A new behind the scenes featurette for Devil has been released, the forthcoming horror-thriller about five strangers trapped in an elevator who soon realize that one of them is not who/what they appear to be.

It’s an intriguing premise and I really hope that the directorial efforts of The Dowdle Brothers can do the idea justice. The film comes “from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan” as the promos all state, but I’m not so sure they should be bragging about that considering his movies have gone seriously downhill ever since Signs (the crowd at Comic-Con went from silently interested to booing when Shyamalan’s name came up onscreen during the trailer).

Nevertheless, Shyamalan only wrote the story for Devil (although the actual screenplay was written by Brian Nelson of 30 Days of Night and Hard Candy) and produced it; he didn’t direct the film, so we can’t really lump the movie in with the rest of his less-than-impressive work (The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender). For the time being Devil looks like an effective horror-thriller with a unique premise – what more can you ask for?

Check out the new behind-the-scenes featurette for Devil below, courtesy of Apple (via Bloody-Disgusting). WARNING: If you want to stay completely in the dark about the film then you might want to skip the featurette as parts of it could be considered SPOILERISH.

It’s already pretty clear that one of those five people is going to turn out to be the Devil himself (or at least be possessed by him) and I imagine a big part of the fun will be trying to figure out who it is. Will it be the obvious choice i.e. the one protesting the most about being searched and so forth? Or will it to be the least likely candidate i.e. the oldest woman?

I just hope the film can keep audiences guessing right up until the inevitable big reveal, as opposed to it being a twist that’s easy to see coming not long into the movie. After all, this is from the mind of Shyamalan so if a twist is involved then presumably it will be hidden well and will be a genuine surprise. Here’s hoping, anyway…

Devil opens in theaters on September 17th, 2010 (next Friday).

Source: Apple and Bloody-Disgusting