Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan, known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, is an Indian-born, American filmmaker and screenwriter, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots that climax with a twist ending, (though only a third of his features actually do so). He is also known for filming his movies (and staging his plots) in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was raised. Shyamalan released his first film, Praying with Anger, in 1992 while he was a New York University student. His second movie, the major feature film Wide Awake, made in 1996 but not released until three years later, failed to find financial success.
Shyamalan gained international recognition when he wrote and directed 1999’s The Sixth Sense, which was a commercial success and nominated for six Academy Awards, including: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. He followed The Sixth Sense by writing and directing Unbreakable, released in 2000, which received mixed reviews… read more
“I want to make tonal movies where the plot is almost obscene,” continues Shyamalan as the lights go down. “In fact, I think I get in trouble because my movies are presented as plot driven vehicles, so I’m perceived more for that characteristic when in reality my tastes are more here, more like Kubrick and [Antonioni’s] Blow-Up.”
Shyamalan is one of the few directors who understands how to use a twist at the end of the film. Unlike a film such as Saw, where the whole film is constructed so the twist may exist and so that people will marvel at how clever the writers are, Shyamalan's twists mature with further viewings. They inform the rest of the film, and it therefore doesn't matter if you know the ending to The Sixth Sense (as everyone surely does). His films are more mature works when you watch them with the twist in mind.