SUNDOWNING Marks M. Night Shyamalan’s Return to Thrillers


We learned from The Wrap that M. Night Shyamalan‘s new movie, a low-budget spooker called Sundowning stars Kathryn Hahn (Bad Words) and rising child actor Ed Oxenbould (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day).

M. Night hadn’t revealed any details of what a new micro-budgeted flick was about over the past month. The film reportedly focuses on a “single mom (Hahn) with two kids who visit their grandparents and things go very wrong. Oxenbould plays her son, who is protective of his sister.” Or make it sounds more sophisticated, the story is described as “a psychological phenomenon associated with increased confusion and restlessness in patients with some form of dementia. Symptoms also include agitation and mood swings.”

Shyamalan is directing from his own script. Production has nearly wrapped in the filmmaker’s home base of Pennsylvania.The image below is by far the best one he’s posted.

Eleven years ago, Shyamalan was on top of the world, touted as “the next Spielberg” by Newsweek, but things have changed after big budget flops After Earth and The Last Airbender. It’s not just that some of us are glad he’s working with a smaller financing since over the last decade, he’s substituted bloated budgets in place of compelling ideas and coherent storytelling.

Check out the trailer for M. Night’s Oscar-nominated smash The Sixth Sense, great ghost story with its puzzle-box structure, and striking architectural context.