M. Night Shyamalan
His first feature, Praying with Anger (1992), was loosely based on a trip he took back to India. But it was his third film (after 1998's Wide Awake) that sent Shyamalan's popularity soaring. Starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense was one of the most successful films of 1999, earning Shyamalan and the film several Oscar nominations. The movie also established the director's penchant for "surprise-twist" endings.
Shyamalan followed his sudden success with a veiled look at the origins of a superhero in Unbreakable (2000) and the alien invasion thriller Signs (2002). He continued shocking his audiences with The Village (2004), a period piece about an isolated community terrorized by unseen monsters.
Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has revealed 23 personalities to his psychiatrist, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him -- as well as everyone around him -- as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.