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Discussion in 'Reader Polls' started by Hellbilly, Jun 13, 2008.
Which is your most hated Shyamalan movie?
The Village (2004). To this day, when I think of that movie I get pissed off all over again. God that was terrible.
Of course, I haven't seen any of his movies since then, but that is because my hate for The Village caused me to swear off all his futures movies and mean it. Shyamalan and I are done.
All of them
village pissed me right off
Signs was complete crap, so after that I took reviewers by their word about everything still being crap since. I came in on The Village once and honest to god thought I was watching something on local PBS it was so amateur. It wasn't until Joaquin Phoenix walked on screen that it finally dawned on me what it was.
The day I hear his next film "isn't terrible" is the day I may catch it on cable.
Let's see: The Village was a bad extended Twilight Zone episode. Unbreakable never clicked with me and I like comics. Signs was ok. Lady in the Water was so godawful that it easily gets my vote for worst. I don't mind fantasy movies, (The Neverending Story, The Dark Crystal, Legend, Troll, etc.) but this was an incoherent mess.
I liked The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable but that's about it, the rest are unwatchable!
The Village was a complete waste of time and money spent at the theater. Saw it on a Saturday night, but it would have been a ripoff all the same at a bargain matinee show.
Signs was nearly as pretentious as The Village. Shyamlan's supporting role in that film was just painfully tiresome to watch. Signs had possibly one of the lamest endings I've ever witnessed in a motion picture. Wait a minute...I said pretty much the same thing when walking out of The Village!
I avoided Lady in the Water and plan on keeping it that way.
For me, of what I've seen (Sixth Sense, Signs, The Village, Unbreakable, Lady in the Water), Unbreakable is the worst. The ending totally ruined the movie for me, as it was a pretty serious flick up until Sam Jackson uttered the line "They called me Mista Glasssssssss!" in a very comic-retarded fashion. I haven't laughed out loud that hard during a movie. It became a complete comedy at that point and it just plummeted to sucking big time. All because of that delivery of that line and reveal.
I don't get the hatred of Shyamalan's filmmaking ability. The guy is a fucking fantastic filmmaker when he's not doing it from inside his own anus. Examples of note include those two scenes in Unbreakable with Sam Jackson falling down the stairs and the scene where Bruce Willis wakes up in the hospital room. God, just talking about that movie makes me want to go watch it again.
Also, that scene in Signs with the Brazilian birthday party video. Scared the utter SHIT out of me. My girlfriend's never seen Signs, and when she and I watched that Bravo's 100 Scariest Moments special and they showed that scene, she yelled "WHAT THE HELL IS THAT??".
I'm sorry, I think he's gone completely bonkers, but he really had his shit together as a filmmaker at one point.
By the way, I voted for Lady in the Water. Once he cast himself as the writer whose stories would save the world, I think any questions about him losing it were answered. That was like watching a porn scene in which you knew the guy was HIV positive or something, just pure awful and creepy.
I agree with Mattapooh on that scene in Signs. Still really works on me.
The Village was the worst experience out of the films of his I've seen (6th, Unbreak, Signs, Vill).
I avoided Lady in the Water and did not know the others in the poll existed. I love Unbreakable.
The Happening might be a rental for me. Cannot stand Marky Mark's earnest, lily-voiced performances.
In response to why some of us hate on him, for me it is because his films play out as more of a drama than a horror. The first film I saw of his was the Sixth Sense, I didn't like the whole Changeling rip off when he hears something supernatural when playing back the tape. I was never phased by any of his "scary" moments. I would think his films would only scare some children and grown ups who don't watch horror often, but clearly I'd be wrong.
In saying that, more childish than I find his films, would be trying to argue someone's taste. Therefore, I am not being sarcastic when I say that I am happy that some of you did not find watching his films a waste of time/money. I just don't see or feel what some of you do when watching his films.
I hate Signs with a passion!!
I haven't even seen it, and I agree that no one should say anything without experiencing it, but in this case so much tons and tons of people that I know here and there, and even in the Internet say that it is a TOTAL CRAP, that I'll vote for The Village as the worst thing ever from that director.
So much people just can't be wrong, you know.
Lady in the Water, fucking terrible.
I actually liked Lady in the Water, and I loved Signs (the already mentioned birthday party scene is just one of many, many effectively scary scenes in that movie .. although I can see why people hate the ending).
I never cared for Unbreakable. The Sixth Sense has its moments, but I have big issues with that movie.
The Village, however, was an insult to humanity. It's not even the "twist" that I hate. It's that awful, AWFUL scene where Shyamalan uses an extremely elaborate camera movement to hide/reveal HIMSELF in a mirror that made me want to vomit on the screen.
I don't even know what made me want to see Lady after that abomination (it was the free ticket ...), but I am glad I did because I enjoyed it a lot. Expectations were extremely low, though.
I've only seen the Sixth Sense from him, and I thought it was dumb. His other movies get torn apart so hard that I never bothered with them at all. If you only make one good movie, you're a hack.
I'm surprised to read comments about that scene as effective, because I found it rather funny.
BTW, it's ripping off two other movies which are designed to be home made birthday videos where aliens show up and attack; only the whole movie is based on that concept. They're called UFO Abduction and Alien Adbuction.