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Get trapped in an elevator with the DEVIL! First trailer for the M. Night produced horror flick!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a look at a new horror flick called DEVIL about strangers trapped in a pretty damn big elevator with Old Scratch. Looks pretty fun, actually. M. Night Shyamalan is producing, which, sadly, is good in that it means he's not writing or directing. He came up with the story, something I'm sure he's still great at and then handed the reins over to Brian Nelson. The Dowdle Bros directed it and from the looks of things it's going to be their best movie. I hated Poughkeepsie Tapes with a passion and thought Quarantine was watered down repeat of the original [REC]. The trailer's solid... and the "Candy Bars!" guy from Super Troopers is in it! Click here for Glorious Quicktime Here's the embed from TrailerAddict if you don't want to wait for Quicktime, you impatient bastard!

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  • July 13, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST


    by CodeName

  • July 13, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Yeah, with M. Night only getting...

    by Gil Brooks

    ...producer and story credit, I can actually look forward to this. Very cool premise.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Suntzu this is all you

    by Monolith_Jones

    In the other TB I noted that Shymalan wrote the story but didn't write the screenplay, is that normal for him?

  • July 13, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST


    by UltimaRex

    Keeping an eye on it. Not expecting much. Superman news?

  • July 13, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Fuck Shyamalan

    by Strikerrjones

    Anything he touches, I am boycotting. Bastard ruined my Avatar.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Yet another good looking trailer...

    by diseptikon

    That will result in complete and utter shit.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    From the mind...

    by SunTzu77

    From the mind of the dude who wrote that trees and plants are pissed off at humans... from the mind who wrote that aliens who are afraid of water and come to a planet that's 75% water... from the mind of the dude that butchered an anime series... yes... we bring you another horrible thriller... errrr horror thriller from the mind of M. Night!

  • July 13, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    RIP Shyamalan...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    His career is already beginning to decay.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST

    The Critics will love this one!!!!!

    by RPLocke

  • July 13, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    They get trapped in elevator 6! OOOooooOOOOOoo! One of them isn't who they say they are!!! oOOooOOOoooO is it the Devil? Someone possessed by the Devil? And, why in the hell of all the places on Earth would he trap ppl in an elevator?! Maybe it's the elevator inside Goldman Sachs?!! Maybe it will be a hidden commentary on our greed or capitalistic structure (As if we need more social commentary... we've had enough from the crap known as The Village and The Happening)!!! Beware of... DEVIL!!!!!!! OoOOoOOOOOOOO! Who knows... this might not suck... I mean a blind squirrel finds an acorn every once on awhile.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Can't really say I'll skip it . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . when I already saw everything. I always laugh just looking at that dude in the suit, from (500) Days of Summer.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    The twist is...

    by rev_skarekroe's a good movie!

  • July 13, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    From the Mind of M Night

    by D o o d

    comes yet another disappointing turgid movie.<p>I love how the trailers always look amazing but the end result is always shite!

  • July 13, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    If the muzak is Pick Up the Pieces, then we know it's the devil

    by terry1978

    That goddamn song.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    I had to kill M. Night because he made a mistake...

    by DickJones

    Based on the trailer alone...I'm divided. Must see MOAR before I pass judgment.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Is this about the JERSEY DEVIL?

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    Maybe a modern retelling of the myth? <p>Of course, I will watch it...reluctantly. I keep lowering my standards, but M. Night keeps finding new and surprising ways to stoop even lower than my lowered standards! </p> <p> The choppy acting...short, glued together scenes...basic dialog...and serious self-adulation...has been too much to bear! </p> Still, I am crossing my fingers and hoping that M. Night will stop kissing his own butt and at least try to get some good acting out of these characters.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    Yeah... I don't get it... on the trailer site it says John Erick Dowdle directed.. and M. Night wrote it. But, on IMDB.... it says John and Drew Dowdle (brothers) directed it. The writer is Brian Nelson... who wrote the screenplay based on a story by M. Night Shyamalan. Is this a marketing ploy to get M. Night out of the shitter? Here's the plot line on IMDB - "A group of people trapped in a elevator realize that the devil is among them."

  • July 13, 2010, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Or, the twist...

    by SunTzu77

    Or, the twist will be that everyone in the elevator has something in common... they either represent a type of sin... or screwed over someone in particular.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST


    by ConfusedPanda

    Credit must be give to whoever put together that trailer. Regardless of the movie's quality, that seems to be about as good as a trailer can be for this kind of movie. It is interesting how movies with limited settings often get good trailers. I guess it's because the first 30 seconds to a minute of the trailer can basically show you the beginning of the movie, getting the viewer invested in the premise/plot and characters, and then the rest of the trailer can show a bunch of quick "you won't believe how crazy things get" moments from the movie, often with some of the biggest moments from the last 45 minutes, which is usually when the movie's plot goes on auto-pilot with cliche action, yet those moments are usually the most enticing in the trailer. This trailer had me thinking of Inside Man, Panic Room, Identity, and some other movies all within a couple minutes.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Yeah I don't get it...

    by SunTzu77

    On apple's site " Synopsis: Devil is a supernatural thriller with M. Night Shyamalan’s signature touch." <br> <br> How is it his touch if he didn't direct it or write the screenplay... unless IMDB is wrong... it says M. Night is only given credit to the story and not the screenplay.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    wow what an original concept!

    by Rubiks Doob

    I mean put 5 strangers in an elevator and one's the devil/a killer. Never heard of such an idea. Well maybe as the first example of seriously cliched ideas in most screenwriting books. But anyways- Night you suck ass at directing/producing/writing/acting- everything.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Ed Wood's Ghost

    by Those_arent_pillows

    would be very happy indeed!!

  • July 13, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Looks a mighty sight better...

    by MaxTheSilent

    ...then that sack of atrocious dogshit he made into THE LAST AIRBENDER.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST


    by hitchhiker42

    It's sad...he's married to Christina hendricks...sad day for me

  • July 13, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST

    could this be

    by Lemure_v2

    the proof that Shymalananallanan does still have talent...?

  • July 13, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    M. Who?

    by SifoDyasJr.

