Lets talk about M. Night Shyamalan for a moment.
17 years ago we were given a mystery/drama unlike we have ever seen... The Sixth Sense. The movie was filled with emotion, drama, terror and left us with an unsettling feeling that lingered long after we walked out of the theater. This twisty ghost story put M. Night Shyamalan in the spotlight and left us fans with the promise of more masterpieces to come. He was even nominated for two Oscars in 2000 for The Sixth Sense (Best Director and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen).
Only a year later we are given the "superhero thriller" Unbreakable, then almost two years later we were given the "alien thriller" Signs. Now both of these movies were not on the level of The Sixth Sense by any means, however they worked. Both movies were still unique enough to deliver and kept our hopes alive that we could always look forward to the next M. Night Shyamalan movie. Then things took a turn for the worst...
I mean what happened!? Fast forward to 2004 when The Village was released. Can any of you honestly say that you walked out of that movie and said, "man, that was awesome!" I enjoy a good twist, but that movie had the kind of twist that just left a bad taste in my mouth. Just when we thought it couldn't get any worse we were given Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth. Really? Was he playing some kind of cruel joke on us fans that loved his first few movies?
Unfortunately M. Night Shyamalan fell far from his prestigious nomination for Best Director at the Oscars and has gone on to win four Razzie Awards, and to be nominated for another five. Check them out below:
Razzie Awards: M. Night Shyamalan
Won: Worst Supporting Actor, Lady in the Water
Won: Worst Director, Lady in the Water
Nominated: Worst Screenplay, Lady in the Water
Nominated: Worst Director, The Happening
Nominated: Worst Screenplay, The Happening
Won: Worst Director, The Last Airbender
Won: Worst Screenplay, The Last Airbender
Nominated: Worst Director, After Earth
Nominated: Worst Screenplay, After Earth
Fast forward again to present day with the recent release of the 2015 Razzie nominations. M. Night Shyamalan has landed himself once again with a nomination, but this time it is NOT what you would expect! This year the roller coaster of a director is being nominated for the Redeemer Award for his recent hit The Visit.
To be honest I just recently watched The Visit (on an airplane no less) because I was too afraid to go to another showing at the theater just to be let down, but I was wrong! I was literally glued to the screen for the first hour and a half of my flight watching this movie. I didn't even notice when the drink cart went by I was so engaged (and I really wanted a bloody mary).
Right after The Visit came to an end I thought to my self "He's back. Finally. He's going to make a comeback." This movie is a sign that he is back on track and ready to give us the movies and stories that we have been waiting for for over the last ten years. It was also revealed that he would ve reviving Tales from the Crypt, and I couldn't be more optimistic! With what he has done in the past and how he has redeemed himself with The Visit, I think the beloved series is in perfect hands.
What do you think? Has M. Night Shyamalan redeemed himself with 'The Visit'? Is 'Tales from the Crypt' in good hands?