Every twist from “the sixth sense” to “the old”
When fans go to the movies to watch an M Night Shyamalan movie, they know they’re expecting the unexpected. From his early films like The sixth sense at his last, Old woman, there is always a twist to be found.
It may even mean that audiences spend the entire movie trying to guess the twist, but Shyamalan always comes up with something left-field.
We’re breaking down all of the great twists and turns of Shyamalan’s most iconic movies like his latest film, Old woman, comes to movie theaters.
Upcoming are spoilers for several of his films, including the upcoming one Old woman.
The sixth sense
Plot twist: Malcolm Crowe is dead from the start.
The first and arguably one of Shyamalan’s best films is The sixth sense, which has become almost synonymous with cinematic twists.
In the movie, young Cole (played by Haley Joel Osment) has a new therapist, Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), who is there to help the boy socialize.
Malcolm also believes that by helping Cole, he can be closer to his wife once their relationship cools down.
He discovers that the young man believes he can see dead people walking around without knowing they are dead.
Cole begins to help the ghosts complete their business so that they can walk towards the light, and eventually, once Malcolm realizes that he is also a ghost, he is able to accept Cole’s help to do the same thing.
Plot twist: Mr. Glass is behind everything
In the first of Unbreakable trilogy, security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis) believes himself to be invincible.
This is because he manages to survive extraordinary events like a horrific train wreck, and enlists Elijah Price, the owner of the comic book store, aka M. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), for the help understand what he thinks are superhuman abilities.
Over time, his conversations with Glass make him more certain of his abilities, even thinking his intuition is an extrasensory perception, and begins to wear a raincoat as a superhero costume.
Ultimately, he finds out that Mr. Glass is behind all the incidents that would have proven David’s abilities, and he actually believes himself to be David’s superhero big bad.
Plot twist: Aliens are repelled by water
It’s not so much a twist as it is a coincidence, although, as the priest tells us in the film, “There are no coincidences.
Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) lost his faith and is raising children Morgan and Bo (Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin) after his wife’s death, alongside his brother Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix).
Aliens come to take over the planet, invading their home near an isolated cornfield with crop circles.
The aliens are getting closer and closer and the family thinks they are threatened, but soon things start to fall into place for them.
Bo’s strange habit of leaving glasses of water everywhere, Morgan’s asthma, and Merrill’s former baseball hopefuls all come in incredibly useful, along with Graham’s wife’s last words: “Swing away, Merrill.”
Ultimately Morgan avoids their poison gas due to his asthma, Merrill beats the aliens with his bat after they are weakened by Bo’s water meaning the family survives and Graham’s faith is restored.
Plot twist: Monsters aren’t real, and they’re in the 21st century
The village had a number of twists and turns, and main character Ivy (Bryce Dallas Howard) is the focus of many of them.
The story begins with a 19th century farming community, which stays in its village because of the creatures that live in the woods and stalk people if they try to leave.
Ivy, who is blind, goes in search of medicine for her beloved, Lucius (Joaquin Phoenix) and learns the first plot twist: the monsters of the forest are actually people from their colony in disguise to prevent the people to leave.
She leaves and finds her way to the edge of the colony, and is picked up by a park ranger who helps her collect medicine.
It is revealed that his father, Edward (William Hurt), bought the nature reserve and created the village for people to live there to escape their grief from the crimes, and the elders used the monsters to keep people out. and enter the real world.
Ivy did not turn anyone back to the truth, and the village elders continued to deceive their inhabitants.
Lady in the water
Plot twist: The nymph is there looking for M Night Shyamalan
Bryce Dallas Howard plays Story, a water nymph or Narf who is discovered in the swimming pool of a building by the owner, Cleveland (Paul Giamatti).
Cleveland and her other inhabitants try to help the Narf escape the horrible Scrunt, a powerful beast that hunts her.
The group places themselves in the legend of Narf, trying to save Story from the evil aggressor.
