Argue all you want about whether the surprise ending of this period thriller (oh, you know there is one) is any good. That's not really the point. M. Night Shyamalan is crafting smart, genuinely spooky stories that'll rattle you to the bottom of your popcorn tub. He does that again here, using a nervous 19th-century Pennsylvania hamlet as his setting.
The village people have an understanding with the something that lives in the forest nearby. But then the misunderstandings begin. Does Shyamalan get a little lost along the way? Yes. Sometimes the story drags and classy actors like William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver and intense fresh face Bryce Dallas Howard are tripped up by the period dialogue. And Adrien Brody's mumbling village idiot character is a complete waste. But if you want to be scared and actually think about a movie for more than five minutes after you finish watching it, enter The Village. We dare you.