The Happening

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Overview

Lady in the Water director M. Night Shyamalan puts PG-13 suspense on pause to tell this grim apocalyptic tale about a family fleeing a natural disaster that poses a grave threat to the whole of humanity. Philadelphia high-school science teacher Elliot Moore Mark Wahlberg is discussing the disappearance of the bees with his students when the staff is summoned to the theater and briefed about a mysterious event that is currently unfolding in New York City. According to reports, citizens in the vicinity of Central ...
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Overview

Lady in the Water director M. Night Shyamalan puts PG-13 suspense on pause to tell this grim apocalyptic tale about a family fleeing a natural disaster that poses a grave threat to the whole of humanity. Philadelphia high-school science teacher Elliot Moore Mark Wahlberg is discussing the disappearance of the bees with his students when the staff is summoned to the theater and briefed about a mysterious event that is currently unfolding in New York City. According to reports, citizens in the vicinity of Central Park have suddenly and inexplicably begun seizing up just before killing themselves by whatever means are at their disposal. As the phenomena begins to spread and talk of terrorism fills the airwaves, Elliot, his wife, Alma Zooey Deschanel, their friend Julian John Leguizamo, and his daughter, Jess Ashlyn Sanchez, board a train bound for the presumed safety of the country. When the train screeches to a halt before arriving at its final destination, however, the frightened passengers are forced to fend for themselves as each consecutive news report paints an increasingly grim picture of the situation in more urbanized areas. Theories abound on what could be causing the unexplainable rash of suicides, but the only thing that everyone seems to agree on is that it's some kind of airborne contagion that is carried in the wind. It would appear that humankind's reign on planet Earth has come to an end, but perhaps if this small band of survivors can find a safe place to lie low until this all blows over, all hope for survival of the species might not be lost just yet.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes with introductions by M. Night Shayamalan; The Hard Cut featurette; I Hear You Whispering featurette; Visions of the Happening: a making-of featurette; A Day for Night featurette; Elements of a Scene featurette
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2008
  • UPC: 024543532897
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,165

