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YMMV: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Franchise Original Sin: Many of the criticisms of his later films are present in his earlier ones, they're just kept reasonably in check. The most notable is the Shocking Swerve that is standard in his films, which was well-done at first but degraded into nonsense.
  • Hype Backlash: Critics and fans of The Sixth Sense lauding him as the next Alfred Hitchcock after his first filmnote  just raised everybody's expectations too high.
  • Memetic Mutation: What a tweest!
  • Misaimed Marketing: His movies would probably do better if they were advertised as character-driven dramas instead of horror movies with a twist.
  • Never Live It Down: It's hard to believe, but Shyamalan has directed more movies that don't have twist endings than ones that do. In fact, since The Happening, he hasn't directed a movie with a twist ending. Doesn't stop his reputation though.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The Sixth Sense, made evident by the fact that each of his next six films received progressively worse reviews.
  • Vindicated by Cable: Unbreakable is becoming a classic in terms of its deconstruction of the origin story of the Superhero and arguably has probably held up the best. Since it came out before the latest comic-book movie craze, it didn't really mean much to people who didn't read superhero comics.

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