    I don't know anyone by that name

  • July 13, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    It's like LOST but in a elevator!!!

    by RPLocke

  • July 13, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Found more info....

    by SunTzu77

    "Speaking of Universal, they’re set up to release the first film in the Night Chronicles series, Devil, on February 11, 2011. Deadline Hollywood is now reporting that the second film in the series will be Twelve Strangers, a thriller that involves a jury deliberating a case involving the supernatural. Shyamalan has tapped writer Chris Sparling to write the script. Sparling most recently wrote Buried, the upcoming thriller starring Ryan Reynolds that was recently snatched up after a very positive outing at Sundance. [Paul Martin's Note: Twelve Strangers is another great idea for a film. I have a feeling that it's going to be a fun movie. Sounds kind of similar to the courtroom scene in Ghostbusters II, but not entirely, as that one was decided by a judge, and this is focused on the jury.]" <br> <br>

  • July 13, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    If I were Hollywood and was selling a movie

    by Datascream

    I wouldn't put M.Night's name on ANYTHING anymore.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Found some more info...

    by SunTzu77

    M. Night Shyamalan has set the second feature to be made through his genre producing banner Night Chronicles. The project comes as Shyalaman promotes development exec Ashwin Rajan to president of production for the Media Rights Capital-backed genre label. Shyamalan and MRC set Chris Sparling to write Twelve Strangers, a thriller that involves a jury deliberating a case involving the supernatural. Sparling scripted Buried, the Rodrigo Cortes-directed Ryan Reynolds-in-a-coffin thriller snapped up by Lionsgate after a raucous midnight premiere screening at Sundance by the writer's UTA reps. Rajan is the former agent with whom Shyamalan launched the company to produce projects based on the filmmaker’s ideas. The construct of Shyamalan's original three-year deal with MRC is to make one film a year with up and coming filmmakers. They've wrapped the first Night Chronicles film, the John Dowdle-directed Devil. The thriller will be distributed next February 11 by Universal. That studio, coincidentally, is the major that so far has shown the most interest in the untitled Shyamalan-scripted thriller that CAA is shopping as his possible next directing project. I'm told Bradley Cooper would play a father on a desperate search for his missing child. It might stray into Taken terrain, but the father taps into some supernatural powers to aid the search. THR reported that Cooper, Bruce Willis and Gwyneth Paltrow are loosely attached. There is no certainty a deal will close at Universal, and I’m told there's interest from some non-studio backers. Shyamalan’s now preoccupied with launching The Last Airbender. Paramount long ago carved out a pre-Independence Day release date. The July 1 date gives the film a shot at the family film crowd, between Toy Story 3/Grown Ups and the Universal/Illumination animated film Despicable Me. <br> <br> <br> <br> Rajan is supposedly M. Night's cousin.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    More More info...

    by SunTzu77

    Shyamalan's 'Night Chronicles' to Teach Three Young Filmmakers the Art of Critically Reviled Pretentiousness <br> <br> If it's true that he who laughs last laughs loudest, then we can hear M. Night Shyamalan this morning cackling all the way from his exurban Philadelphia enclave. Less than two months after his beleaguered The Happening hurdled billboard vandals and epidemic critical loathing on the way to wallet-fattenting coup, Cash-Machine Manoj announced a deal with financiers Media Rights Capital to develop and produce a slate of films through 2011. <br> <br> The good news? Manoj will neither writer nor direct, but slough his stories off to hand-picked filmmakers who may or may not make this a B-movie project worth watching. The bad news? MRC is actually letting him bundle the films under the name The Night Chronicles, according to Variety: <br> <br> The projects aren't formalized, and no writers have yet been hired, but Shyamalan has at least two ideas that could become films. The Night Chronicles will be based near Philadelphia, where the filmmaker lives and works. To oversee development, MRC has hired Ashwin Rajan, a veteran UTA agent who is Shyamalan's cousin. ... <br> <br> "Filmmakers have always been my inspiration," Shyamalan said in a statement. "Working with the next wave of innovative filmmakers will teach me many things that I can bring to my own writing/directing and give my stories the opportunity to be brought to the screen in a stunning way." <br> <br> Certain details remain to be worked out, including the size of the words "FROM ONCE-ACCLAIMED PRODUCER M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN" on promotional materials, to whether or not the requisite filmmaker-aggrandizing cameo will feature the directors-in-training or, as per tradition, Manoj himself. But if The Anand Jon Story isn't optioned by lunch, we'll be shocked. <br> <br>

  • July 13, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST

    It's very telling......

    by D o o d

    how some TB's question whether this could prove he's a good film maker after seeing every new trailer. Then when the dogshit is released, they curse until the next trailer is released.<p>It is fair to say that making trailers is an art form in itself. They sometimes make watchable the Unwatchable!

  • July 13, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Oh great, another excuse to bash Shyamalan

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    I'm starting to feel sorry for the guy. He's getting critically mauled, savaged by fanboys, his films aren't making money...and the tragic thing is he's genuinely talented. He's just drove down a creative cul-de-sac and can't find the reverse pedal. I really feel sorry for him.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    well, I know 3 of the 5 people aren't the "thing"

    by BadMrWonka

    great trailer, that was. if you pay attention even a little bit, you know 3/4 of the plot, and 3 out of the 5 people aren't the bad thing.<p>but hey, if you have half a brain, I don't think you're going to see a retarded gimmick horror movie produced my a hack, right?

  • July 13, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Movie? Maybe. M. Night....

    by MJDeViant

    what a self appreciating dickhead. If he wants credit for the story, fine more power to him, but how about in the normal credits and not like its some HUGE deal. "A Night Chronicle"'s trying to make himself a brand and it is failing horribly. This movie looks so on the fence that the trailer actually irritated me. Concept-wise it could be good, maybe like a "No Exit" kind of deal, but I highly doubt that. I'm sorry though Night has got to stop stamping his name all over everything. 6th Sense, Unbreakable......good flicks IMO. Signs? Decent. The rest? Downhill. I could see night doing an Eddie Murphy Nutty Professor "thriller" where he is all the characters. The movie would be called "Monotonous Bland"

  • July 13, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST


    by Canidate_Micheal

  • July 13, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    The Night Chronicles: Devil

    by LimemonkeyX3

    That's the full title. Apparently M. Shammy is producing three films in the "Chronicles." Yikes. This guy still thinks he's hot shit. That's unfortunate.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:55 p.m. CST

    The trailer does NOT rock

    by Monolith_Jones

    Not even the trailer for this looks good.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST


    by gruemanlives

    I bet they all have to "swing away" to get out of the elevator, only to find that they are all ghosts in a sheltered world that is far more futuristic than it seems which happens to be ruled by plants that control human thought, while a rebelious group that can control the elements is the only key to salvation. Oh, and they all survive the elevator crashing only to find a creepy cripple was the one who planned it all.

