M Night Shyamalan Archives

Universal worked with him on his last four films — “Old” , “Glass” , “Split” and “The Visit” . Bautista most recently featured in blockbuster movies “Dune” and Netflix’s “Army of the Dead”. Shyamalan will write and direct the new movie, and also produce with Ashwin Rajan. The New Yorker – “Shyamalan has created a splendid throwback of a science-fiction thriller that develops a simple idea with stark vigor and conveys the straight-faced glee of realizing the straightforward logic of its enticing absurdity.” M. Night Shyamalan has amassed an fantastic cast, including Gael Garcia Bernal , Thomas McKenzie , Rufus Sewell , Alex Wolff , Vicky Krieps , Abbey Lee , Eliza Scanlen and Ken Leung .

M. Night Shyamalan is one of the most influential directors in film. For the uninitiated, here are some of his best movies and where to find them. Writer-Director Frank Darabont also adapted Steven King’s “The Shawshank Redemption,” a film so popular that it is the highest-rated film on tyummi all of IMDb. There’s also plenty of pedigree on screen — the cast includes Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Andre Braugher, and Toby Jones. While the mist is certainly threatening, the greatest horror in the film may just be Harden’s Mrs. Carmody, a nightmare-inducing religious fanatic.

This film might only hold up with the most hardcore Shyamalan fans willing to follow him to all of his original supernatural worlds. But unlike the writer Shyamalan plays — one destined to change the world with his work — Lady in the Water isn’t anywhere near that memorable. The film opened in 3,355 theaters nationwide on July 23, and while that number will likely reduce as new theatrical debuts like The Green Knight and Jungle Cruise vie for available showtimes, Old should still be easy enough to find in cinemas. With the COVID Delta Variant sparking case surges nationwide, be sure to check your state’s most recent safety guidelines before you buy your tickets. With some striking shots evoking the horrors of 9/11 and an enigmatic survivalist plot that moves at a quick pace, The Happening deserves more credit than it ever got.

It also arguably helped pave the way for today’s spoiler culture, for better or worse. The Last Airbender was a departure for Shyamalan, who had previously mostly made small- to mid-budget features with elements of suspense and horror. A big-budget blockbuster based on a kids series was certainly not that (though Shyamalan was no stranger to children’s content, having written Stuart Little and written and directed Wide Awake years earlier). When looking at some of the negative sides of his legacy, it’s hard not to scoff at what are, in many cases, bad faith critiques of his work and signature twist endings. In contrast to Robot Chicken’s “what a twist” bit, the vast majority of Shyamalan’s films don’t actually have twist endings at all, and those that do tend to be quite satisfying. Unbreakable is an exceptional thriller movie & the beginning of a great series.

Though “Dark Waters” is not what you’d immediately think of when thinking of a thriller, Todd Hayne’s brilliant and deeply underappreciated film is as bone-chilling as they come. Just like “The Happening,” this film is all about the horrors in our environment. However, “Dark Waters” is based on a true story, and has been praised for its accuracy and attention to detail.

It’s a well-told family drama, but its sentimental premise and overwrought religious themes hold it back a lot. Wide Awake likely won’t appeal to hardcore Shyamalan fans, but you can spot a lot of the themes and imagery the director would return to in later works. Lost faith, precocious youth, the importance of family and community — these all feature heavily throughout.

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This is the kind of film that gets under your skin and stays in your mind long after it has ended. There’s more to Kevin and Casey than meets the eye, and Shyamalan takes his time to show us the patterns of abuse that have brought both of these characters to this moment, the darkest either has ever experienced. Split may have Shyamalan’s very best character work to date, and you’ll have a hard time not caring for both hero and villain by the time the credits roll. Split is a very special movie, Shyamalan’s best since his resurgence in 2015.

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