In 2015, M. Night Shyamalan released the found footage horror film The Visit, about two children who visit their estranged grandparents for the weekend. The dramatic twist of The Visit, however, is that grandparents Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie) aren’t actually the children’s relatives. They are actually escapees from a mental hospital who murdered their real grandparents. It’s a scary premise for a movie. And it could have gotten a mention in Glass, which came out later in 2019. This revelation came during Shyamalan’s interview with The Hollywood Reporter when he was asked if he could connect his characters in a shared universe.
“If I had been smart enough to think about it 20 years ago, I would have done it, but I wasn’t smart enough to think about it,” Shyamalan told The Hollywood Reporter. “There was a connection I almost made. It was in ‘Glass’ when they all got into the mental hospital. I wanted to tell a story about The Visit and how two people escape from the same hospital.”
Mentioning Nana and Pop Pop’s escape from Raven Hill Memorial in “Glass” could have been an incredible Easter egg. And in the world of Unbreakable, it’s believable that two refugees would have abandoned and terrorized another family. When it comes to The Visit, not only did it lose a connection, but it could have been a very different experience. “The Visit” mixes comedy and horror elements, but instead almost an art-house version of the film was released that felt more like a psychological thriller. Instead, perhaps his missed limb and unique cut exist in another universe.