Shyamalan?s Signs of suspense

Published on Jan 22, 2006 02:18 AM IST

By the time he released Signs in 2002, Manoj Night Shyamalan was on a roll.

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By the time he released Signs in 2002, Manoj Night Shyamalan was on a roll. His first feature film, Praying with Anger, had released 10 years earlier, and with The Sixth Sense (1999) he had both fame and Oscar nominations. Unbreakable, followed a year later and by the time Signs was released, Shyamalan had established himself as a master of telling suspenseful tales with a twist.

Starring Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix and Rory Culkin, Signs is the story of farmer Graham Hess (Gibson) whose world changes when he discovers a message-a pattern of circles and lines-carved into his crops. As he investigates the unfolding mystery, his findings alter the lives of his brother and children. Signs explores the mysterious real-life phenomena of crop signs and the effects they have on one family.

Shot on a budget of $72 million, Signs eventually grossed $408,247,917 worldwide. Yet again, the director-writer made a cameo appearance as a vet in the film. The artwork in the book about extraterrestrials was actually done by Salek, Shyamalan’s daughter and the stories of the children’s birth are actually the stories of Shyamalan’s two children. Starting January 23, Star Movies will be running a Shyamalan fest for four nights at 9 pm. Catch Signs on January 25 and the worldwide TV premiere of The Village on January 26.

HT City in an exclusive tie-up with Star Movies also brings you a Shyamalan contest (details elsewhere on this page) which closes today at 5 pm.

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