The story of M. Night Shyamalan’s career is one of peaks and valleys, and The Happening (released in 2008) signaled the filmmaker’s descent to rock-bottom. After becoming Hollywood’s golden boy following the release of The 6th Sense, he went into a tailspin that began with Signs and ended with The Last Airbender.
As The Happening approaches its 10th Anniversary, its worth revisiting, if only for proof that it really is as bad as we all remember. The years have not been kind to the film, which still finds few defenders, and continues to rank among the most laughably, outlandish experiments in terror ever attempted. If you don’t have the constitution to give The Happening another watch, the Honest Trailer from Screen Junkies will scratch that same itch.
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Give it a spin below and let us know what you think in the Comments section! After that, you can peep the original trailer and synopsis for The Happening, which stars Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, and John Leguizamo. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Before M. Night Shyamalan’s latest hits theaters, revisit one of the most confusing, unintelligible, bizarre films of all time – The Happening! It’s about killer trees.
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Official Synopsis: An apocalyptic threat to humanity arrives out of the clear blue sky with a series of violent, inexplicable deaths spreading across the country. The cause of the terrifying phenomenon remains unknown, prompting science teacher Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg), his wife Alma (Zooey Deschanel) and his colleague Julian (John Leguizamo) to try to elude the invisible killer in Pennsylvania’s farmland. Soon it becomes clear that no one is safe.
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