Scarlet Knight Shyamalan

Welcome to our webpage dedicated to the works of writer-director M. Night Shyamalan and the role his films play in teaching the topic of psychiatry. At Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, we’ve created a course within our REDRUMTM (Reviewing Mental Disorders with a Reverent Understanding of the Macabre) curriculum that teaches psychopathology through selected films of M. Night Shyamalan. Click on a movie below for an overview of its synopsis and how the plot can be transformed into a fictional case of mental illness.


Scarlet Knight Shyamalan
Film Year Topic
The Sixth Sense 1999 Somatic Symptom Disorders
Unbreakable 2000 Psychotic Disorders
Signs 2002 Sleep Disorders
The Village 2004 Mood Disorders
The Visit 2008 Delirium and Dementia1
Devil 2010 Personality Disorders
Split 2016 Dissociative Disorders
1. Renamed Major Neurocognitive Disorder


The medical opinions expressed on this website are not necessarily shared by the writer-director and constitute fair use. Users are strongly encouraged to use our material for teaching purposes only so as not to promote the stigma of mental illness. Any similarity to any person living or dead is merely coincidental. Copyright © 2018 All Rights Reserved.

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