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The Happening

Something strange is happening in the eastern United Sates. It appears that a deadly plague is sweeping across the country. Although they can't quite get a grasp on how devastating this problem may be, Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg) and his wife (Zooey Deschanel) flee their home in a desperate race to outpace the mysterious epidemic. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: D
Sexual Content: A-
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Theater Release: 12 Jun 2008
Video Release: 07 Oct 2008
MPAA Rating: R
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How We Determine Our Grades

M. Night Shyamalan, the writer and director of this film, has helmed several other films in the suspense thriller/supernatural genre. These include: The Sixth Sense, The Village, Lady in the Water and Signs. In the movie The Invasion, something mysterious is infecting people and turning them into zombie-like creatures.

Home Video Extra Features

The Happening happens on with a making-of documentary (Visions of The Happening), four featurettes (covering everything from a day-in-the-life of Night to special effects), deleted scenes (with introductions from writer/director M. Night Shyamalan) and a gag reel.

The Happening is also available on Blu-ray Disc. This version offers all of the above mentioned extras, plus a digital copy of the movie, and more featurettes.

Audio tracks are provided in 5.1 Dolby Surround (English) and Dolby Surround (Spanish and French), with subtitles in English, Spanish and French.

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