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TV COLUMN: Twisted, creepy viewing with M. Night Shyamalan

DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA: The cast of the TV series Wayward Pines, from left, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo, Matt Dillon, Tim Griffin, Toby Jones, Terrence Howard.
DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA: The cast of the TV series Wayward Pines, from left, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo, Matt Dillon, Tim Griffin, Toby Jones, Terrence Howard. FOXTEL

NOBODY does creepy quite like M. Night Shyamalan.

Shyamalan's talent for creating twisted scenarios that you can't help but be drawn to is addictive.

It's the big reveals we viewers get hooked on with Shyamalan, and Wayward Pines is no exception.

Based on the books by Blake Crouch, Wayward Pines is eerie, mysterious and intriguing.

Shyamalan was a wise choice of director for the haunting first episode.

And four weeks into the series, it still manages to cast a hook right in my gut.

Being a voracious reader, I was amazed to discover a show based on books I had not read.

Now I'm desperately flying through the books so I can draw comparisons and be one step ahead of other viewers. Wayward Pines is a small-town thriller with plenty of weird things going on sure to loop though your mind more than once between episodes.

It is also the first leading TV role for Matt Dillon after a long career on the big screen.

His is a welcome face on the television screen, even if he is battling it out with a bunch of weirdos in a place you can never leave.

I guess in that way it's a little like Hotel California: pleasant at first, but actually pretty creepy… in a good way.

I might even go so far as to draw comparisons between Wayward Pines and Lost.

Both are based on the premise of a group of people trapped in a situation where there is no way out in the foreseeable future.

I only hope Wayward Pines doesn't whirl out of control and change tack from the thriller genre to the this-is-getting-old genre.

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