THE WATCHERS: First Trailer And Poster Released For Ishana Night Shyamalan's Creepy New Horror Movie

THE WATCHERS: First Trailer And Poster Released For Ishana Night Shyamalan's Creepy New Horror Movie THE WATCHERS: First Trailer And Poster Released For Ishana Night Shyamalan's Creepy New Horror Movie

The first trailer has been released for Ishana Night Shyamalan's debut feature, The Watchers, starring Dakota Fanning! With her father, M. Night Shyamalan, producing, could this be a new horror classic?

By JoshWilding - Feb 27, 2024 08:02 PM EST
Filed Under: Horror
Source: Fear HQ

Warner Bros. has just dropped the first trailer and poster for The Watchers (via, a new horror movie from producer M. Night Shyamalan written and directed by his daughter, Ishana Night Shyamalan (and based on the novel by A.M. Shine).

Everything we see in the trailer is suitably creepy, but will it feature the same sort of huge twists that M. Night Shyamalan's movies have become known for? Many will expect that to be the case, but we're sure Ishana hopes this project will establish her as a filmmaker in her own right.

She previously helmed six episodes of Apple TV+'s Servant, a series on which her father served as showrunner. 

As you might expect, there's a lot of secrecy surrounding the project, but a brief synopsis has finally been revealed along with the sneak peek and poster. 

"The film follows Mina, a 28-year-old artist, who gets stranded in an expansive, untouched forest in western Ireland. When Mina finds shelter, she unknowingly becomes trapped alongside three strangers who are watched and stalked by mysterious creatures each night."

"You can’t see them, but they see everything."

The Watchers stars Dakota Fanning (Once Upon a Time in HollywoodOcean’s Eight), Georgina Campbell (Barbarian, Suspicion), Oliver Finnegan (Creeped OutOutlander) and Olwen Fouere (The Northman, The Tourist). The film is produced by M. Night Shyamalan, Ashwin Rajan and Nimitt Mankad. The executive producers are Jo Homewood and Stephen Dembitzer. 

You can take a look at the trailer and poster for The Watchers below.

Inevitably, there's been some nepotism talk surrounding Ishana's big screen directorial debut, and she addressed that head-on in a January 2023 interview. "I think you know, with the Indian parentage, there's definitely a sense of pushing us to be our best and to work hard."

"And I think, you know, when people make assumptions it just kind of fuels me a bit more to work harder than the person next to me. So, it's whatever criticism of nepotism I might get, it kind of helped me; fuelled me to become an artist."

"My life experience is very different than his and so there are sort of inevitably different textures compared to the work I do," Ishana concluded. "And then also being a woman where he's a man, there's sort of a different way I can present myself, I suppose."

Joining writer/director Shyamalan behind the camera are director of photography Eli Arenson (Lamb, Hospitality), production designer Ferdia Murphy (Lola, Finding You), editor Job ter Burg (Benedetta, Elle) and costume design by Frank Gallacher (Sebastian, Aftersun). The music is by Abel Korzeniowski (Till, The Nun). 

The Watchers is set to open in theaters internationally beginning on 5 June 2024 and in North America on June 7, 2024.

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NinnesMBC - 2/27/2024, 8:35 PM
I think I heard good things from Servant so if M. Night Shyamalan can bring some of that or even from Signs to this, it'll be good directional debut for her daughter after she helped him with "Old".

Good trailer esp. with the tease at the end of whatever is watching them.
SpideyQuad - 2/27/2024, 8:38 PM
@NinnesMBC - it's not him it is daughter that's making the movie
NinnesMBC - 2/27/2024, 10:33 PM
@SpideyQuad - I know that and that he's working here as a producer so he still has a bit of influence which is why I brought up his previous work that could compliment his daughter's filmmaking debut.
lazlodaytona - 2/27/2024, 11:49 PM
@NinnesMBC - Signs is my favorite of M. Night's and definitely in my top 15-18ish. I wish his kiddo the best. Seems like she's got a solid handle for the feel of the material.
SpideyQuad - 2/27/2024, 8:38 PM
I do not think I'll be watching, see what I did?
lazlodaytona - 2/27/2024, 11:52 PM
@SpideyQuad - you just previewed the film with the first trailer, you will be viewing The Watchers when it hits theaters, and afterwards you'll feel a need to review it on these message boards.
SpideyQuad - 2/28/2024, 5:38 PM
@lazlodaytona - is it in my zodiac? :-)
lazlodaytona - 2/29/2024, 11:18 AM
@SpideyQuad - awesome :D
GhostDog - 2/27/2024, 8:41 PM
Honestly a great trailer. Looks really well shot too.
lazlodaytona - 2/28/2024, 12:00 AM
@GhostDog - I'm almost 100% great trailer and 100% clueless on it. I get the 'not giving away too much,' but a little bread crumb would be nice. No sense of a little bit of the plot, where the heck and why they are (at that place), and who's messing with them.
Not ONE little hint so this trailer feels no more or less creepy than the next scare tip.
TheFinestSmack - 2/27/2024, 8:47 PM
Looks kinda good. Might check it out.
NGFB - 2/27/2024, 9:01 PM
Looks good and maybe even original. Getting tired of all the same old stuff being made again and again.
marvel72 - 2/27/2024, 9:03 PM
Looks alright, I will check it out.
AnthonyVonGeek - 2/27/2024, 9:06 PM
TheJester187 - 2/27/2024, 9:23 PM
Too bad I will be seein The Crow instead!!
EskimoJ - 2/27/2024, 9:42 PM
@TheJester187 - 🤨 ...You can see both.
lazlodaytona - 2/28/2024, 12:02 AM
@TheJester187 - when's that coming out? Haven't heard/read a thing about it lately.
TheJester187 - 4/21/2024, 7:01 PM
@lazlodaytona - Moved it to August now lol
TheJester187 - 4/21/2024, 7:02 PM
@EskimoJ - Welp the crow got moved to August so I’m seeing this now lol
Saga - 2/27/2024, 10:26 PM
Another nepo baby vanity film, her dad is one of the producers ffs
lazlodaytona - 2/28/2024, 12:03 AM
@Saga - wtf is 'nepo baby vanity film?'
JobinJ - 2/28/2024, 1:55 AM
@Saga - no different than a plumber, passing his plumbing business and knowledge to his kids.
Nightmare - 2/28/2024, 3:13 AM
Georgina Campbell has been a bit of a scream queen since Barbarian.
dragon316 - 2/28/2024, 4:25 AM
Better be better from her fathers beach movie
BillyBatson1000 - 2/28/2024, 7:18 AM
The Twist: The Big Fancy Window they're all looking out of ...

It's a Mirror!

Batmangina - 2/28/2024, 8:57 AM
Great trailer - I was worried it was going to be a LUTfest of shitty 'color corrected' footage but it was just an effect used for effect. What a novel idea.

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