SR Pick [Video]: No One Likes M. Night Shyamalan

Published 5 years ago by , Updated September 9th, 2010 at 7:49 am,

M. Night Shyamalan College Humor video spoof SR Pick [Video]: No One Likes M. Night Shyamalan

It’s no secret that M. Night Shyamalan’s career has been put under the spotlight, even more than before, ever since The Last Airbender. We even debated what happened to the man who brought us The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. A brand new, hilarious College Humor video reenacts the strange, new world for Shyamalan.

Shortly after the generally ill-received release of The Last Airbender, a new trailer cropped up in theaters. The trailer was for Devil, a thriller that takes place within an elevator, written by Shyamalan. The trailer is riveting and intense, grabbing its audience. But when the screen shows “From the mind of M. Night Shyamalan,” nearly every theater full of movie fans erupted in moans, groans and laughs. It is true – the man behind some of the most heralded plot twist films of the last 20 years has become a laughing stock of Hollywood.

Needless to say, laughing stocks turn into hilarious video parodies pretty quickly. Now that College Humor is in on the fun, we’ve got a high quality, fully conceived short video. It focuses on M. Night Shyamalan as he deals with the strange world that laughs at his work. As he sees it, this can only be part of an epic twist – like many of his own movies.

The trailer includes a scary, bald man that haunts Shyamalan as he tries to uncover the reason behind his lost fan base. It starts off funny enough, but really gets going in the latter half. And of course, there is a twist, so stick around until the end.

The actor who plays Shyamalan actually resembles him a lot and the woman in the trailer looks almost identical to Aubrey Plaza (Funny People, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World). While the latter look-a-like is irrelevant to the humor of the video, it all goes into one of the funniest parody works of late.

College Humor is typically hit or miss with their videos, but by constantly churning out parodies and original content they hit a few great ones. No One Likes M. Night Shyamalan blows their last few videos out of the lady in the water.

Devil does look like a solid thriller, but the marketing team really should have known better when they put Shyamalan’s name in the trailer. Nobody could have predicted the public would react like they did, but that hasn’t stopped new TV spots and trailers from keeping his name on the film.

Then again, when you’ve got a movie with no big names attached, placing Shyamalan’s name on the trailer is the obvious move. Sometimes bad press is good press. At least we are talking about the movie, right?

Source: College Humor

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  1. lol

  2. great

  3. It’s funny, at one time, Steven Spielberg was a god.. then he did “1941″ and the public turned on him in as vicious and heartless a manner as they have now on M. Night Shyamalan. I’m not comparing Spielberg and Shyamalan, but rather, the fickle and cruel public who are so ready and willing to trash an artist.

    Everyone thinks they’re a critic. Everyone thinks their opinion of a film is as important as anyone else’s. Everyone thinks they know everything there is know about movies and the film industry. Well, that’s what it sounds like every time you read something like “agh, that hack Shyamalamadingdong! he makes the worst films, he didn’t do anything half decent after 6th Sense, and even that was crap”.

    • difference is, Steven redeemed himself MANY times over, M. Night has not

    • absolutely right mike!!

    • Uh, to me, he has made ONE good movie, and that is The Sixth Sense. I’m not “fickle” because I judge every movie individually, I’m not going to be like “Well, I kind of thought Lady in the Water sucked, but it’s from the director of The Sixth Sense so I’ll like it anyway.” I think fans are right to turn on him after so many horrible movies in a row. It’s called “learning.”

      • lol ken, he has yet to atone for his other “sins” and i dont think that he ever will. “sins” being his terrible movies

      • Ken…. WOW we actually agree on the something WOW.

        • @Paul

          Well, try not to make it a habit, alright? ;-)

  4. i kinda feel bad for the guy i did enjoy his past films i just think his imagination is to childish for the viewers that now of days like things more grounded in reality and probably waay better quality and it just seems like his s*** is lacking in REALISM we want to see in the lady in the water the wolf actually eating people we wanted the creatures in the village to be REAL creatures. we did not want the happening get back to adult themes filmaking his stuff has gotten to childish and to soft go back to your balls M Knight

    • Never thought about it that way, but your absolutely right.

  5. @mike e then why do we care about your opinion? everyones opinions matter because we are paying to see these films we are the minds these films are made for if we want to pay for somthing we want to pay for somthing that is good and thats worth our time that we can go back and enjoy for the rest of our lives we are tired of crap

  6. i think m night is still good. i loved signs and unbreakible is earlyer work. i liked the village(as did alot of people im my family) i also like the happening(my fam and friends did as well). sure his recent movies wernt great but i thought they were good.

    • The Village was AWFUL. I actually asked for my money back but the theater wouldn’t give it back. I have had bowel movements scarier than that piece of garbage. Shymalanahamana’s last good film was Unbreakable. Since then, the movies have been boring and lame. Devil will be the same.

