Signs to Glass: These Manoj Night Shyamalan movies will leave you in awe
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Signs to Glass: These Manoj Night Shyamalan movies will leave you in awe
Akshay Krishna
Aug 06, 2021

Probably no other director in the 90s developed a cult following right after his debut film like M Night Shyamalan. The Hollywood filmmaker is known for coming up with some brilliant twists in his movies that take your breath away. Time and again, the director who has dabbled in multiple genres, has managed to lend his trademark ‘shock-and-awe’ style in his movies from The Sixth Sense to The Visit. With an ability to keep the audience engrossed in his tales, his works are still celebrated by the audience. Having pushed the boundaries of horror films, superhero movies and sci-fi thrillers, here are some of Shyamalan’s movies available on OTT that promise to catch you off guard.

The Sixth Sense
8.4OTTplay Rating
Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a child psychologist treating Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a young boy who reveals terrifying news - that he is visited by ghosts. Frightened by the visitation of the spirits who have unresolved problems, the young boy only opens up to Malcolm. When the two set out to channel this ability and put it to better use, they discover some bitter truths that will have the audience dumbstruck. This movie set the tone for Shyamalan’s filmmaking approach for years to come and is considered one of his best works.
6.8OTTplay Rating
Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) and his family move into a new farmhouse and his understanding of life is turned upside down. When intricate patterns start to show up in his fields, the farmer decides to investigate them and this would forever change the lives of the family. Signs is another Shyamalan film that brings together elements that make the director great. With supernatural horror, sci-fi, family drama, paranoia and alien threats, Signs captivates the viewer.
7.1OTTplay Rating
Shyamalan delivered this superhero movie even before superhero movies were a thing. Unbreakable tells the story of David Dunn (Bruce Willis), a security guard who is the sole survivor of a train accident. He is visited by Elijah Price (Samuel L Jackson), a comic-obsessed man who has a rare disease that has left his bones weak. Elijah explains to Dunn his superhuman abilities and why he could possibly be indestructible and the world’s first superhero. What happens next, makes a great movie that deconstructs the superhero myth and tells an origin story that is as good or even better than some superhero movies today - something only Shyamalan, a master at multiple genres could pull off.
7.6OTTplay Rating
Shyamalan takes a darker approach with this 2016 horror-thriller that is centered around Kevin (James McAvoy), a slasher who has dissociative identity disorder. Kevin has disclosed 23 of his personalities to his psychiatrist, but a 24th lies within, who could form to command all the others. Compelled to kidnap three girls in a parking lot, including Casey Cooke (Anya Taylor-Joy), the story sets out to be a horror film. But with Shyamalan’s best character work till date and McAvoy’s seamless acting which sees him transform into multiple characters, Split becomes a movie that grips you from start to finish. It even has something special for you after its end.
The Village
6.6OTTplay Rating
The titular village is a town with an amish-style community that lives without knowledge of the outside world, as they do not venture past the woods as unknown dangerous monsters exist. But when a young villager Lucius (Joaquin Phoenix) is injured, his blind lover Ivy (Bryce Dallas Howard) sets out past the woods to get medicines. The movie offers great world building, paranoia, classic Shyamalan twist and a whole lot of horror, making it another great movie that you have to watch.
7OTTplay Rating
Glass is a culmination of Shyamalan’s superheroes that was told in a gap of over 20 years. With characters originally played in movies Unbreakable and Split, Glass is the final part of the Eastrail 17 trilogy. David Dunn (Bruce Willis) now immerses himself in fighting injustice in the streets and is a vigilante. He collides first with the Beast (McAvoy) - a psychotic madman with 24 personalities. The law locks them up in a mental facility with Elijah Price (Samuel L Jackson), who holds vital information for the two. In this trippy superhero clash of right, wrong and everything in between, Shyamalan has the audience hooked as we witness humans of extraordinary power face off.
The Visit
6.7OTTplay Rating
The Visit is a horror-movie told through found-footage format. We follow two teenagers, Becca, an aspiring filmmaker and Tyler, a rapper who visit their grandparents, whom they have never seen before. We soon discover the old couple aren't exactly ideal grandparents. Shyamalan succeeds in keeping the audience guessing about the old couple, building up a dreadful pressure that releases only at the end of the film. With shaky camera work, chase scenes and a few gross sequences, the movie reiterates the brilliance of Shyamalan and delivers a horror film that you don't want to miss.

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