It's no secret that M. Night Shyamalan's career has been put under the spotlight, even more than before, ever since The Last Airbender. We even debated what happened to the man who brought us The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. A brand new, hilarious College Humor video reenacts the strange, new world for Shyamalan.
Shortly after the generally ill-received release of The Last Airbender, a new trailer cropped up in theaters. The trailer was for Devil, a thriller that takes place within an elevator, written by Shyamalan. The trailer is riveting and intense, grabbing its audience. But when the screen shows "From the mind of M. Night Shyamalan," nearly every theater full of movie fans erupted in moans, groans and laughs. It is true - the man behind some of the most heralded plot twist films of the last 20 years has become a laughing stock of Hollywood.
Needless to say, laughing stocks turn into hilarious video parodies pretty quickly. Now that College Humor is in on the fun, we've got a high quality, fully conceived short video. It focuses on M. Night Shyamalan as he deals with the strange world that laughs at his work. As he sees it, this can only be part of an epic twist - like many of his own movies.
The trailer includes a scary, bald man that haunts Shyamalan as he tries to uncover the reason behind his lost fan base. It starts off funny enough, but really gets going in the latter half. And of course, there is a twist, so stick around until the end.
The actor who plays Shyamalan actually resembles him a lot and the woman in the trailer looks almost identical to Aubrey Plaza (Funny People, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World). While the latter look-a-like is irrelevant to the humor of the video, it all goes into one of the funniest parody works of late.
College Humor is typically hit or miss with their videos, but by constantly churning out parodies and original content they hit a few great ones. No One Likes M. Night Shyamalan blows their last few videos out of the lady in the water.
Devil does look like a solid thriller, but the marketing team really should have known better when they put Shyamalan's name in the trailer. Nobody could have predicted the public would react like they did, but that hasn't stopped new TV spots and trailers from keeping his name on the film.
Then again, when you've got a movie with no big names attached, placing Shyamalan's name on the trailer is the obvious move. Sometimes bad press is good press. At least we are talking about the movie, right?
Source: College Humor