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Wahlberg Elliot Moore
Zooey Deschanel Alma Moore
John Leguizamo Julian
Ashlyn Sanchez Jess
Betty Buckley Mrs. Jones
Spencer Breslin Josh
Robert Bailey Jr. Jared
Frank Collison Nursery Owner
Jeremy Strong Private Auster
Alan Ruck Principal
Victoria Clark Nursery Owner's Wife
Alison Folland Woman Reading on Bench with Hair Pin
M. Night Shyamalan Joey
Kristen Connolly Woman Reading on Bench
Cornell Womack Construction Foreman
Curtis L. McClarin Construction Crew Member
Robert Lenzi Jake
Derege Harding Train Conducter
Kerry O'Malley Woman On Cell Phone
Shayna Levine Teenage Girl in Jeep
Stephane Debac French Bicyclist
Cyrille Thouvenin French Bicyclist's Friend
Babita Hariani Medical Correspondent
Alicia Taylor U.S. Reporter
Edward James Hyland Professor Kendall Wallace
Armand Schultz Talk Show Host
Stephen Singer Dr. Ross
Sophia Burke Student Named Laura
Alex Van Kooy Boy in Class
Charlie Saxton Student Named Dylan
Kathy Hart Vice Principal
Lisa Gunn Teacher In Auditorium
Rick Foster Railway Police Officer
Marc H. Glick P.A. System Coordinator
Don Castro Philadelphia Police Officer
Bill Chemerka Taxi Driver
Jan Ellis Older Woman with Dog
Whitney Sugarman Passenger
Mary Ellen Driscoll Woman Passenger
Greg Wood Passenger at Counter
Peter Appel Diner Owner
Eoin O'Shea Passenger #1
Michael Quinlan Passenger #2
Lyman Chen Passenger #3
Brian O'Halloran Jeep Driver
Megan Mazaika Jeep Passenger #1
Richard Chew Keep Passenger #2
Keith E. Bullard Man In Crowd at Crossroads
Joel de la Fuente Realtor
Ashley Brimfield Woman in Group
Mara Hobel Woman with Hands Over Ears
James "Jimbo" Breen Voice Only
Carmen Bitonti Mangled Construction Worker
Brian Anthony Wilson Arguing Man in Crowd
Greg Smith Aldridge Zoo Employee
Ukee Washington Local News Anchor
John Ottavino Network News Anchor
Sid Doherty Radio News Anchor
Wes Heywood Voice Only
Nancy Sokerka Radio Caller Fay
Julia Yorks Voice Only
Bill Shusta Radio Newsman
Kirk Penberthy Radio Announcer
Alex Craft Truck Passenger Boy
Allie Habberstad Truck Passenger Girl
Technical Credits
M. Night Shyamalan Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Douglas Aibel Casting
Gary Barber Executive Producer
Chistian Beckman Makeup Special Effects
Roger Birnbaum Executive Producer
Conrad Buff Editor
Tony Dunne Art Director
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Mark Graham Score Composer
Diane Heery Casting
Betsy Heimann Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephanie Holbrook Casting
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Joann Kane Score Composer
Deven Khote Co-producer
David Khote Co-producer
Jason Loftus Casting
Juliette Menager Casting
Barry Mendel Producer
Barry Mender Producer
Sam Mercer Producer
Jeannine Oppewall Production Designer
Jose L. Rodriguez Co-producer
Zade Rosenthal Cinematographer
John Rusk Associate Producer
Ronnie Screwvala Executive Producer
Zarina Screwvala Executive Producer
Anne Seibel Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Happening
1. Main Titles [:23]
2. Horror in the Park [:22]
3. Taking a Fall [:17]
4. Disappearing Bees [2:13]
5. Possible Terrorism [1:53]
6. Marital Woes [1:32]
7. Chilly, Isn't It [2:17]
8. Last Stop [1:55]
9. Welcome to Princeton [:46]
10. Crossroads [5:48]
11. Talking Funny [3:17]
12. What If? [:27]
13. Good Vibes [6:22]
14. Unwelcome Reception [2:51]
15. Mrs. Jones [4:05]
16. Force of Nature [3:45]
17. Mood Ring [5:36]
18. Love Over Life [4:20]
19. A Warning [1:20]
20. The Happening/End Titles [5:32]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Happening
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Language Selection
      Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Surround
      Audio: Spanish Dolby Surround
      Audio: French Dolby Surround
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Deleted Scenes
         Deleted Scenes With Introductions by M. Night Shyamalan: On
         Deleted Scenes With Introductions by M. Night Shyamalan: Off
         Play All - With Intro
         Play All - Without Intro
         Elliot and Alma Fight (Extended Version) - With Intro
         Elliot and Alma Fight (Extended Version) - Without Intro
         Lion Attack (Extended Version) - With Intro
         Lion Attack (Extended Version) - Without Intro
         Music Recital - With Intro
         Music Recital - Without Intro
         Survivalist Porch (Extended Version) - With Intro
         Survivalist Porch (Extended Version) - Without Intro
      The Hard Cut
      "I Hear You Whispering"
      The Happening - Visions of The Happening: A Making Of
      A Day for Night
      Elements of a Scene
      Gag Reel
      Trailers
         Street Kings
         Mirrors
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 2.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    it made me think

    I was shaking all threw the movie. I will not watch it again. I don't want some of the images to be in my mind. I would not recommond this movie to young childeren. It has alot of diturbing parts in it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I liked it

    It¿s a movie right? Movies are meant to have us entertained for the time we start to the time we finish. That¿s the job of the movie. And this movie did its job. it was interesting to see all these things happening I haven¿t seen all his movies but the ones ive seen I feel like im a part of some game and im trying to put the pieces together. Its fun. If you liked his movies id recommend you see this one.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Disturbing!

    I love M. Night Shyamalan's movies. This one is my least favorite, but it definitely made you think. All this talk about how we need to be more "Green", how we're destroying our planet. Well, in this movie, Shyamalan shows us what would happen if Mother Earth fought back. It's extremely disturbing and will give you some chills. But that's why we see Shyamalan's movies. He's a different kind of director/writer. <BR/><BR/>I was hoping for a big twist, but the ending was predictable and a bit lackluster.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

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    While it may not be M. Night's best movie, it wasn't that bad. Even if the acting seemed funny at times.

    The opening was very creepy and just disturbing. There were moments I was like is Mark Wahlberg supposed to act that way? Some scenes were creepy and intense while others seemed a little funny. Overall, the film was okay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    My mom says is boring, I dont say is boring.

