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Old Apr 5, 2009, 08:19 AM   #1
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22009 Saturn Award Nominees: Best Horror Film

well people, its that time of year again, where the geeks and freaks in Hollywood and across the old US of A polish off their wire rims and vote for the Best in .....well, everything Science Fiction. Kind of like a nerdy Oscars, if you will. What's your vote? seen em? What do you think of said films? Vote and discuss!



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Old Apr 5, 2009, 09:27 AM   #2
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Re: 22009 Saturn Award Nominees: Best Horror Film

Well, this has been a pretty appalling year for horror. Er...Hellboy 2, I guess, but I really didn't like it.
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Old Apr 5, 2009, 11:16 AM   #3
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Re: 22009 Saturn Award Nominees: Best Horror Film

I agree with Nexus. Also, I haven't seen either os said films. The colouring on the poster for The Strangers looks pretty comfortable though.
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Old Apr 5, 2009, 01:18 PM   #4
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Re: 22009 Saturn Award Nominees: Best Horror Film

What the hell is The Happening doing there?! That movie sucked in all kinds of ways!
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Old Apr 6, 2009, 03:35 AM   #5
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Re: 22009 Saturn Award Nominees: Best Horror Film

i know. ii liked the happening, but I wouldnt classify it as "horror" per se. apparently anyone can sign up to join the Saturn Movie Nomination committe, so long as you pay, and are active. To me, this makes the categories more relative, and not quite as stringent as I'd like to see them. This is most evident in the thread where "The Closer" - which is a crime drama- appears. Nothing at all to do with Science Fiction!
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Old Apr 7, 2009, 02:34 PM   #6
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Re: 22009 Saturn Award Nominees: Best Horror Film

Seriously?

Ok my vote is officially for hire, for any movie BUT the Happening. Either that or I have to vote for The Strangers
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Old Apr 8, 2009, 07:52 PM   #7
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Re: 22009 Saturn Award Nominees: Best Horror Film

why didnt you guys like The Happening? I didnt like Thomas Jane (or was it Timothy Hutton or Tim Robbins) in the part, and I did think that it was more ...bland and less meaningful than Shyalaman's other works - but other than that, it was a good flick.

So hit me with it. What's not to like?
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Old Apr 8, 2009, 10:28 PM   #8
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The premise is simply stupid, as with every other recent Shyamalan movie, actually.

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Trees. Trees are what is causing everyone to kill themselves in M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening. I can reveal this to you with no ill effects on my miserable, shriveled conscience because nothing can alter the Official Enjoyment Level derived from this film, which will remain at a pleasantly constant zero.

I knew going in that this movie was about killer trees, yet somehow I still had high hopes. I mean, it could be cool, couldn't it? Maybe a Hitchcock-esque "The Trees," wherein bloodthirsty sycamores swoop from the heavens and gouge out the eyeballs of their unsuspecting victims. Heck, even those who don't appreciate the true horror of a coniferous forest can acknowledge that mass suicide could be pretty damn scary.

Or so you'd think. Maybe it would have been better if Shyamalan had made his explanation for Treemageddon more believable than "there is a SINGLE CHEMICAL in your brain that keeps human beings from shoving the nearest garden implement into their eye sockets, and the EVIL TREE GAS turns it off." As it stands, though, large groups of bored-looking people finding increasingly creative ways to off themselves proves to be more comical than scary. Maybe I'm a horrible person for cackling like a schizophrenic when a quartet of New England commuters played Pass the Handgun, or for giggling spastically when a man skipped into an zoo enclosure housing the critically endangered Bad CGI Lion, but the rest of the packed audience seemed toWhat this movie actually consisted of. share in my mirth. Yes, there's gore, but from the start it's tedious instead of shocking, calling to mind more images of Hot Fuzz than Nightmare on Elm Street.

There's also plenty of bad to go around in The Happening that is not tree-related. For one, the dialog is almost unimaginably atrocious. I don't know what planet M. Night Shyamalan is from, but people on this side of the asteroid belt do not casually remark such things as "THIS IS ALL SOME WEIRD EVENT!" while everyone is dying in droves. The acting is terrible as well, although I suppose one can't blame it on the actors, considering the spaceman-talk they had to work with. Wait, let me blame one: I never want to stare into Zooey "What. Kind of. Terrorists." Deschanel's glazed cataracts of the living dead ever again. Yes sweetie, I know you don't have the best of scripts to work with here, but that doesn't mean you have to deliver every line like William Shatner after an oak to the frontal lobe. The combination of bad writing and bad acting is so overpowering that it is literally impossible to tell when a character's creepy behavior is due to "evil tree-based neurotoxins" or "being in an M. Night Shyamalan movie."