  • July 13, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    this lucky schnozberry licking mofo

    by fanboy71

    is married to Christina Hendricks. Glad to see him getting some work, but I'm surprised he'd ever want to leave the house.

  • July 13, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST

    I don't know about this one...

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    looks great....but M Night keeps giving us hot turds.

  • July 13, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    I'd give anything to see those exact words onscreen.

  • July 13, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST

    I appreciate that he is producing these films

    by MJDeViant

    but you know if one of them is good its just gonna push up his name even though there were other directors and writers. That's why that "Night Chronicle" bs is dumb to me. He could of took the high road and kept his name in the credits and let the films try to go on their own merits instead of squeezing his name everywhere. I would say it is probably the marketing/studio that want his name except for he even goes the extra mile to include himself in his films.

  • July 13, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST

    He doesn't leave.

    by Monolith_Jones

    She does.

  • July 13, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST

    The ultimate twist...

    by ConfusedPanda

    ...for M. Night would be for him to read the AICN talkbacks for his movies. I feel bad for him just thinking about it happening. I'm sure others would laugh and laugh some more.

  • July 13, 2010, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Fantastic. Now I can read a ton of news stories

    by RPLocke

    from the web on how terrible it is.

  • July 13, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    I guess even motorboating those could get boring..

    by fanboy71

    after the 2 THOUSANDTH time. haha

  • July 13, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    I wish I had M. Night's determination. He's oblivious

    by BetterCallSaul

    to the fact that he makes shitty films.

  • July 13, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    No thank you.

    by Party_Animal_IV

  • July 13, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST


    by mooseaka

    The my office is in the building above "Chance Encounters"

  • July 13, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST


    by mooseaka

    My office is in the building above "Chance Encounters"

  • July 13, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Damnit, these talkbacks need an edit feature

    by mooseaka

  • July 13, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST


    by IndianaPeach

    But I bet the script is awesome.

  • July 13, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    M. Night + Nelson...

    by Logan_1973

    ...and we're excited about this why?

  • July 13, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Why is this hack still allowed to make movies??

    by darthwaz1

    One great movie: Unbreakable, and it's REALLY great. The rest are very mediocre.

  • July 13, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST


    by Crow3711

    Take Night's name out of the trailer and you've got me interested at least. Looks like fun.

  • July 13, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Herc isn't going to tell them, about the EVENT

    by BillboeFett

    because Joss Whedon didn't write it

  • July 13, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST

    M. Night's name is a liability now, just like Lindsay Lohan

    by MattmanReturns

    His involvement is certainly nothing to be proud of.

  • July 13, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Good to see Bokeem Woodbine..

    by ganymede3010

    IMO he is the Devil. That dude can play crazy like no other.

  • July 13, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    If M Night had made a Marx Bros. movie,

    by thegreatwhatzit

    it would have probably been THE BIG STORE (no, not LOVE HAPPY, I somehow have a soft spot for that movie). But let's hope for the best. Historians insist that CITIZEN KANE is Orson Welles' only "great" movie (but they neglect the merit of LADY FROM SHANGHAI, TOUCH OF EVIL, even the underrated THE STRANGER). I hope that Night has more than one SIXTH SENSE in him, which is now his one and only CITIZEN KANE; remember when Bruce willis was a skilled actor? (allow me to deflect hyprocrisy by admitting that LAST BOY SCOUT kicked ass).

  • July 13, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST

    'Prince of Darkness' meets 'Will the Real Martian...'

    by kevred

    ...Please Stand Up', the old Twilight Zone episode.<p>What they show in the trailer looks very prosaic and not very supernaturally imaginative, which is too bad. It's not convincing me.

  • July 13, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST

    People like to...

    by ConfusedPanda

    ...think of all the possible twists for this kind of movie's climax, and the real twist is never as satisfying as thinking about the possibilities. Plus, the most amusingly creative twists that people think up most likely wouldn't actually be good if used. If the elevator goes down to Hell in the movie at all, I think most people would immediately want to dismiss it. That kind of idea works best in short stories. Other common twist-ideas, such as the devil presenting himself as multiple individuals (which can narrow the characters down to one protagonist we can root for in the last 30 minutes), are more yawn inducing. If you have a twist that is unrelated to the majority of the plot, which is unfortunately one of the most common approaches to a plot twist in recent movies, you're basically showing that having a twist is more important than having a logical plot. When people like these kinds of movies, it's usually because of the execution and "the journey" of getting to the disappointing twist. If it's a good twist, it's impressive. If it's a bad twist, you get to feel good about yourself by criticizing and tearing down the twist.

  • July 13, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Almost as realistic as that movie about the killer tire.

    by RPLocke

  • July 13, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST

    The final twist is..............................................

    by crackerfarmboy

    WE are all the elevator!!!!!!!

  • July 13, 2010, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Looks better than the Village

    by Captain Hollywood

    Not as good as Signs. I like the idea behind it, but it seems kinda cliche. I also like the Twelve Strangers pitch as it seems like 12 Angry Men-ish but with a case that I think will resonate with viewers from our generation. Ghosts and the supernatural are no longer niche markets or considered strange if people believe them. I dunno we'll see.

  • July 13, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    It's the older lady

    by Horgy

    I'm calling it right now. She's the Devil.

  • July 13, 2010, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Does Night just flip through the Twilight Zone companion for ide

    by Redmond

    Isn't this just "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up" in an elevator?

  • July 13, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: The Movie

    by TheJudger

    I know the inspiration! We know he doesn't like Disney anymore, thanks to them telling him Lady in the Water would suck. So That would be the metaphor for the Devil I guess.

  • July 13, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    The Twist Is....

    by Fleet

    ...Jaden Smith is the devil - And he appears in the elevator at the end, does the robot dance and a badly executed round-house kick before looking directly into the camera and saying "Sup?"

  • July 13, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Regarding Signs.

    by CoursinLarry

    Where else were the aliens supposed to go to harvest human beings?! Of COURSE they came to Earth even though it's largely made up of water. Humans are allergic to bullets, but that doesn't stop us from going to war. I'm so sick and tired of that argument against Signs. Use your damn brains, will ya?

