Ooooo, scary! It’s Halloween! Time to dig out the
knives candy and go door-to-door murdering spreading joy in your neighborhood.
Just be sure it’s joy you’re spreading and not like, ebola. Yeah, don’t spread that. Just joy. And cream cheese if you’re having bagels.
Another great thing about Halloween besides all the
murdering candy is that you can watch all kinds of scary movies. I prefer ones with catchy titles, like Poultrygeist : Night of the Chicken Dead, Thankskilling, or The Gingerdead Man. Or maybe some time I’ll want to take a peek at some of George Clooney’s finer work in Return of the Killer Tomatoes :
Be sure to also watch through to the terrifying business-talk offered by the creepy lady. Awesome stuff.
Which brings us to today’s true subject, the filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan. Shyamalan. Fun to say if you can twist your tongue enough to get it out.
The future director-writer of The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable and the Happening was born in Puducherry, India and moved to the United States at just six weeks of age, showing remarkable nous for someone so young to master the complex U.S. immigration system. He was raised in Pennsylvania by his physician parents and now lives in nearby Willistown, a place near Philadelphia founded in tribute to Sixth Sense star Bruce Willis.
Shyamalan decided early on he wanted to be a filmmaker and started making Super 8 films. By the time he was seventeen he’d already made as many as 45 “movies”. He hit the big time with the unusual double of family hit Stuart Little, which he co-wrote, and the spooky horror flick The Sixth Sense. I don’t recall a big twist ending in the mouse movie but The Sixth Sense began his streak of hit movies, many of which concluded with an unexpected twist.
His last few films have been less well received critically but have still been moneymakers, such as the…eccentric The Happening, and the poorly reviewed The Last Airbender. The Happening focuses around a creepy plot where an odd ‘disease’ spread by wind makes the people it comes into contact with kill themselves. Or something like that.
It also made Mark Wahlberg talk to plants.
That’s just great.
Okay, that’s it for today! Get out there, have fun and eat some