      • Couldn’t agree with you more. I think what made Unbreakable so good was the pairing up of Bruce Willis and Samuel Jackson. All his other films have been trash. They just don’t seem to go anywhere with the story and then before you know it the end credits are rolling up the screen.

        • Paul not to mention Sam Jackson not acting like Sam Jackson for once. Unbreakable proved he can do some serious acting when he wants to. Also while it had a twist it wasn’t the same kind of twist M does usually. It was a little more low key and played well in to the story. It made perfect sense for the characters in that world.

  7. Wow and i thought michael cinimo had a bad downward spiral lol!

  8. I have to admit that was kind of funny. I completely disagree with it though. The idea that Shyamalan’s career is over or never began is complete rubbish. If you look at his numbers they are actually very respectable :

    Sixth Sense – budget 40MM, Gross revenue 673MM
    Signs – budget 72MM, Gross revenue 408MM
    Unbreakable – budget 75MM, Gross revenue 250 MM
    The Village – budget 60MM, Gross revenue 257MM
    The Happening – budget 48MM, gross revenue 163MM
    The lady in the water – Ok, I’ll give you that one, but actually it still basically broke even.

    These numbers don’t include DVD sales or merchandising so are also understated. TLA has now made 270M USD and is still going strong.

    So, although funny, completely wrong. I really don’t understand where people get the idea that he is not a hugely successful director – because that is in fact what he is.

    Amazing how people’s perception can be so easily altered without actually looking at the facts.

      • Aknot thanks for pointing that out. I hate when people use finacial success to some how indicate that the move was good. Better way to figure it out is how large of a drop it had in attendence and how low it was rated by the viewers. High box office indicates that it sold it’s self well to the audience based on the cast attached, the posters and the trailers.

        For instance The Happening dropped 71 percent from it’s first Friday to the next. Has an Average rating of C on Box Office Mojo by the viewers,a 29% on Rotten Tomatoes by the viewers 18 by the critics, and IMDB has it rated at 5.2 out of 10.

        The Last Airbender had a 68% drop from the first friday to the next. Averaging a C+ at BOM, 4.4 on IMDB, and Rotten Tomatoes viewers gave it 43% considered Rotten the critics were much more harsh giving it only a 7&.

        Those are the things that tell you if people liked it. Box office intake tells you how much people love Mark Whalberg for example and the trailer.

          • “And if you continue to see his movies even though you think they will be bad then you have only yourself to blame. You can’t blame Shyamalan for that!”

            Like I said its like a wreck. I really dont want to distract myself while driving as I may get into a wreck… but I do it anyway. I smoke cigars even though I know it is bad for my health….

            I watch his movies thinking that one day he may redeem himself…. So far that has not happened… Still does not make him all of that and sliced bread.

          • As for the two spikes meaning there was an increase in viewership/dollars taken in.

            Other then that it was a steady and very large drop.

            • Yes, I know and that is what I commented on and refuted.

              • By the by, you have to take account higher priced ticket sales for the so-called ’3D’ in TLA…

                Horrible reviews and fan resentment for TLA seriously puts into jeopardy that there will be a sequel (at least spear-headed by M. Night) simply because they spent $150 million on production, $35 million on advertisement, and only made $130 million domestically and $122+ million internationally.

                This doesn’t inspire confidence for studios when you take into account that M. Night took a property that has a strong fan base and the trailer highlighted (some would argue photoshopped) the selling points, only to have the majority of people walk out the cinema scratching their collective heads, trying to figure out how they got duped yet again.

                I’m pulling for M. Night, but the quality and clarity of his films have been on a steady decline and to use the numbers of TLA as a barometer of for where M. Night is popularity wise is ill-advised.

                And for the record, everyone is right to an opinion. However, the scope of that opinion is not endless. There are standards in place and by those standards (I’ll let you pick–action, pacing, etc) TLA sucked. Hard. Just bad. Awful.

                • *you have to take into account

                  • You’re reaching a little to try and find negativity. Whatever, I guess you have to try and prove your point. I guess time will tell where it all ends up.

                    • However, I will take issue with some of your points here. Firstly, TLA is still going and has only been out a couple of months. There is plenty of time to make more money. And as I said, DVD sales and merchandising have not yet been taken into account.

                      I don’t think it is the majority of people at all – how many millions of people watch a film? How many of those bother to comment on it? It is a very small subset of the moviegoing public. For example, I’m sure most kids loved the movie – it is just the adults, who for some reason have an axe to grind against Shyamalan, who are up in arms.

                      We can disagree on the merits of the film. I thought as a good action movie aimed primarily towards kids, TLA was outstanding. The action was good and the effects were great. And that is what it was meant to be.