  • July 13, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST

    for film sake, someone please make him stop already

    by Brannagins Law

  • July 13, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST

    All his films have made money!

    by Cruzboy

    Check it out... the only one that hasn't is The Last Airbender but it's still going and will surely recover its budget... even the Happening (which was atrocious) made $168 mil with a budget of $48 mil... plus you gotta ad dvd sales to all of those totals... the guy's going to be around for a long time... i just hope he finds his old magic sooner rather than later.

  • July 13, 2010, 11:14 p.m. CST

    larry re: signs

    by Monolith_Jones

    Soldiers wear armor. They don't invade another county naked. Not anymore.

  • July 13, 2010, 11:15 p.m. CST


    by Viewer 3

    Take that, losers.<p><p>The End<p>[Directed by M. Night Sham-a-lot]

  • July 13, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    In defense of The Village

    by Viewer 3

    I don't have a problem with people for hating on the movie, unless their primary reason is the "twist". I honestly only saw the movie once long ago, and don't remember it being all that great, but still remember being surprised at all the hate it got.<p><p>[SPOILER]<p><P>The biggest load of garbage I've ever heard is when people cry and sob over the fact that "they build up the entire film to be a monster movie, only to find out that THERE IS NO MONSTER!! WHAT A RIP OFF!!"<p><p>Now I understand most people are quite simply allergic to using brain cells when watching movies. If they want to see monsters, they had BETTER get them. I mean who cares if the ACTUAL twist of the story is far more profound and cerebral than just some monster running around? Psh, people just want to see whatever they feel they were promised. Because for some reason they're entitled to it. Right?<p><p>Seriously. If you just hated the "twist" in general, that's perfectly fine. But if you hated the entire movie because you felt you were ENTITLED to something, then either learn to expand your horizons just a bit beyond your middle-school mentality, or shut your mouth.

  • July 13, 2010, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Mnight gave me a hand job

    by KonkBob

    And I still turned down his script, after I finished myself off

  • July 13, 2010, 11:42 p.m. CST

    This is what M. Night needs

    by Dharma4

    Ideas of his written and directed by a fresh pair of eyes. This could be good.

  • July 13, 2010, 11:56 p.m. CST

    depends on the rating

    by MegaStiffy

  • July 13, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Depends on the rating

    by MegaStiffy

    I hate watered down pg-13 horror.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST

    It's going to suck ass!

    by Cobb05

    Quarantine sucked. [REC} is a far superior movie. This does sound like a bad Twilight Zone episode. The twist better be some big amazing thing, or this movie is crap. Is it going to turn out that they trap the devil in the elevator and the guys watching set it all up? It was called The Howling Man. And the second Night Chronicles movie sounds like its 12 Angry Men with a supernatural twist.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:23 a.m. CST

    M. Night the twist is his career was dead the whole time

    by Phategod2

    Not since Sheumacher has a career gone up in flames so spectacularly.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Being stuck in an elevator with the Sham man

    by Xiphos_2

    and his ego is the purest definition of hell I can think of. The only thing worse would be if Cokey Tarantino somehow pushed his giant dome into the equation.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Of all the places a devil can go to to scare people

    by estacado1

    An elevator?

  • July 14, 2010, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Bokeem Woodbine!


    and the guy from Supertroopers!

  • July 14, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Maybe M. Night is like Stephen King (Good ideas, bad director)?

    by siouxfire

    Devil looks promising

  • July 14, 2010, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Officers Jack Traven and Harry Temple save them.

    by SoupBack

  • July 14, 2010, 1:42 a.m. CST

    I think you figured it out...

    by ConfusedPanda

    Although some people seem to think the movie will avoid any heavy supernatural elements, it is very possible that the movie is about the "security" trying to trap the devil (in the form of a human being)in the elevator. The idea allows the filmmakers to do a bunch of crazy/scary visuals. Plus, I'm sure at some point one of the "security" will deliver a backstory-crammed speech to someone (most likely to an unsuspecting person that needs to help keep him trapped) about how this dilemma came to be. Now, it could end in an obvious manner with the elevator (containing the devil) plummeting to where ever the hell it plummets. However, it could also end with a lame scene in which the good guys think they caught the devil, but he has managed to fool everyone, possibly with a Keyser Soze stroll out of the building in the final shot.

  • July 14, 2010, 1:46 a.m. CST


    by planet_mars

    So this movie is about getting trapped in the Elevator with M. Night's agent?

  • July 14, 2010, 2:01 a.m. CST

    M.Night's films always make money.

    by blackwood

    I have stopped giving him mine, but other people haven't.<p>Really good trailer. I think this is where M.Night belongs -- far, far, far away from the writing desk. I still have hope for him as a director, just never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever as a writer again. THE VILLAGE was his last great film.

  • July 14, 2010, 2:18 a.m. CST

    The Dude from supertroopers

    by shymovieguy

    He also happens to be the luckiest or coolest dude alive since he is the husband of the lovely and talented Christina Hendricks.

  • July 14, 2010, 2:34 a.m. CST

    wow... M. Night is a real innovator

    by lennonisgod

    the ongoing joke in my office is how many of these "horror film in an elevator" scripts we've had pass through lately. no joke, we got three in one week about a month ago, and two of them were named Down.

  • July 14, 2010, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Looks tedious

    by Missing Dink

  • July 14, 2010, 3:08 a.m. CST

    M. Night had little to do with this production

    by Missing Dink

    Read the credits. M. Night merely wrote the story, then went home. So it's probably going to suck even worse than a movie directed by M. Night.

  • July 14, 2010, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Anyone seen that Vincenzo Natali flick called "ELEVATED"?

    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    From what i know about that film, Natali should have a pretty good case to sue the "creators" of "Devil" lol <P> But seriously, has anyone here seen that film? Or does anybody know where to get it? I remember being really intrigued by the premise (Strangers stuck in an elevator as they are pursued by some unseen evil force...) after i saw and LOVED "Cube". I think it came out in 1998 or something... I never found it, and eventually forgot all about it. But seeing this trailer just brought back all those memories. So i'm now off to track down "Elevated" again... ;-)

  • July 14, 2010, 3:35 a.m. CST

    FUCK i just found it on youtube lol

    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    THAT was easy! Man, if only youtube existed 12 years ago lol... I'm about to watch it now. It turns out it was just a short - 17 minutes. Features 3 actors and only 1 set (the elevator)... I love movies that feature one setting and a small cast :) Off to watch it now...