In case you weren't annoyed enough, the film also enjoys beating you over the head with nonsensical environmentalism. "See, SEE?? Reduce your carbon footprint OR MAYBE THE TREES WILL MURDER YOU." Yet I noticed that the only places the A DANGER TO THE FREE WORLDS.trees attack are those which utilize nuclear power. Now correct me if I've caught The Stupid from this movie, but isn't nuclear power supposed to be really, really clean? Is Shyamalan trying to employ some sort of bizarre reverse-psychology on his audience? Does he really want us to burn down a forest, dancing among the cheerful carbon fumes? I kind of want to lock myself in a garage and leave the car running right now, so maybe it's worked!

But what I found to be the worst thing about The Happening -even worse than its dumb-tarded plot or all of the soulless blue eyes in Arya- is that there is no plot twist. The fact that "it's trees!" is revealed about a third of the way through the movie, and even before that, it's implied enough that I nearly drowned in chlorophyll. Remember the creepily subtle blood-colored doorknob in The Sixth Sense? It's been replaced by a hot dog-obsessed psychopath ranting about petunias, juxtaposed with approximately sixteen billion close-ups from the Evil Leaf-Billowing Cam. I kept waiting for something unexpected to happen, but it's true: M. Night "WHAT A TWIST" Shyamalan has officially made glue out of his one-trick pony. Worse still, it looks like he's huffing it from the director's chair.
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Old Apr 9, 2009, 06:52 AM   #9
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I've not seen it but I kinda want to, because the reviews made it sound so terrible it's funny. From IMDb's FAQ page:

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After the large scale disaster of 2006's Lady in the Water, The Happening isn't the worst received film on Shaymalan's resumé, but it's certainly up there. Rotten Tomatoes scores it with a fairly low 19% approval rating from critics, and Metacritic averages out that the mean score from critics is 34/100, denoting a fairly negative feedback. Critical quotes: Of Fox's two summer creepshows, give the edge to The Happening, partly because M. Night Shyamalan really understands fear, partly because this time he's completely let himself go (hence the R rating), and partly because after Lady in the Water he had something to prove. - Stephen King, 2008

"It almost dares you to roll your eyes or laugh at certain scenes that are supposed to be deadly serious. But, you know what, I appreciated this creatively offbeat, daring sci-fi mind-trip." - Richard Roeper, 2008

"This film is so bad that I feel compelled to make a spoiler-laden list of its most laughably terrible parts rather than review it. M. Night Shyamalan's latest movie, The Happening, is not merely bad. It is an astonishment, so idiotic in conception and inept in execution that, after seeing it, one almost wonders whether it was real or imagined." - Christopher Orr, The New Republic, 2008

"If Shyamalan wanted to commit career suicide he couldn't have chosen a more likely vehicle than this laugh inducing 'thriller.'" - Richard Knight, Jr., Windy City Times

"...more scary than silly."- Efilmcritic, 2008

"A disaster, representing a number of negative firsts for Shyamalan."- Ryan Stewart, 2008

"You feel like you're not watching the end of the world but the end of a career."- Boston Globe, 2008

"Being risibly bad, The Happening is at least worth a laugh."- Rick Groen

"A movie that I find oddly touching. It is no doubt too thoughtful for the summer action season, but I appreciate the quietly realistic way Shyamalan finds to tell a story about the possible death of man."- Roger Ebert, 2008

"In short, this is a Shyamalan movie minus the bravado."- Justin Chang, 2008

"It's an entertaining movie."- Mick La Salle, 2008

"The Happening is a movie to walk out of, sleep through, or - best of all - not to bother with. "-James Berardinelli, 2008

"A disappointingly slight offering from a filmmaker that we know is capable of so much more. Shyamalan says that The Happening was his easiest film to shoot. Sadly, it shows."- Empire Magazine, 2008

"If what audiences are looking for is a thrill ride, or even a pervasive eeriness, The Happening's just not happening."- NPR, 2008

"An unapologetic B-movie. "- William Arnold, 2008

"...divertingly goofy thriller with an animistic bent, moments of shivery and twitchy suspense and a solid lead performance from Mark Wahlberg."- The New York Times, 2008

"Wahlberg turns in one of his worst performances ever"- Chicago Reader, 2008

"The Happening makes you wonder whether Mr. Shyamalan's own switch may have been flipped. How else to explain his film's befuddling infelicities, insistent banalities, shambling pace and pervasive ineptitude? "- Wall Street Journal, 2008

I also want to see it because certain dialogue and sequences have become popular internet memes, like Uwe Boll movies, so I'd like to experience those scenes in the context of the film:

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