    It starts with non-sence, but then it comes the horror of the movie. The problem is that in Central Park,N.Y. someone liber a quimic or something made of oxigen. And that makes people to be kill by themselfs.I will dont tell more for the ones that dont saw the movie!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Hard to find out WHAT IS HAPPENING!

    The story line left me puzzled and the ending did not help.
    "The Mist" was a lot more envolving!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Happening

    Very interesting movie! Makes you think!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just plain weird.

    So why does the wind just sort of pass by the main characters standing a foot away? Seems like they started out with a good idea, one train of thought - which then didn't seem to come to fruition. And so they went off on another train of thought which wasn't as good - and also didn't come to fruition. And with all of the indecision, it just wasn't exciting enough to make it as a cliff hanger either.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Eye-balled Lemon Drinks

    What happened: Protein-rich hot dogs, creative suicides, and eye-balled lemon drinks. No Joke. Marky Mark is easy on the eyes as usual, and the cute Zooey Deschanel holds it all together. However, I cannot in good conscience suggest you spend the money to subject yourself to The Happening. If you choose to reject this advice, however, prepare yourself for the necessary post-experience therapy session. Keep in mind, this opinion is coming from someone who actually liked Lady in the Water and The Village. M. Night, the writer/director/producer may need to pick a hat, and hire some help if he doesn't want to become a straight to video release next time. If you find my review thin and undeveloped. . . .you should see The Happening.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    What's happening? Who cares!

    This is the worst Shyamalan movie. Period. Even worse than "Unbreakable". (I hated that one.) The twist that you expect from Shyamalan happens in the first 1/2 hour, but you don't realize that was it until you sit through the whole damn movie. I'll admit, the various death scenes were cool, but that just doesn't make a movie. The acting wasn't bad, but the script was so they kinda cancel each other out. Maybe he was trying to send a message: "It's not nice to mess with Mother Nature" but this was a horrible attempt.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    a little let down...

    This movie is a thriller and does keep you on the edge of your seat for most of it, but it is all undermined by the fact that entire theme lacks substance. It hints that the we have abused the earth so much that it revolts against us, which is fair enough, but it does this by having all plant life release a strange neurotoxin in the air.<BR/><BR/>I sat through the entire film waiting for M.nights' trademark surprise ending, which never came.<BR/><BR/>It is worth a watch if you see it on cable, but does not live up to M.Night's reputation that he earned through such great films as unbreakable.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Plants get angry at mankind for too much hate? Explain. Please.

    Probably one of the worst movies I've seen in a good while. The plot, the actors, the ending...I mean, really? This is the best you can do, Shyamalan? I used to think he was a pretty good director...but the last few he's done? Oh man.<BR/><BR/>Anyways, the plot sets you up that plants (yes, plants!) are releasing chemicals into the air that somehow cause humans to kill themselves. Oh, and it just so happens they only attack people who are in large numbers so if you stay in smaller groups, you're safer! >.> Oh, really now? Yes, really.<BR/>Now, I never caught it myself but a friend told me that the reason the plants were doing it was because there was "too much hate." This...uh...kind of makes sense with the ending. I guess. And really, don't get me started on the ending. x_x It made me mad just because it was ridiculously stupid.<BR/><BR/>The actors? Utter failures. I can't remember any character names (is that a bad or a good thing? Not sure.) but the main woman in it was beyond annoying. It was obvious she was just a tad crazy and well, you almost plead for her to die. <BR/>The "suspense" was more or less laughable. Pretty much all of it could have been seen from a mile away. Well...minus the fact that it's plants causing it. Never saw that one coming! Seriously, who comes up with that? Are directors just that desperate to have something original anymore?<BR/><BR/>I know the trailers looked interesting. Yes, they got me too. But don't watch it. I don't care how badly you may want to see it. It's for your own good. The Happening is really a movie that makes you want to gouge your own eyes out and then beat your head against a wall for self-punishment for having watched it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    sophomoric

    The entire premisis of this movie is moronic. Plants attack humans with invisible spores that make them commit suicide, but only if they are in large groups. Huh? Anyone with grade school basic science knowledge will find this movie intolerable. Rediculous to the point I found it infuriating. I will never give this director another cent of my money, because this movie was just rediculous. The acting was forced and terrible as well...except for the 'Gomer Pyle' character. No that was pretty terrible too. Comercialized dog excrement every moment of the entire picture.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    What Happened?

