M. Night Shyamalan has a long and diverse film career, to put it mildly. He is recognized for writing and directing the legendary horror film, The Sixth Sense, but he is also the mastermind behind the critically panned film, The Last Airbender, which some consider to be the worst movie ever made. Movie enthusiasts may have differing opinions about the quality of Shyamalan’s filmography. However, does the director wish to erase any of his works from existence? Interestingly, Shyamalan’s response is filled with a surprising twist, as is common in his best and worst movies.
On our ReelBlend podcast, M. Night Shyamalan joined us to talk about his latest film, A Knock at the Cabin. During the conversation, he was asked which movie from his repertoire he would choose to sacrifice for the sake of saving the world. The director had a response, but it was unexpected. He said to ReelBlend:
Bravo, M. Night, Bravo! Give this guy a round of applause! Although he wasn’t ready to reveal the movie he would be willing to give up, he didn’t hesitate to reveal which film he holds dear to him, and it might just be a surprising answer.
During an interview with GQ, the director was posed the question of which of his films was his personal favorite. Surprisingly, he did not choose The Sixth Sense, his Oscar-winning production, but instead expressed a fondness for his movies that possess a “quirky nature.” He shared with the publication, “I have a soft spot for my films with a quirky nature.”
Two of M. Night Shyamalan’s films that are widely considered some of his best works are Unbreakable and The Visit, while Lady in the Water is thought of as one of his weakest films. Despite this, Shyamalan’s personal favorite is still The Sixth Sense, closely followed by Signs.
It remains to be seen where his latest work, A Knock at the Cabin, will rank in his filmography. One can only imagine what he could bring to the table if given the opportunity to save the world. Given this early reaction, it is unclear if Shyamalan would be willing to risk his reputation with this film.
A Knock at the Cabin is now showing in theaters, so check your local listings for showtimes. Fans can also read the book the film was based on, Paul Tremblay’s horror novel A Cabin at the End of the World, which is available on Amazon or at local bookstores.