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The “Shyamalan Twist” has become a hallmark of modern thrillers! Subscribe to our channel: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-Screenrant
Throughout the history of cinema, each director has had their own trademark style. The early silent comedies of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. The snappy dialogue of Billy Wilder. The wide open Westerns of John Ford. The violent criminal underworld of Martin Scorsese. The quirky characters of the Coen brothers. The over-the-top humor of Judd Apatow. The tension and rapid-fire profanity of Quentin Tarantino.
Several films have established their reputations by playing with their audience’s expectations. These “twist endings” set up the audience to expect the story to turn one way, only to pull a U-turn and swerve the story in a completely unexpected, but still internally logical, direction. From the heartless Charles Foster Kane’s sentimentality over a childhood sled on his deathbed in “Citizen Kane”, to a woman faking her own death in “Gone Girl”, twist endings can leave audiences either fascinated by the director’s skill, or frustrated by the lack thereof.
One modern director who has made the twist ending into his own personal brand is M. Night Shyamalan. From horror to sci-fi to superheroes, Shyamalan has put his own twist on the twist ending. At times, he has created instant classics that still spark discussions among film buffs to this day. Other times – cough The Village cough – not so much. For more than two decades, Shyamalan has subverted his audience’s expectations.
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Tim Burton: The Twisted Story Of The Eccentric Filmmaker – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsdYCREsCco