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Did Zooey Deschanel’s Happening Happen? Um…Kind Of.

Well…I’ve got to admit, that M. Night Shyamalan managed to buck the trend, and Zooey Deschanel’s little romp through an organic mind control induced suicide spree was not as hard to watch as Lady in the Water.

Which isn’t to say it was really all that good—Shyamalan’s ending was horrible to say the least, and I found myself nodding in agreement with anyone who calls it a slow-paced marginally scary trip to nowhere in particular.  Not that anyone I know of has actually called it that yet, but if they do, man…will I ever agree!

Deschanel herself, meanwhile, seemed to serve little useful purpose besides occasionally freaking out and adding a minimally suspenseful romantic side plot. Watching her in The Happening made me understand why a whole bunch of people threw themselves off buildings.

Actually, watching The Happening made me understand why a whole bunch of people threw themselves off buildings.  Sure, it was more graphic than the standard—more blood and corpses and such—but we all know from the practical experience colloquium that was Hostel that it takes more than blood and corpses to make a good horror movie.

Zooey Deschanel’s Happening—Can Her Career Survive?


It’s called The Happening, M. Night Shyamalan’s spectacularly vague title to his upcoming stab at horror / suspense filmmaking, and it offers us a relatively new terror hottie in the form of Zooey Deschanel.

And what Zooey Deschanel will be slogging through this time is a “paranoid thriller” about a family running from some sort of environmental calamity that puts most of the planet at risk of death.  What that risk is is largely unclear, but I’ve seen trailers that have people falling off buildings—or possibly jumping off—so I don’t think it’s global warming.

Naturally, anyone who’s been following the slow demise of M. Night’s alleged career has been watching each movie he comes out with get progressively worse as time goes by.  Oh, sure, we all loved The Sixth Sense, and Unbreakable was pretty good.  Not to mention Signs, which was also at least passable but then you get to The Village.  And from there, Lady In The Water.  We’re not even going to talk about Wide Awake.

Thus, The Happening will be one of two things—for you optimists, it’s going to be a huge surprise that blows us all away and makes us believe in the skill of twistmaster Shyamalan again.

Meanwhile, the pessimists are calling it a huge waste of time that blows goats for crack and makes us believe that twistmaster Shyamalan should be deported for war crimes.

And will Zooey Deschanel, newfound terror hottie, make it out intact?  We’ll find out this weekend!