  • July 14, 2010, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator meets Hellraiser II

    by indy ravenwood

    Hey M. Night: This premise is hilarious....if everything happens for a reason, what reason was it someone greenlit this movie? You just make junk now. And you're a jerk. What happened to you, man?!

  • July 14, 2010, 3:58 a.m. CST

    what happened to youtube!!!!

    by DioxholsterReturns

    i cant access it!

  • July 14, 2010, 4:06 a.m. CST


    by DioxholsterReturns

  • July 14, 2010, 5:32 a.m. CST

    M. Knight Movies Sucks Tenacious Azz

    by BuffDaddy

    And Signs made Mel Gibson a racist

  • July 14, 2010, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Trailer Showed the Full Movie

    by BuffDaddy

    All spoilers there.

  • July 14, 2010, 5:55 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    That's original.

  • July 14, 2010, 5:57 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    They couldn't just call it "Elevator"?

  • July 14, 2010, 6 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    At least there would be titties along with the evil.

  • July 14, 2010, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Give him a TV show

    by bah

    Let him write and produce an anthology series. He's not good enough for an Event Movie every year, but he's good enough for a weekly series, directed by others. I've been dying for a good anthology for years, but every one that comes out flops. His name just might add enough interest for one to last more than six episodes.

  • July 14, 2010, 6:03 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    He might have a knack for setups and composition ... and that could mean he would be a good director's assistant. But man, he is lightyears from being a good director and writer. The man literally turns people into bots. Pixar makes more human characters.

  • July 14, 2010, 6:06 a.m. CST

    by tomimt

    Looks pretty interesting, I'll might catch it when it comes to DVD.

  • July 14, 2010, 6:13 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Surprise, surprise.

  • July 14, 2010, 6:49 a.m. CST


    by Crow3711

    It's almost sad how spot on your observations and theorizing is. You're post about how writers, these days, tend to structure "the twist" is exact. And as for your two possibilities on the end....I get the feeling you'll probably be at least in the same vicinity as the target when the smoke clears. It's never EXACTLY what you guess it will, but I bet your close. I hope its not the Keysey Soze ending. That would be the weakest. Great posts tho, kudos

  • July 14, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST

    they loved Frozen here on AICN so this must be

    by MacReady452

    the second coming of the Antichrist.<p>See what I did there.<p>Chairlifts. Elevators. Whats next? My grandmothers staircase chair that launches her out the window a la Mrs. Deagle in Gremlins?

  • July 14, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Another story that could be told in 20 minutes

    by Trazadone

    "From The Mind of M Night Shyamalan" basically means that a 20 minute story will be stretched into 90.

  • July 14, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Does anybody thinks....

    by Sprinky

    that this trailer has the "inception" look to it?

  • July 14, 2010, 7:01 a.m. CST

    this trailer feel desperate

    by Potatino

    giving awasy just enough to make me think eh i've seen all the good bits why should I watch the actual movie? Thats how I feel after watching this. The upside down city shot was pretty cool though.

  • July 14, 2010, 7:02 a.m. CST

    is this his 3rd or 4th chance?

    by Potatino

    Second chances are nice and all but I'm losing track at this point.

  • July 14, 2010, 7:22 a.m. CST

    the twists were not twists...

    by emeraldboy

    they were end of story reveals. but everyone worked m nights movies long before then. they were very easy movies to figure out.

  • July 14, 2010, 7:37 a.m. CST

    I, Lucifer

    by Swoomustdie

    Any word on this project? Now that is a Devil movie I want to see.

  • July 14, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Well THAT looks interesting

    by D.Vader

    And that chick has a very nice rack.

  • July 14, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST

    And Quint, the "candy bars!" guy? Really?

    by D.Vader

    Isn't "The schnoz-berries taste like schnoz-berries!" the better, more well-known quote from that guy?

  • July 14, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST


    by torpedoboy

    seen it

  • July 14, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST

    What's the killer elevator flick with Naomi Watts?

    by D.Vader

    I see it sometimes on the SyFy Channel.

  • July 14, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    spoiler-ish trailer?

    by ralphiecharlie

    the trailer only has tons of spoilers if you go through and watch it frame by frame, which, if you're complaining about it being spoiler-y in that regard, its your own damn fault.

  • July 14, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    BSB, Cube was badass

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    It just goes to show what you can do with a good story, good actors, and minimal props.

  • July 14, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Remove Shyamalan's name from the trailer

    by dante76

    if you want this to make any money at all.

  • July 14, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    "The Shaft" aka "Down" about a killer elevator

    by D.Vader

    Starring Naomi Watts, Dan Hedaya, Ron Perlman, and Michael Ironside. From 2001! Crazy, huh?

  • July 14, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST


    by durhay

    I must go-go

  • July 14, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    I gotta agree about Signs...

    by D.Vader

    If the aliens are desperate enough to invade another planet for food and resources, then they've gotta be desperate enough to brave the risks involved in going onto a planet with a shit-ton of water on it. I don't really agree with that criticism.

  • July 14, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    If shit took a shit, and that turd directed movies

    by Flip63Hole

    we'd have ourselves another M. Night.

  • July 14, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST

    If he keeps giving new, young filmmakers jobs...

    by D.Vader

    Directing the stories he comes up with, I'll always be appreciative and respectful of that. We need a new Roger Corman school of filmmaking to start cultivating future auteurs. I will always get behind anyone who hands projects off to hungry new talent.

  • July 14, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Devil 2?

    by WarrenSmooth

    5 people stuck on a escalator and one is not who he appears to be!

  • July 14, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Looks like a horror take on the film Lifeboat.

    by rbatty024

    People trapped in an enclosed space and start to believe that one's working against the others. Cool premise. I'm also pleased that Shyamalan is only producing. What a waste, that one.

  • July 14, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST


    by LaserPants

    Wow, after a string of critical and commercial bombs, culminating with what many reviewers are calling the worse film of the year, he's still allowed to work in film even as a producer? Diminishing returns, how does that work? He must know somebody. Maybe he's "Brahman" or somethin', you know, all connected n' shit.

  • July 14, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST


    by MAD_MIKE

    What else is there to say?

