One of 2017’s best horror movies so far is M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, released on January 20th. It was a return to form for the somewhat embattled director whose career plummeted after a promising start in the 1990s. It was also the first of what would become a trifecta from indie powerhouse Blumhouse Productions, who produced Get Out and The Belko Experiment in February and March respectively.
Split just landed on Blu-ray & DVD on Tuesday, and one of the most interesting special features is the deleted scenes & alternate ending. We see a lot more character development for Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley). Through a series of conversations with a colleague named Shaw, we explore concepts like the placebo effect, the reptile brain, and autistic savant syndrome. Of course, there’s enough ambiguous language in their exchanges to make us wonder if Shaw is actually another patient with dissociative identity disorder.
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There are also some additional moment with Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy); in one scene she discusses Stockholm Syndrome with her fellow captures, and in another, she flashes back to her youth to process another traumatic memory. We also get a chilling exchange between “Patricia” (James McAvoy) one of Barry’s many personalities, and Casey as the two discuss a farming term I was unfamiliar with: Carcass feeding.
The alternate ending features “Patricia” and “Dennis” scoping out their next victims!
Have a look at the deleted scenes and the alternate ending below. If you haven’t seen Split, I highly recommend picking up the DVD, which includes many more goodies than just the footage below; skip to the bottom see the original trailer and synopsis and watch the deleted scenes later.
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Official Synopsis: Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all of the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him — as well as everyone around him — as the walls between his compartments shatter.