It's called The Happening, and it's a movie with apocalyptic themes. That's about all that can be confirmed regarding the plot of M. Night Shyamalan's new film . . . Well, that, and the fact that it will be rated R.
The India-born director has been outspoken in ensuring his potential audience that The Happening is a return to form. Whether or not he deliberately aimed for the R rating, apparently the film deserves it.
"[The Happening] is going to scare the crap out of audiences," says Shyamalan. "You are going to get traumatized."
Most are familiar with his previous efforts -- The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, and Lady in the Water. Since The Sixth Sense established Shyamalan's name and became a huge commercial success, his subsequent films have veered away from the horror genre. Instead, movies like Signs and The Village dealt with issues of faith and family relationships, albeit with a handful of scares thrown in.
Maybe it's all a marketing stunt. That remains to be seen. But one has to wonder, is this sort of movie what Shyamalan wants to be making, or is he just trying to make a comeback after the poorly reviewed financial disaster that was Lady in the Water?