Split is a 2016 horror thriller movie about dissociative personality disorder. It’s the perfect mix between the scary side of mental disorders, and the drama of living with them.

Split thriller movie about a mental disorder.
Split thriller movie about a mental disorder.
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Split is a 2016 psychological thriller movie, the second movie in the Unbreakable trilogy. Split was written directed, and produced by M. Night Shyamalan, and stars James McAvoy.

The thriller movie Split follows the story of a man with a dissociative personality disorder. Kevin is a man with 23 personalities, and each personality takes the spot at certain times.

Dissociative personality disorder is a mental disorder. It is characterized by the presence of 2 or more dissociated self-states. And those self-states can take exclusive control of the conscience. They do it one at a time, completely altering from one to another.

Split movie about personality disorder.
Split movie about personality disorder.
Original photo from imdb.com. Graphic by Haydee Vanegas.

Dissociative personality disorder is caused by chronic childhood trauma. It is also associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. And according to the American Psychiatric Association, it can effect 1.5% of the American adult population. It’s an uncommon disorder that brings a lot of suffering to the patient.

In the thriller movie Split, Kevin’s chronic childhood trauma resulted in his unconscious to split into 23 personalities to protect himself. However, some of the personalities are awaiting, ney provoking, a 24th personality. The Beast.

What the other personalities must do to summon and please the beast is where this movie starts to skew into horror. A few personalities collude to kidnap three teenage girls, to offer to the beast three pure souls.

They kidnap the three girls and keep them locked up until the time the beast awakes. In order to survive, the girls need to learn they won’t outfox the 23. They can’t overpower or outrun the beast. They need to understand Kevin.


Split is such an interesting, scary and thrilling movie. It will leave you with a lot to think about. And it is now available on google play!