380 Days of Halloween Movies: Day 2 - The Village (2004)
The Village (2004) Official Trailer
M.Night Shyamalan was portrayed as a movie directing genius in the late 90s-early 2000s, and this was to be the movie that would be the height for M.Night Shyamalan's directorial career in Hollywood for the 2000s.
M.Night Shyamalan's formula for movie projects in these early days required the blend of folk tales and folks alike. His movies would bring the folks who would tell the tales into a story where they must witness the old-wives tales with their very own eyes.
M.Night Shyamalan is the director behind the making of The Village, and before laying into the man, it may be worth noting that his movies that are psychological mine fields and riddled with mystery have been nothing but pure genius directorial works of art. And, like art, there is a whole set of people in todays society who would condemn the works of M.Night Shyamalan as though he was the anti-christ. All he has ever done is share his visionary works with the mass audiences, and when he was under the close eye of the big budget productions with movie studios his work simply required too much thought for all of the CGI and special effects ruining his art.
M.Night Shyamalan had a tough time with his directorial works on The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth. These movies were all too far in the direction of mystery, CGI and special effects that ultimately when coupled with M.Night’s directorial style simply did not work. M.Night Shyamalan’s directing work is done best when he is making a psychological thriller/mystery/horror movie. Having learned from his multiple big-budget threats that went a bust, M.Night Shyamalan has returned with good grace to his previous art style that perfectly blends horror, drama, and mystery within his latest smaller budget productions.
The first of which, The Visit released in 2010, and has gone on to turn a quadruple return on its original investment. Then, Split released in 2016, a movie that has gone on to turn a big blockbuster return on its relatively small budget. This is a rare occurrence in Hollywood ladies and gentlemen, when a director falls into the dark abyss - with dropping cinema tickets sales, and the early cancelling of extra cinema screenings, and early drops from the international cinemas showing the movie. To then return with glorious tidings from the audiences that once shunned your work, as the last two directorial credits for M.Night Shyamalan have given him back his credibility in Hollywood as a promising (or more importantly, in-work) director and producer of his own movies.
The Village, directed by M.Night Shyamalan in 2004, is the perfect horror mystery tale that should be used as inspiration for future horror movie creators. The masterpiece in creating a completely unique horror story is something that comes in few supply in the great grasps of the Hollywood demigods who will throw a bone every now and then for a director to make a horror movie. And, never take into full account the successes of work done by directors like M.Night Shyamalan.
The Village (2004)
M.Night Shyamalan’s fourth directorial project, and this is the one that received the most controversy (at the time of its release), due to its unusual storyline, defining plot, and the twist that no one expected. This is a movie of pride for many audiences who have had the joy of seeing the movie, since it was a rather beautiful story, and many enjoyed the magnificent work of art that the movie was for its time.
M.Night Shyamalan directed the movie, The Village, similar to how he directed Signs in 2002 (starring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix). In that, The Village was an entirely unique setting within the modern day world basing all of his ideas off idealistic living for the fewer crowds of people in North America (to be precise).
In The Village, there is a small village of old-fashioned style living folks (like the Quakers), and the village is smack back in the middle of a vast woods. The small village is on a wide wildlife reserve owned by the village elder leader who is vastly wealthy, and to be precise, a wealth that stretches into the billions. He lives with his people in this tight-nit community village, and there is a group of elders along with their leader who experienced tragic losses that brought them together. It was these people who swore an oath to lead their families in The Village, and their way of life would be entirely cut-off from the outer world.
That’s right, the residents living in this village have no idea that their way of life and living is way behind on the way that the rest of the world lives in modern day society. Take away a century of an industrial revolution, nations riddled with timeless wars and conflict, and the technological revolution, and then you have this village. These are intelligent folks, and the way that the elders keep the residents away from the outer towns (which they believe are beyond the vast woods) is through the wife’s tale of walking red cloaked monsters that live in the woods. This is more psychological in the movie, and for a second you will actually whole-heartedly believe that these monsters could be real. This is perhaps one of the greatest twists in a psychological horror, mystery movie that there has ever been.
The movies timeless, yet controversial twist: At first your angry. Then, your sad. Then, you watch The Village again and start to appreciate the art masterpiece that it is. M.Night Shyamalan is extremely creative, and makes stories that would otherwise never work for another movie maker, but the odder stories tend to be the better ones if you are a fan of M.Night Shyamalan’s works.
Starring Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator, Signs, Her), Adrien Brody (The Pianist, Predators), Bryce Dallas Howard (Lady in the Water, Jurassic World), William Hurt (A History of Violence, The Incredible Hulk) and Sigourney Weaver (Alien, Aliens, Avatar), this is a super star casted movie, and M.Night Shyamalan wasn’t about to waste this opportunity. The basic cover art for The Village is deep, and this would require knowledge of the movies storyline, and plot lines, but there is true emotion and deep meanings jammed into the front cover for this timeless horror mystery movie that will be lost to time. Joaquin Phoenix is a quiet loner in The Village, and has keen ambitions, but he is tied to the community and lives under the fear of the red cloaked monsters in the woods alongside all of the other village folks. As centuries before they made a deal with the monsters to never enter into their woods, and in return the monsters would not enter into their quiet village.
The Village has an unprecedented amount of professional support and budget funding for the fairly complex storyline that lay ahead for the movie, but through shear hard work and brilliant acting performances from the entire cast, this is one of M.Night Shyamalan’s greatest mystery stories to be shown in the silver screens. The Village had a production budget of $60 million, and brought in a worldwide box office return of more than $250 million, which is a heck of a lot of money for a horror movie.
And, so concludes our day 2 Halloween movie viewing for the "380 Days of Halloween Movies" series.
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