  • July 14, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    M Night presents the Outer Limits...

    by boogel

    If there is a silver lining to MNS troubles it's that he has to be cheap to hire now. So I say make lemonade out of those sour grapes. Have him produce a new series of Twilight Zones or something. He seems good at low budget and it would give him a chance to play with different ideas. And if one of the ideas really strikes home then maybe he can get funding for a film.

  • July 14, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Any horror movie that overuses CGI, as is the case here, is no horror movie in my book. <P> That's why I loved Paranormal Activity. The CGI was subtle enough to suggest realistic haunting occurences. They were creepy. <P> This? Just amateur.

  • July 14, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    "5 people stuck on a escalator..."

    by bah

    Heh, the writing class at the local branch of Second City did a skit a few years ago that was a movie preview about people stuck on a moving walkway. Funny stuff.

  • July 14, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST

    D. Vader re: signs

    by Monolith_Jones

    What you're saying makes sense except for the fact that the aliens show up naked, unless I'm remembering wrong. Surely they could have worn protective gear. It makes no sense as it is.

  • July 14, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    M Night should just smile and blow me

    by Blanket-Man

    It's the new catch-phrase that's sweeping the nation!

  • July 14, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Elevators & People

    by Flummage

    We all know how the grind of modern life throws up some supposedly benign experiences that somehow awaken something almost superstitiously fearful inside our minds -- with both the physical world we've built around us, and the emotional of those we are forced to share it with.<p> >>IT'S AN ELEVATOR AND IT'S PEOPLE AND YET WE CAN RELATE.

  • July 14, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commerc ials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    by Bileranter

    You can watch Elevated on youtube. Saw it on TV years ago and didn't know it was Natali. Great short- really well done but nothing much like Devil

  • July 14, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commerc ials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    by Bileranter

    HERE YOU GO -I advise any of you to watch this and part 2 of it- it's blinking great

  • July 14, 2010, 9:51 a.m. CST

    All you *haters* will be the 1st Lined up to watch this fillm

    by chadiwack

    regardless of M. Nights involvement if it gets an even slightly positive review. Sure, M. Night has had some less than successful films as of late but gimme a break... all you haters will be like "Oh I knew he was awesome" if this film is a success. Don't fool yourselves or try to fool us. How many academy award winning films have you made?? I agree with all of you who say it's just a slump and he is a talented film maker.

  • July 14, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Maybe the Signs aliens were Cavity Creeps

    by bah

    It was the fluoride that killed them, not the water itself.

  • July 14, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Looks like one of those

    by ObiBen

    McDo napking scripts. I'm sure the first intention was to call these "Night Gallerie" but they couldn't clear the rights.

  • July 14, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    M.Night should really do an athology movie

    by Crimson Dynamo

    it would play to his strengths better, and his stories wouldn't need to be stretched to fill 2 hours. let him do a twilight zone reboot. and the guy in the suit in the elevator looks like curtis armstrong

  • July 14, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    At least it's not a remake/prequel/sequel

    by Beezbo

    As far as studio horror movies go these days, that has to count for something. Sadly, twenty years ago, this would have just looked lame to me.

  • July 14, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST

    The devil will not be the black actor...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    One black guy in a group of white (or admittedly, caucasian-esque) people? There is NO way the suits would let him be the "devil" in this film. <p> Strike him off the list.

  • July 14, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Hey thanks bileranter

    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    Yeah, i actually watched it earlier... pretty great :) i loved the claustrophobia, the paranoia... nice cinematography too. And i really like David Hewlett. (he played "Worth" in Cube) What a great actor. Don't see him too often... although i was happy to see him earlier this year in Splice. That flick was kind of a "mixed bag" overall though... Hope "Devil" turns out to be worthwhile

  • July 14, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST


    by solanine


  • July 14, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    rbatty024, I was thinking that at first too that it

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    was like Lifeboat. Then I thought not really or two reasons. First, in Lifeboat all we have is the people in the boat. There is no one else. Even Hitchcock had to have his usual cameo done by a picture seen on a newspaper or something like that. Secondly it appears that the "bad guy" in this case is not someone on the boat/in the elevator, but some other presence. The sci-fi update Lifepod was pretty decent. It had Ron Silver in it.

  • July 14, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Signs and water...(, it IS a dumbass movie)

    by Darth Macchio

    Oh..they had to come to Earth to harvest humans, yes? But not wearing anything? In an environment saturated with what is poisonous to them?<p>That's called idiocy, dude.<p>It would be like us going to a planet that does not have breathable air and just walking outside and dying.<p>If water is poison to you, then you simply could never ever be exposed to this planet's environment. Period. The fact that the aliens are, presumably, not utter fucking morons, means they'd determine first before getting near this planet if it was toxic to them.<p>That doesn't even begin to discuss microbes that could likely wipe out an organic species that has never been exposed to it.<p>All "M." had to do was put them in suits with some type of breathing filter/apparatus and it would be fine. But he didn't. He made them running around naked, fully exposed to an environment that would be like you swimming in a pool of molecular, you'd be dead in seconds. And so would "M."'s aliens in Signs.<p>I really like the whole crop-circle idea in "Signs" and "M." really does get the atmosphere almost 100% right in that movie in the more suspenseful scenes. But it all falls apart the moment he decides to make water his aliens kryptonite. This planet is 3/4s covered in water; a . Need I remind you that humans are also almost pure water? Water is the most ubiquitous substance on this planet; 70% plus of the surface would be death to "M."s aliens.<p>Even if he goes with the HG Wells notion of idiot aliens not protecting themselves from an unknown environment, it wouldn't matter as those were microbes where this is in 70% of the planet's surface. As in, no, the idea of naked aliens landing on a planet covered in what amounts to be pure death to them...that is pure fucking stupid, or at least unthinking, filmmaking. No other way to cut it.<p>Though he's not alone in this regard...there's no shortage of Hollywood films showing sentient aliens wearing no outer protection and still coming to a completely alien planet (to them). If we wanted pure science, there'd be no sci-fi of course...but we're not talking about that..we're talking about reasonable suspension of disbelief.<p>I lost mine the moment I saw the naked alien being "dissolved" (from the look of it) in water in "Signs". Even though I liked the idea of the little girl inexplicably placing glasses of water all over the house.<p>It's one thing to be surrounded by yes-men..another entirely when you don't possess that skill internally ('M.' doesn't and neither does Lucas, etc).

