M. Night Shyamalan

His contemporary supernatural features seem to break out of the traditional horror of today. Yet his works are wrongly underestimated by both critics and audiences alike. Tearing apart today’s horror, discarding references of torture porn or sadistic actions the same, M. Night Shyamalan, an Indian-born American film-maker and screenwriter, really does need to be praised for the works he so often produces for our cinema screens.

Who was once a director everyone seemed to love with psychological horror The Sixth Sense, the reputation of Shyamalan and his more recent pictures have taken a turn for the worse. With The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening and The Last Airbender, all panned by media moguls and public opinions, are movie goers of today really putting their own opinion across, or has the faith of Shyamalan been lost in the public eye?

A career that once won him six Academy Award nominations has since turned into a series of failed attempts that have continued over and over again. Horror films of today have a necessity to include blood and gore within every other scene that is shot. With the likes of Saw dominating the cinema industry with its gut wrenching games and sadistic ideas, a horror of Shyamalan’s type just dose not seem to interest audiences any longer.

I admit his works look aged in comparison, but sometimes it’s what we need. A step back in time. Before the use of special effects, or digital technology to enhance our way of cinema viewing. And with 3D dominating the cinema world at present, what is with that?! It’s a novelty to view a film that is simple by look, yet far more complexed inside. Special effects may add up for a poorly planned story, but Shyamalan’s works simply prove that eye candy is not needed. Maybe this is the reason to a series of ‘mishaps’ he has created?, but I beg to differ.

Becoming a huge fan of Shyamalan in recent weeks, I have become intrigued with the features he has worked on, and what have more famously become film flops of the release year. Simplicity may not work in all cases, but here it does. It’s a disappointment that a director with such unique talent is panned before his work is even released, simply because of ‘his previous movie disaster’.


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