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M. Night Shyamalan’s contributions to horror films


Learn about one of the greatest modern-day masters of suspense.

Born on August 6, 1960, M. Night Shyamalan was originally born in India, but grew up in Pennsylvania. He is currently one of the most acclaimed filmmakers working today. Part of his directorial genius relies on his trademarks, such as plot twists, surprise endings, and having cameos in his own films. In many ways, Shyamalan is a lot like one of his favorite directors, Alfred Hitchcock.

A fun fact about Shyamalan is that his middle name “Night” was made when he was still in college. Another fun fact was that he declined three opportunities to direct three Harry Potter films in order to focus on his own horror films. Shyamalan really is a master at suspense because he was able to redefine the genre by making films that resonate with audiences rather than just simply providing a good fright. His efforts have paid off thanks to successful films like The Sixth Sense (1999). That particular film became one of the very few horror films to receive a Best Picture nomination even though it lost the coveted award to American Beauty. Some of his other films include Signs (2002), which is set in his hometown Philadelphia, and the recent film Split (2016), starring James McAvoy. He just began pre-production on a film called Glass, which is set for release in 2019 with him as a producer. It is clear that M. Night Shyamalan is one of the greatest Hollywood directors working today.


Alex Phuong