                    • I have a theory. Tracey is M. Night Shayamalan. The same person but with a different name da da da dada da da dada (eree music).

                • * I was looking at another movie for advertising costs, TLA cost $130 million to advertise, not $35 million. *

          • Are you seriously comparing a 46% drop to a 60% drop? 40- 50 is normal 60 is high. It’s a terrible argument.

            • Well there is not a huge amount of difference between 50% and 60%, is there? Also, if you look at Toy Story 3 it dropped off and never had any up spikes, TLA has had two. I think it is your argument that is terrible, actually.

              • Umm yes there is a huge difference between 50 and 60% a very big difference.

                Not to mention Toy Story 3 had an opening weekend of 110Mil it’s very very very uncommon for a film to open that large and have a drop lower than 40-50 Percent. TLA wasn’t even close to that opening and should of held on just as strong or stronger than Toy Story 3, but instead suffered a much larger drop.

                From Friday to the next to the next Toy Story 3 went down
                56.4%
                41.3%
                38.5%

                TLA went down
                68.6%
                57.5%
                45.5%

                I would consider all those a huge difference.

                First one is separated by 12% and the second by a much larger 16%.

                The truth of the matter is when looking at actual number even something as low as 7% is a big difference so yes 10% is defiantly a huge difference. Toy Story had a much lower drop than TLA and yet still had a much higher attended opening weekend which usually means a higher drop. However, TLA was so widely considered bad that it suffered a massive second week drop. Usually with a massive second week drop you can stabalize and have a low third week drop to compensate yet TLA had another big drop again two weeks in a row. Then it came to the next week and it had an Average drop which normally wouldn’t be a big deal, but after two massive drops in a row it’s suddenly a massive blow to the film.

                • Why does it even matter how much it made in theaters? I think the most important point of all is that The Last Airbender was just plain HORRIBLE…

                • Again, you’re reaching a little to find negativity. Fine, that is your prerogative, but I think any reasonable person would agree that steep drops after the first week are quite normal. And looking at the figures backs that up.

                  The fact is, Shyamalan is a good solid director. There is only a small number of people, as a percentage of the moviegoing public, who think otherwise. It just so happens that they are the ones who are the most vocal and for some reason have it in for him.

                  Well, I hope everybody doesn’t fall for the groupthink that you guys are trying to engender and think for themselves. Judging by the box office receipts it looks like they are judging for themselves and judging positively.

                  • Only a small percentage of the movie going people think otherwise. HA. Tracey can you pass the crack pipe on please you’ve had enough.

        • hahahahaha I KNOW YOU!…. Im a visual person so when an Avatar changes I dont correlate who it is as quick as seeing the name.. :D

          • Aknot you know me? That sounds creepy lol.

            • I too know Dan… to my dismay :(

              • Ouch Paul that’s harsh.

            • Well as in the I know you by your avatar… :D

              • I thought you were saying that you actually know me know me lol I was like where do you live? lol

    • Well here’s another way to look at the same numbers, how many times the cost the movie made back. A 2 to 2.5 times what the film cost to make is a bare minimum multiplier to judge a film a financially viable effort.

      17x first movie
      6x second movie
      3x third movie
      4x fourth movie
      3x fifth movie
      1x sixth movie
      1.7x seventh movie

      As you can see his movies started out as spectacular successes. Making back as much as 17 times what it cost to make. But that success didn’t last. His success began to falter almost immediately. Extending your tally out to include “The Last Airbender” he can’t even muster a viable cume for a popular title property! That coupled with a on-going critical slide has been sealing his fate. I’m incredibly disappointed in his performance, figuring that it was only the poor choices of subject matter coupled with his learning curve that held the man up. Experimenting in his art would eventually lead him to learn what was at the heart of success, so I thought. However with “The Last Airbender” it was like he obviously slept through movie making 101 through 201 and woke up from dreaming of making his first couple of movies to learn what was in 301, which probably accounts for his first successes. Everyone has at least one good story in them if they get through the process, it’s what they do after that, that determines how successful they will be at it.

      After mucking up something that should’ve been an easy job for an average talent it’s obvious this person has got major issues, perhaps, I dare say, irreparable ones with his chosen career path. I think that’s why he’s doing now what he’s doing. Determining where in his process he’s going wrong, by allowing others to develop his ideas. Is it all in the execution or has he truly lost his creative guiding star, so to speak?

      I’d say he better learn fast or his career as a film maker is washed up. The industry behind the creativity wants to see profitability for their continued support. Some good critical headlines couldn’t hurt either…

        • That success didn’t last from movie to movie. Dropping anywhere from 35 to 50% in payback? Those are incredible drops and as time and his movies have increased in number his performance has gradually slipped, after dropping from those great heights. TLA’s cume might seem impressive but the movie cost 150M to produce. It’s also murky to attribute TLA’s merchandise success on Shyamalan’s effort in light of the fact that preceding his effort was a very successful animated series about the same property. Which almost everyone agrees was superior in every way to this live action rendition. If his work was strong just the theater first run release would have garnered a 3x given all the enthusiasm for the franchise. The multiplier is at 1.7 not 2 for this movie. Your talking 300K dollars less for every Million the movie could be making.