  • July 14, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST


    by Darth Macchio

    I do like the concept of "Devil" though hopefully it avoids a purely Christian perspective (weak devil, possessor of children and player of pranks...I'm wanting a devil that eats live newborn babies by the pound and slices the flesh between the toes of all grandpas and grandmas within razor range, etc).<p>You guys do know that the full title *was* (not is) "M. Night Shayamalan's Night Chronicals: Devil" which was shortened to "Devil" because the distributor felt that particular name has lost some of it's charm, apparently.<p>Something like that anyway...

  • July 14, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Hey Trailer Editors...

    by SK229

    LEEEEEESSSSSS ISSSSSSSS FUUUUUUUUUCKIIIIINNNNNGGGG MOOOOOORRRREEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I still fail to understand how bombastic noises and trailer 'hits' are scary or how swishing sounds and crazy titles and showing me the whole goddamn movie is supposed to make me scared. They could have just gone with ONLY the part at the end with the chime sound and certain shots (the odder the better) and left out the whole middle section. That would have been a good trailer... but no...

  • July 14, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Poughkeepsie Tapes AWOL

    by Judge Briggs

    The movie that isn't ever coming out!

  • July 14, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • July 14, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST

    In war of the worlds (book), the aliens came to a planet that

    by Novaman5000

    a planet that was totally inhospitable to them in terms of the bacteria that was on it. The same criticism could be made of them. Why didn't they test it first? Where was their armor/breathing apparatuses? Seems just as silly, yet that book is a classic, and rightfully so.<p> I've heard the argument made that it wasn't the water that killed the alien in signs, it was the bacteria that breeds in stagnant water. Explains why the aliens would stay away from the lakes. Why cups of water sitting out for days after being sipped from might be dangerous. The little girl even says of the water in the glasses on two separate occasions: "It tastes old" and "It has amoebas in it".<p> I could buy that explanation, I think, but ultimately, water or bacteria, it doesn't really matter to me, I dug the movie anyway.<p> Too bad the man has gone off the deep end since.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Explaining Signs (Dvader pay attention)

    by PeanutButterSlut

    Hello y'all! It's your favorite promiscuous condiment Peanut Butter!! <p> Today's Topic: Why Signs is accurate <p> THE WATER ISSUE; <p> The aliens from signs obviously knew that Earth had a lot of water on it. They also knew that for whatever UNKNOWN TO THE VIEWER REASONS that this particular water on this planet was toxic. M. Night chose to leave this a mystery for the viewer. Beings of interstellar origins would be capable of knowing what contaminants were on Earth and they sent in scouts (as seen in the Movie, nuckleheads) that clearly explored around before the invasion came. <p> I'M AN ALIEN, I WANT TO INVADE, NOW WHAT? ; <p> Hi, I'm Joe the Alien. It's my job to coordinate the attack on Earth. Our overall objective is to harvest some humies for that delicious meat. Human meat obviously has water in it, but that's ok because we have the George Forman Cthulhu grill to grill that shit right up and filter out the bad stuff. <p> We land, in masse (you see, we are like an insect like race that goes for swarm tactics) and use our BUILT-IN gas shooters to capture humies and return to base. Sure, we may get shot, exploded, artillery shelled, hit by water which has a bad contaminate, killed by a ranting Gibson/Crazy bearded Phoenix but we can capture enough humies to make it worth it. <p> I'll now take some questions. <p> D Vader - "Why now suits? You guys are dumbasses". <p> Joe - We are a race of intergalactic scavengers harvesting food to survive. We lack the resources and power to manufacture that many suits. besides, we expect casualties. And do the insects of your planet don Armour before battle? No! They DOn't!!! <p> to be continued.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Why did the US invade a country

    by bah

    full of deadly heat and bombs with insufficient protection?

  • July 14, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST


    by PeanutButterSlut

    Your comparison of WOTW is kind of inaccurate. WOTW was more of a science fairy tale and a product of it's age. No Alien race would invade before testing out the planet. They can probably do this by sending scouts ALA SIGNS... <p> If Wells had written the book in this era he would have had the sense to know that was a stupid ending. But for his time, it was more of a parable about how the simplest things can bring down an empire and in my HUMBLE OPINION WOTW had political subtext. <p> SHamalayaymaan is a numbnuts for sho', not disputing that, but he left SIGNS open for interpretation, so the people bashing it for THE STORY I believe are wrong. <p> Also, in SIGNS, the ALiens successfully did abduct people as explained in the movie and they got away. We truned them back but they still left most of them alive and took their meat. In WOTW the aliens were taking over and just fucking failed. HUGE DIFFERENCE. The aliens in SIGS won.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Took their meat =

    by PeanutButterSlut

    The aliens got away with delicious humies to eat in case you didnt get what I meant.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST


    by PeanutButterSlut

    Because we expect casualties ALA SIGNS and as long as we achieve the object the dangers are irrelevant.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    If you pay close attention to HURT LOCKER

    by PeanutButterSlut

    You'll see that the U.S. troops also die from water and there is a hidden scene where a CGI MEL GIBSON knocks the fuck outta this dude and pours water on him while Phoenix Raps.....

  • July 14, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    What PeanutButterSlut?

    by D.Vader

    I'm confused as to why you singled me out, and the quote you've attributed to me- Was that supposed to be "Why NO suits?" instead of "now suits"? <p> Color me confused.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    I agree, PBS

    by bah

    Making a point to the haters.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    "Mel, you just knocked that bitch out...

    by PeanutButterSlut

    ...the whore desrved it no doubt....." ..."WIIIIKII WIKI WIIIKI WOOOOOOO" *TERRORIST BLOW UP MEL AND JOQUAIN (sic)*

  • July 14, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST


    by PeanutButterSlut

    I have POSSIBLY been smoking pot. This is why I just took time outta my life to write that shit. This should be sufficient explanation, I hope.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Well when they come back for more everyone will be ready

    by Novaman5000

    with supersoakers!! <p>I don't know that we can just say "if wells wrote this today he's have the sense to know it was a stupid ending." Common sense hasn't changed in 100 years very much. Do you think no one in the late 1800s ever said "but if they're so smart, how come they didn't check out this planet before??" That doesn't seem, to me at least, a modern question to ask, but maybe I'm overestimating the people of that time... Could be. Wells said himself that they had been studying us, it seems like an obvious question. <p>Anyway, I agree with you re: criticizing the story - The point of signs was to show us what an invasion would be like from the point of view of one of us: a small family in a small town. We're not given all of the information, just as they're not given all of the information. They get snippets on the news (which, during crises are hardly accurate anyway) and the entire thing is left open to interpretation. I do also agree with the poster above who said that clearly these things were desperate. A last ditch effort to save their species. <p>All I know is that I left the movie theater having really enjoyed the movie, so M Night did at least something right there.<p>

