M. Night Shyamalan continues comeback with new trailer for Split

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Oct 26, 2016

The latest low-budget shocker from the director of The Sixth Sense has a creepy new psycho-teaser to show you.

Split stars James McAvoy (the young Professor X in the X-Men movies) as Kevin, a deeply damaged man whose fractured mind contains 23 separate personalities -- each with its own unique physical attributes as well -- but whose psychiatrist (Betty Buckley, Carrie), believes there is one more personality submerged inside him and waiting to come out.

That identity finally manifests itself and compels Kevin to kidnap three girls (led by Anya Taylor-Joy from The Witch), who must find a way to survive Kevin's many different personalities as his mind begins to shatter and the multitudes inside him begin to merge.

Split finds Shyamalan once again teaming with genre producer extraordinaire Jason Blum (Insidious, The Purge, Paranormal Activity, many others) and the combination seems to have unlocked a new creative streak for the filmmaker, whose career had been grinding to a halt a few years ago with misfires like The Happening and After Earth. Last year's The Visit, his first project with Blum, was a sick and highly entertaining exploration of the found footage genre, while Split returns to traditional filmmaking with a very untraditional lead character.

It would certainly be satisfying to see the promise that Shyamalan showed with early pictures like The Sixth Sense and Signs fulfill itself with the grittier new direction of his current projects, and so far early reviews from Split's premiere at Austin's Fantastic Fest last month are encouraging, hailing it as his "most terrifying film to date" and "a masterful blend of Hitchcock and horror."

Watch the trailer and sound off below. Split arrives in theaters on Jan. 20, 2017.

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