The Village is a smart, edge-of-your-seat chiller crawling with terrifying surprises and frightening twists and turns. An isolated, tight-knit community lives in mortal fear of an oppressive evil inhabiting the forbidden forest just beyond their tiny village. So frightening that no one ventures into the woods … until one villager dares to face the unknown. —Buena Vista Home Entertainment
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
M. Night Shyamalan is the preeminent melancholy auteur of our times. The general public continues to fix all their attention on "The Village's" divisive ending, overlooking the fact that the film is, by no exaggeration, one of the most moving and emotionally powerful works of the new millennium. This is the rare Hollywood production in which love is depicted as a pure, elemental force - a single hand reaching out into the void, sustained only by faith. Shyamalan's visual palette here is warm, ambient; DP Roger Deakins outdoes himself with a nighttime wedding dance that is as gorgeously lit as anything in "Heaven's Gate." Every time I watch this film, I am left feeling completely drained on an emotional level. The fact that M. Night is able to create this effect in the midst of a 'genre film' is perhaps his greatest gift as a storyteller.