Did you know that M. Night Shyamalan doesn’t consider his films to be part of the horror genre? Find out his thoughts on the matter.
M. Night Shyamalan is a prolific director behind plenty of hit films like Signs, The Sixth Sense, Split, The Visit, and more. He’s perhaps best known for adding shocking twists at the end of his films. Most fans like to see if they can figure out the surprise ending before it happens.
These days, the director is working on a brand new television series for Apple TV+ called Servant. Before its release, the subscription service preemptively renewed it for a second season. The first three episodes debuted yesterday on Thanksgiving.
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Despite M. Night Shyamalan’s lengthy Hollywood career, his films have been a point of contention for many genre fans who passionately argue about the quality of his many films.
Regardless of the many competing opinions, it doesn’t seem like his projects are going anywhere, given the number of fans he has.
Somewhat surprisingly, M. Night Shyamalan does not consider his films to be part of the horror genre. In a recent interview with New York Daily News, he explained his feelings on the matter.
"“I make mysteries. So by the nature, you’re going to learn something at the end of a mystery. And so it comes inherently with the genre that I’m in. I don’t consider myself a horror filmmaker, so that’s not the genre I’m in.”"
While some of his movies are considered “horror,” the majority of them are classified as psychological thrillers. He often includes disturbing imagery, but his films are not necessarily horror in the traditional sense.
Perhaps one of the reasons his popularity persists across decades is due to his ability to create compulsive mysteries. Even when his movies aren’t considered “good,” people can’t help but watch them to find out what exciting twist and hook Shyamalan has created.
Do you agree with the director about the categorization of his films? What are your favorite M. Night Shymalan movies? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
You can watch his new series Servant right now on Apple TV+.