    Not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, "The Happening" isn't a bad movie either. It falls somewhere betwixt and between. Miscast as a high-school science teacher, Mark Wahlberg tries to use his reason to figure out why the citizens of New York City are going mad and committing suicide. Though a rationalist science teacher, he knows that certain events in nature are irrational and defy explanation, such as, lemmings committing mass suicide and the sudden inexplicable disappearance of honeybees all over the country. "The Happening" posits an interesting theme, but it becomes increasingly silly as Wahlberg and company flee the wind that seems to be instigating folks to kill themselves. I liked the scenes of the wind rustling the grass and the trees and hustling the scudding clouds through the cerulean sky in rural Pennsylvania, but they weren't scary as they were meant to be. "The Happening" is an admirable effort that Shyamalan can't manage to pull off.<BR/>--Bryan Cassiday, author of "Fete of Death"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shockingly Awful

    This was hands down the summer of 2008's worst film and biggest disapointment. Where to start with a movie that is absolutely horrible on so many levels? How about the acting. The perfomances Shyamalan pulls form his actors is laughable. There's a constant vibe throught the film that the actors really weren't were sure how to interpret this amazingly stupid script. Wahlberg in particular puts in what is easily the worst perfomance he's ever done. But I'm not sure we can totally blame him for this turkey. Since the ego-manical Shyamalan has to write, direct, and produce anything he chooses to put on film, the ultimate blame falls in his lap. Has this man gone so far off the reservation that the film he thought he was making was somehow enjoyable, let alone even watchable? The plot is LUDICROUS on all counts. I'm really starting to doubt this man's qualifications when handling studio money. If you thought the gotcha ending of The Village was lame, prepare to have your mind blown with the absolute absurdity of The Happening. I won't spoil any plot points, but I am warning those of you who dare to watch this complete diaster of a movie. You will be incredibly let down if have any expectations that rise above you're lowest film rating possible. Stay away from this one people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Poor taste

    I usually love his movies but when suicide is presented as entertainment, it crosses the line for me.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Happening

    M. Night started strong. With every subsequent film, I've found less to like and more to dissapoint me. THE HAPPENING did not follow this trend. I liked it more--slightly more--than LADY IN THE WATER. That still doesn't get it more than 1 star in my book, however. The movie was still downright terrible, but I'll take a 2nd star and give it to Zooey Deschanel for doing something remarkable: she created a character that you actually believe would be saying the ridiculous things her character says. It's as if every other actor came in doing his/her normal gig, while Zooey D. looked at the script and thought &amp amp amp quot what am I going to have to do to really sell this stuff to the audience?&amp amp amp quot The music by JNH was decent, but the weakest from all of their collaborations. Swim at your own risk!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Happening

    What &amp quot happened?&amp quot Protein-rich hot dogs, creative suicides, and eye-balled lemon drinks. No Joke. Marky Mark is easy on the eyes as usual, and the cute Zooey Deschanel holds it all together. However, I cannot in good conscience suggest you spend the money to subject yourself to The Happening. If you choose to reject this advice, however, prepare yourself for the necessary post-experience therapy session. Keep in mind, this opinion is coming from someone who actually liked Lady in the Water and The Village. M. Night, the writer/director/producer may need to pick a hat, and hire some help if he doesn't want to become a straight to video release next time. If you find my review thin and undeveloped. . . .you should see The Happening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The funniest film of the decade.

    M. Night Shyamalan pretty much has no idea what he's doing anymore. I have to give him some credit as this movie is a laugh riot, but I doubt it was intentional. The only way it could have been funnier is if he included some ridiculous twist at the end. It's interesting that he would build his entire career on lame twist endings, then just completely leave it out of this awful self-parody.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A thought-provoking thriller

    The film ended. I walked out of the theater feeling thrilled and horrified by the subject matter, and enticed by the story. But it wasn't until i got home that the true meaning of the film settled in. I could not stop thinking about it- and that's what good stories are supposed to do. I can understand how not everyone will like this film, but i believe it is truly important

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