up with the great stunts first and then fashion the story, etc. around them. I was appalled!! of course that's the way they do them as they are appealing to the mass audience and the lowest of the lowest common denominator. Which is why 'the folks' like them all around the world. Okay for them...not so for
    • shiboleth
      I agree with Bo, this statement ruins the day.
  • The visit was a good return of shyamalan, and this looks not so bad. Maybe he is restoring his old self...
  • I don't know if the trailer was edited by a drunk monkey or if the movie itself looks like this trailer... Cinematography is uninspired with these slow zoom/forward travelling. too much self awareness.
  • Maxim Karagogov
    I have a feeling it'll be one personality from the start.Anyway,McAvoy is good and Shyamalan had some solid films before.
  • I'm Batman
    This actually looks pretty good to me. Definitely creepy.
  • RAW_D
    Nice use of Ennio Morricone's For a Few Dollars More soundtrack (La Resa Dei Conti) at the beginning. And I guess since McAvoy shaved his head for X-Men, he might as well have gotten some use out of it for another project. This movie, however, looks somewhat silly to me. Maybe it's the trailer, but it seems almost comical intercutting McAvoy's personalities with one another, and I've been jaded too many times by Shyamalan to keep taking chances on his films. He's like Kevin Smith, they somehow keep getting financing to keep creating....Idk how they're even continuing to be commercially viable at this point....
    • They are probably dating studio exec. wives. I can't see another explanation.
  • Akirakorn
    SPOILER: ...there never was a Roy...
    • Josh W
      What a twist.
    • Nor there was any Batty. All those moments will be lost in time, like Time to die!
    • Jonathan
      No, there never was an Aaron.
    • bumboclot
      He's actually several identical people - not just one guy with a split personality!
  • Wozzatwistgunnabeeeeee? I hope it isn't a shania twain fest like the Happening.
  • Charles Knowlton
    I'd heard some good reviews about The Visit, so I rented it. The horrible, horrible kid rapping at the beginning was enough to make me shut it off. Couldn't stand to listen to another second of it. I don't know if the rest of the movie was any good and I don't care. This director has just been given too many chances.
    • Bo
      I agree. Even though I really like McAvoy, that's still not enough for me to watch anything by this director.
    • I watched the visit with great hope. It was an uninspired Blair Witch remake in a house. The movie had probably cost them 1000$. ( 600$ were spent on Pizza). Man! someone has to stop this found footage shtick.
  • I'm hoping it was only the trailer that wasn't edited very well, because this move looks like it could actually be good.
  • shiboleth
    I like McAvoy, but I think he would do better with some other director. This looks badly predictable. And not inspiring ...
  • Charles Montgomery Rockson
    I'll watch this movie with some faba beans and a nice chianti.
  • Fox
    Shyamalan should have rather read Brandon Sanderson's Legion book and made a movie based on that. Would have been much better.
  • Jonathan
    James McAvoy looks like he has a pretty good time with this but these types of movies are always so full of plot holes. Any bets on whether the girls are just other personalities of his?
  • Love
    How I Got My Ex Husband Back........... Greetings to every one that is reading this testimony. I have been rejected by my husband after three(3) years of marriage just because another woman had a spell on him and he left me and the kid to suffer. one day when i was reading through the web, i saw a post on how this spell caster on this address have helped a woman to get back her husband and i gave him a reply to his address and he told me that a woman had a spell on my husband and he told me that he will help me and after 2 days that i will have my husband back. i believed him and today i am glad to let you all know that this spell caster have the power to bring lovers back. because i am now happy with my husband. Thanks to Chief Dr. Lebo. That is why i am happy to share the testimony so anyone in need of help to contact him via or You can Call & WhatsApp him +27631394550
    Ready to watch McAvoy dance.
  • Lagoya
    How is M Night Shammlyamayamlayamayan still getting work? HOW?
    • bumboclot
      If this was a parody of a Shyamalan movie the trailer would be the same.
  • adur
    This looks great! It's a shame Shyamalan's career got derailed by some unfortunate choices but I think any honest cinephile will attest that he really is a talented director. I hope this continues the comeback he started with The Visit which was very solid.
  • VAharleywitch
    The movie may be over crap, but I see possible Oscar nom for McAvoy for this.




Alex's Top 10 - 2016
1. La La Land
2. Paterson
3. Arrival
4. Captain Fantastic
5. 20th Cent. Women
6. Pete's Dragon
7. Jackie
8. Kubo & Two Strings
9. Everybody Wants
10. Wilderpeople
Click Here for Thoughts

Jeremy's Top 10 - 2016
1. Moonlight
2. The Handmaiden
3. High-Rise
4. Elle
5. Arrival
6. Kubo & Two Strings
7. 13th
8. Jackie
9. Toni Erdmann
10. The Witch
Click Here for Thoughts


Subscribe to our feed or daily newsletter:
Follow Alex's main profile on twitter:
For the news posts only, follow this acct:
Add our feed to your Feedly: follow us in feedly