Why The Trailer For M. Night Shyamalan’s New Serial Killer Movie Has Me Convinced It’s A Secret Sequel To One Of His Biggest Films

Warner Bros. just unleashed the sinister first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan‘s upcoming thriller, Trap, and it’s got every element you’d expect from the master of twists: a diabolical plot, a gripping setting, and Josh Hartnett as a serial killer lurking at a pop star’s concert. But here’s where it gets interesting: there’s enough in this trailer to make me believe that this newest thriller might just be a secret sequel to The Sixth Sense. Crazy? Maybe. But hear me out, because I think I’m right. 

Trap follows a father-daughter duo, played by Hartnett and Ariel Donoghue, as they attend a concert by pop sensation Lady Raven, portrayed by Night’s real-life daughter, R&B singer Saleka. But as the chilling vibes of the trailer suggest, this isn’t just any pop concert. It’s a deadly trap. Hartnett’s character takes a suspiciously timed bathroom break only to discover federal agents swarming the venue. They’re hunting “The Butcher,” a notorious serial killer known for his brutal MO. But twist — the trailer reveals Hartnett himself as the Butcher, now ensnared in his own game, trying desperately to escape with a hostage in tow.

The trailer had great, fun vibes while being quintessentially Shyamalan — dark, suspenseful, with an undercurrent of dread. 

(Image credit: Hollywood Pictures)

Now, why do I suspect Trap might actually be a secret sequel to The Sixth Sense? Consider how the Lady in the Water filmmaker expertly revealed Split as a stealth continuation of Unbreakable—a twist only made clear in the movie’s final moments. Similarly, the Trap trailer tantalizes us with the phrase, “Get Ready for a new experience… in the world of M. Night Shyamalan.” This phrase alone sparks curiosity. When the trailer teases “from the world of…” it hints at an exploration of one of his established universes. But which one?

Original Source