The 5 best M. Night Shyamalan movies to watch to prep for “Glass” – USA TODAY

Has there ever been a filmmaker who has delighted and disappointed fans as much as M. Night Shyamalan? 

The famous thrill-maker behind undeniable classics like “The Sixth Sense” and “Unbreakable” is also behind big bombs like “The Last Airbender” and “The Happening.” 

This weekend Shyamalan is back with “Glass,” combining characters from both 2000’s “Unbreakable” and 2017’s “Split.” In honor of the new film, we look back on Shyamalan’s canon and pick the five best movies to watch, completely ignoring the ones we’d all rather forget. 

If you have never seen them and are seeing ‘Glass’: ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Split’

If you’re planning on seeing “Glass,” catching these two predecessors is a no-brainer. Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis’s characters from “Unbreakable” join James McAvoy’s from “Split” to create a new movie about men with superhuman powers, that’s not quite a superhero movie. Although “Glass” isn’t getting overly stellar reviews, its predecessors are top-notch, representing the best of what Shyamalan can do: Thrill you while asking more existential questions. 

Rent or buy “Unbreakable” on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu or YouTube. Buy “Split” on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu or YouTube.

If you like aliens and can ignore a bad ending: ‘Signs’

“Signs” is an almost-perfect movie, up until the last five minutes, when the final confrontation with the alien invaders is rather lackluster. But even with a poor final few moments tacked onto the end, “Signs” is still an incredible movie, full of great performances and more scares than probably in any Shyamalan movie besides “The Sixth Sense.”

Rent or buy it on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu or YouTube.

If you want an (intentional) laugh: ‘The Visit’ 

Before “Split” brought Shyamalan back into audience’s good graces more securely, he offered up this 2015 horror-comedy about two kids who are terrorized by their way-too-creepy grandparents. It’s a stupidly funny concept even just in the log line, but the film is smart in how it deploys both the horror and comedy elements, making you rethink ever visiting grandma.  

Rent or buy it on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu or YouTube.

If you want the best of the best: ‘The Sixth Sense’

I mean, what else could be No. 1? With the horror, Haley Joel Osment’s performance and that iconic twist ending, “The Sixth Sense” was a cultural sensation from the moment it debuted in 1999. If it’s possible to still see the film in 2019 without all the cultural baggage attached (the twist being spoiled, all those “I see dead people” jokes), anyone should jump at the opportunity. And then jump at least 20 times while watching the film. 

Stream it on Netflix

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