          Believe me when I say I was really wanting to see this movie but passed because of the mangling of the story. I’ve never even seen an episode of the animated version, so I’m not stuck on comparisons between the two. However the more articles I read and feedback from average movie goers about the way the story is laid out, like the way the story proceeded from one plot point to the next without sufficient storytelling in between, sounded like a confusing mess to me. I have nothing against Shyamalan. I wanted TLA to be a strong comeback for him, especially critically. I liked his first efforts in movie directing. I especially wanted to see a followup to “Unbreakable.” Now I’m hoping he doesn’t make it, if this is the best he can do now. The operative word in that sentiment is now, because he’s definitely lost something along the way. His mojo or maybe just the strong desire to succeed, I don’t know.
          If he had an addiction issue or something it would make some kind of sense, but it looks to me like he just had some fluke success in the beginning and is with each successive movie, sputtering out.

          Furthermore, averaging those movies together seems to me to be only relevant if he made all of them for the same company, which he didn’t. That’s important from an investment point of view as he presents himself as a greater risk and not as reliable. Would studio-Y get the high performing Shyamalan that made the “Sixth Sense,” or the poor performing one that made “The Happening?” You want to hire the former performer not the latter one, but how can you be sure that’s what your getting? The old saw was your only as good as your last success, but a successful Hollywood mogul came up with another, Your only as good as your next one…

          • I have a question for you. Who, then, do you consider to be a successful director?

            I’m really not sure where you get the idea of an addiction issue. That seems a little off the wall. Again, I would argue that it is the critics and journalists who may have issues because his record is solid. I can’t see how you can say that there is a sputtering out. 17x is unrepeatable but a median of 3x is highly respectable, by anyone’s standards.

            Averaging is still relevant as it’s an indicator of overall performance.

              • BTW, he is still a VERY capable filmmaker that I will blindly pay for over the Bay’s and the Columbus’ and the Goyer’s of the world. However, he is capable of so much more (at least that is my hopes).

                And if anything read like a personal attack Tracey, I sincerely apologize.

                • TLA takes in 300M USD gross – chances of a sequel?

                  • 308M USD actually! It seems to still be pulling in about 10M USD a week!

  9. Hilarious.

    Your carers been dead the whole time.

    ROFL one of the best videos I’ve seen posted here yet.

  10. I actually liked e every movie he has done till after the village (yes i liked that movie :)).

  11. Shyamalan’s career is dead? But he made such great movies! The Last Airbender and Lady in the Water were so Oscar worthy! Where is all the hate coming from?

    SARCASAM!

    • lol.

      Had to readd that twice, thanks for the chuckle.

  12. “1941″, Had a decent plot, but Speilberg just wasted John Belushi in that one.
    Belushi, just grunted and acted like his Samuri character on SNL,,,

    • Still… Akroyd as a bug always cracks me up…. and the puppet on the ferris wheel..

      Yeah I need to watch that again….

  13. Just read the title of this article. I AGREE. Getting a bit tired of all the wierdo endings in Hollywood films, and Mr M. Night is one of the main culperates, along with Shutter Island. When people stop waching their films cos they know their not gonna have a satisfying end to the film, maybe just maybe some decent script writers / directors will emerge and knock them of the frikkin perch.

  14. Everyone is behaving childishly. While Shymalan’s films may not be good, you still have to admit that enough people see his movies that studios still greenlight all of his films.

    If you don’t like a director, don’t go see anything that his name is on. Simple as that. But if you go to see his films just so you can prove your “intellect” by over-analyzing everything associated with the films, all you are proving is that you need to grow up.

    • The problem Gary is that Shyamalan’s body of work is so uneven. That’s what bothers people. If it was so clear cut perhaps your admonition would have weight, but your glossing over the circumstances and your comment seems shallow. What’s wrong with exercising ones intellect? That’s how you grow. Some people consider it fun to pursue intellectual things. Others like to exercise their body, run, jump, hit the ball. If you want to completely disconnect fine but don’t make this a requirement others have to obey.

  15. I am one of the few that enjoys M. Night films. Some better than others but I feel they all had great stories.

    TLA was an average entertaining film. It had flaws but I saw some things that was successfully done in the movie.

  16. Hey UTKtheInc do you really resemble M. Night Shyamalan…uh ?????

  17. I just can’t forgive him for ‘The Last Airbender’

    He should stick to thrillers!