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The Happening Revisited Through the Lens of a Pandemic

The Happening Revisited Through the Lens of a Pandemic

When the pandemic hit it was Steven Soderberg’s Contagion rather than M Night Shyamalan’s The Happening that people wanted to revisit. Perhaps Mark Wahlberg running away from the wind wasn’t the vibe people were looking for. Revisiting this much maligned but secretly wonderful curio in light of where we are in the world now, though, throws up some interesting parallels. The big difference between the way the characters in The Happening dealt with their pandemic and what’s going on in the world now is lockdown. What the characters battling the airborne infection in The Happening should have done is self isolate….

M Night Shyamalan’s eco-horror was released in 2008 after his declining run of hits, which began with The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs (pretty well liked), The Village (opinion is divided) and The Lady in the Water (bad).

Perhaps because of Night’s rise and fall,

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