At the end, however, it is revealed that Story has freed herself from her fantasy world to find the Writer, someone who will write a manifesto that will ultimately save humanity.
This writer is played by director, Shyamalan, who writes The Cookbook, which will inspire a future president, though his extraordinary ideas mean he will be assassinated.
Plot of the Plot: Plants cause people to harm themselves
In The event, the United States is suddenly taken over by mass suicides that are happening across the country.
It is believed to be happening due to a neurotoxin caused by a terrorist attack that forces everyone to harm themselves.
Husband and wife Elliott and Alma (Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel) run away in an attempt to find refuge, ending up caring for a girl whose father is deceased, Jess (Ashlyn Sanchez).
Quickly, Elliott realizes, after talking to a nursery worker, that plants release the toxin in an attempt to protect themselves from the damage humans do to the environment.
The movie ends and the trio have managed to survive, but Elliott continues his quest to warn others of the cause of this and how the environment must be protected to stop further outbreaks.
Plot twist: The couple aren’t really their grandparents
This is one of the best twists of the later Shyamalan films, with a much simpler twist and in many ways more effective.
In the film, Becca and Tyler (Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould) go to visit their grandparents, Nana and Pop Pop (Deanna Dunagan and Peter McRobbie), without their mother Loretta (Kathryn Hahn).
Loretta fell out with her parents 15 years ago, making it Becca and Tyler’s very first visit.
Their grandparents are acting a little weird, and soon the teens start to discover strange things about their grandparents, like adult diapers and vomiting sequences.
Soon their grandparents get violent and start chasing them, and they realize that these are two patients who escaped from an institution and killed their real grandparents in the process.
The teens eventually escape and the truth is revealed.
Plot twist: the film is linked to Unbreakable
To divide seemed to be completely self-sufficient as the movie progressed.
It shows Kevin Wendell (James McAvoy) a man with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) who kidnaps a group of girls to sacrifice them to one of the personalities: The Beast.
The Beast is a superhuman, cannibalistic monster that the other 23 identities fear, and some of the identities have helped the Beast come “into the light.”
One of the kidnapped girls is Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) whose own past traumas help her speak to Kevin’s various personalities and attempt to escape.
The film appears to be without any twists, until the post-credit scene sees a waitress watching the news, seeing how The Horde’s new name was grasped.
She links him to an earlier crime of a wheelchair criminal who believed himself to be superhuman, and trying to remember his name, David Dunn appears, calling him Mr. Glass.
Plot twist: Dr. Staples wants to kill them – and they could actually be superhuman
To divide leads perfectly to A glass, thanks to the post-credit scene, and it is revealed that the three supposed superhumans were taken to an institution by Dr. Staples (Sarah Paulson) and have delusions and are not superhumans.
Glass’s mother Casey and David’s son Joseph try to convince her otherwise, but soon the three men escape and attempt to defeat each other.
It is then revealed that these men are in fact superhuman, having been targeted by the underground organization of Dr. Staples who seeks to kill anyone who threatens the balance of the world by exhibiting superhuman qualities.
Its plot is on display and the world sees the superhumans at the end, but some may suggest that the twist is that they are even superhumans, as many have questioned whether their self-confidence is really true.
Plot twist: They were chosen to be part of a clinical trial
In Shyamalan’s latest film, a group is taken to a private beach by the managers of their hotel, where they realize they can’t escape and the beach forces them to age prematurely.
The thing that they all have in common is that they suffer from various illnesses, from epilepsy to schizophrenia and calcium deficiency.
A man watches them from a cliff (Shyamalan) and it turns out that he is part of the reason for their abandonment.
The hotel they are staying in, it seems, is actually a lab working to test drugs and the unique rock on the beach means they can test drugs for years in just a few hours.
They even discover that one of their medications, which were all given to guests under the guise of free cocktails, could keep people from having epileptic seizures for years.
Ultimately, two children who turned 50 while on the island find a way out and speak out against the pharmaceutical company.