  • July 14, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    the guy in the brown jacket is the DEVIL

    by Mennen

    If you freeze the "quick flash" everyone is dead on the floor except for him.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST


    by PeanutButterSlut

    I'm sure I'm just as if not more confused than you are at the moment. Basically you tube's down and I'm bored. Time to go check if shes back up, I have some Halloween Episodes of Fraiser to go watch. CHEERS>

  • July 14, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    I think maybe you convinced me with Darth Maccio because I've been defending the alien's weakness for water and their decision to land on a planet full of it.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Besides, every typical alien never wears a suit

    by D.Vader

    That's kind of part of the alien visual lexicon in films now. They don't wear suits. They're highly advanced and homogenous and are comfortable being naked. Its a sci-fi trope. I'm not gonna nail Night's ass to the wall because he went along with it like everyone else, including The X-Files.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST


    by PeanutButterSlut

    Ok I get it know. Thanks for explaining your view.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Oops, I meant I think you CONFUSED me

    by D.Vader

    PeanutButterSlut. I think you confused me with Darth Maccio.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Lol know i'm confused again stop it vader

    by PeanutButterSlut

  • July 14, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST

    And I'm not D.Vader!

    by D.Vader

    Mwahahahah! And the confusion sets in!

  • July 14, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    In the last five minutes

    by kolchak

    You realize the elevator was actually a closet the entire time. And then Shyamalan jumps out and yells "TWIST ENDING!" and cashes a huge check.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    TURN ON DA LIIIIIITTTEEEESS! is my new catchphrase

    by terry1978

    That shall become a new meme.

  • July 14, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Good for Shyamalalalalongadingdong

    by Kremzeek

    No, seriously. He's doing what George Lucas should've done when his coherent story sensibilities went down the crapper. I'm down for an M Night story done justice (hopefully) by a 3rd-party creative team.

  • July 14, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Shawmwow needs to direct

    by PeanutButterSlut

    Signs 2.

  • July 14, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    I understand

    by ObiBen

    I always get my Vaders wrong.

  • July 14, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    i may be baked

    by slickerynodes

    but that looked good. rated r please

  • July 14, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Love In An Elevator...

    by ToMonicker

    Stuck in an elevator with Courtney Love! A new reality/horror/dramedy/survival show with potential to make you choke on a double barrel!!! <p> So, M. Night's gonna roll out some crap with his name on top of mostly someone else's efforts? Thanks for the warning.

  • July 14, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST

    the girl from wonderfalls

    by palewook


  • July 14, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    That looks really cool.

    by Royston Lodge

    I'm not even a horror fan, but that looks creepy as heck.

  • July 14, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    'CANDY BARS GUY' has a name.


    i don't KNOW it, but he is either married to or involvd with CHRISTINA HENDRICKS. give the dude some respect. he's either really charming in person or a great lover. let him be a rolemodel for nerds getting hot babes.

  • July 14, 2010, 7:54 p.m. CST

    And all of the sudden ther find knives in the elevator...

    by alienindisguise

    fucking stupid.

  • July 14, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST


    by ralphiecharlie

    Clearly pieces of glass

  • July 14, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST

    M Night Suckalongdingdong

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • July 14, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Holy crap

    by gotilk

    Elevated even has that one extended letter/font in the title. Like the text in this trailer. Oops.

  • July 14, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST


    by DioxholsterReturns


  • July 14, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    What's that you say?

    by The_All_Dead

    Starring Bokeem Woodbine?..........PASS! M.Night? more like M.NOT!!!! As in im NOT going to see a movie that has your finger prints anywhere near it!!! HAHAHA!!! Did you see what I did there!? WHAT A TWIST!!!!!

  • July 15, 2010, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Rather be trapped in an elevator with Satan than M Night.

    by njscribe44

  • July 15, 2010, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Oh fucking hell, it looks obvious.....

    by sam jacksons wig

    ... everything is happening to that chick, so a wee bit of subdefuge says that indeed SHE is the Devil..... after all, this IS Mshite Shiteayamalananmananannannan...and it will turn out they are all dead anyway, and the only way to get out of the elevator is to put kitchen foil on your head.

  • July 15, 2010, 7:49 a.m. CST

    By the Way...

    by MarionRavenwood

    I completely thought that was Bud Cort before I realized he's MUCH older than that. I thought I saw him in an episode of, "Medium" to this year. I guess I'm going through Bud Cort withdrawal at the moment.

  • July 15, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST


    by MarionRavenwood

    I'm a Shyamalan apologist. I don't think every creative work by an auteur has to be a home run. I think something like this might be exactly what he needs. When people start writing, they have to get their more precious material out of their heads. They've probably been carrying around these dream projects their entire lives. Maybe he's finally gotten them all out and can just enjoy being behind-the-scenes on other projects for a while instead of having to deliver something with his name at the top of the title. (By the way, it annoys me when Cameron does that too.) I don't think it's a crime against humanity when an artist makes a string of films that dissapoint. Because of teh internets, we're far less patient with filmmakers than we used to be. I think he'll be back eventually, or he'll at least grow into something different. I don't want to see him repeat the success or formula of his early films. I want to see what he can do next.

  • July 15, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST


    by redkamel

    it looks like crap. I guarantee the guy with the red tie is the devil; hes the only recognizable actor in three. Plus he has a red tie. Him being alive in the freeze frame means nothing..maybe its a flash of a potential outcome<p> Also, Signs IS stupid. In War of the Worlds, it was an alien disease that grew. Also, the book was written in 1898, when colonialism was rapamt. Mabye HG Wells was making a comment?<p> In Signs, it was merely water. The aliens have no protections for it. If they had to "scavenge for food" on this dangerous planet with no armor, thats pretty desperate times. Thats like if you said "I have no food. Therefore I will travel to the desert, and walk into it naked, so I can get some coyotes to eat." If they mastered interstellar travel, I am sure they can master farming and not getting wet.