Split's Alternate Ending is Too Dark Even for Shyamalan
Posted 2017/04/19 3401 0
Split hit Blu-ray/DVD on Apr, 18th and is currently available on digital HD. The Blu-ray of the film comes with some cool special features including an alternate ending.
Hordes of horror fans rejoiced this year following the release of Split, M. Night Shyamalan's return to greatness. However, the divisive director may split audiences once again, thanks to the disturbing nature of the movie's alternate ending.
In the movie, the last glimpse we get of Kevin (James McAvoy) and his multiple personalities has him on the lamb, and staring into a mirror. In the alternate ending for Split, the 'Dennis' personality appears to be in control of Kevin Crumb, who's dressed in his typical plaid shirt and glasses. As the scene unfolds, we discover that Dennis is overlooking a school, sitting across the road on a rooftop.
With the sound of school children heading home in the background, Dennis says, "Look at all those unbroken souls." The 'Patricia' personality then takes over, delivering a chilling response;
“Such a waste.”
The implication is disturbingly clear, The Beast has moved from beating up (exclusively) women and moved onto children.
In a special feature, Shyamalan explained why he opted not to go with his initial idea.
“So this is kind of an alternate end I had for the Horde. I toyed with where it should go. Should it go in? Should it go before the tag in the diner or after? And I tried it in a lot of places, and it didn’t quite feel right. It was the original ending for the Horde in the script, then I wrote the one that’s in the movie at the mirror, and we re-shot that afterward. And that felt more of, like, the vibe of how I wanted it end.
So I had this ending in for a while, then I moved it in a few different places. But it was just too dark, and it made it kind of feel one note for me about what his intentions were, what are his motivations? I just didn’t want the Beast’s motivations to be reduced to just killing, that kind of thing. So that’s why I wrote the ending that you see in the movie, with the mirror. So it was more showing the world what we were capable of… the original ending is a kind of dark and gruesome ending.”
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