While some might argue that the director’s obsession with twists and breaking the mold might be a stereotypical approach in itself, what makes Shyamalan’s films so intense is his insistence on testing the limits of the mind. and the human body. Specifically during the writing process, the director says he tries to “imagine the worst things” people could go through, ultimately wondering if he himself would be able to survive those situations both physically and emotionally intact. In fact, Shyamalan goes one step further, often figuring out whether he — and by proxy his characters — will actually be “stronger for this experience.”
Clearly, the director is not only interested in testing the extremes of human restlessness, but also in unpacking whether experiencing worldly tribulations can result in a fortified mind and body. Evoking a sense of spirituality once again in this exploration, it’s evident that Shyamalan doesn’t view his films as horror because he doesn’t just watch humans suffer, but rather watches them thrive in the face of horror. at their peril. While themes of evil and darkness are certainly woven into the fabric of his films, they are but portraits of a deeply flawed society – one that only a few brave renegades can fight and dismantle. Whether it’s superheroes or two movie-obsessed kids, it’s clear that those with tenacity and courage always persevere in the face of those who are crippled by inaction.
Let that rest our case for M. Night Shyamalan’s work to be some of the best (or at least some of the most entertaining) in gaming.