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The Happening honest trailer

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Shortly before the release of M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film, The Visit, Screen Junkies takes a look back at one of the director’s most maligned films, The Happening. And the 2008 misfire is as excruciatingly awkward and bizarre as you remember.

As the Honest Trailer treatment showcases, The Happening may have been one of the funniest movies of ’08, but its story of a happening happening until it’s not happening was actually meant to be scary. Watch the trailer above to revisit the film’s twistless plot, the only expression Mark Wahlberg uses for the entire film, and it’s nonsequiturs involving random singing and “lemon drink.” 

Though fair warning — the trailer might leave you with more questions than the actual film did.

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