Consider, if you will, the scratchy yellow font on the poster for The New Mutants. Harsh against the blacks/grays of the background, it seems to be more of a warning than a reassurance.
The implication – borne out by a statement in the trailer that ‘baby rattlesnakes are more dangerous than adult rattlesnakes’ – seems to be that young mutants are the things that go bump in the night. They are the scary beasties.
It’s been a long while since M. Night Shyamalan has produced a movie that’s as good as Split – just over sixteen years, in fact (since Unbreakable).
He’s come close before – sixteen months ago, he almost did it with the fatally flawed The Visit – but he’s finally put it all together in this tale of three high school girls’ kidnapping by a man suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).
One of Kevin’s 23 personalities has kidnapped three girls – for a yet-to-be-revealed 24th personality.
The second trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Split is dark, twisted and bizarrely witty. It suggests that the director is back to his The Sixth Sense/Unbreakable level of quality. Check it out after the break.