Ashlyn Sanchez, John Leguizamo and Mark Wahlberg in 20th Century Fox's The Happening.
During all the excitement in the first installment of the Trailer Park, I forgot to include another picture that will be hitting the screens this Friday.
After being the man with a seemingly golden touch, M. Night Shyamalan is looking to rebound from his dismal last box office outing.
In four films, "The Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable," "Signs," and "The Village," Shyamalan showed himself to be not only a good director and screenwriter, but also a profit machine. With those films, his average budget was approximately $64 million. The more important number for Hollywood insiders was his profit margin. His four films averaged a worldwide box office of $354 million per film. Not too bad.
Then along came "The Lady in the Water". Ouch.
"Lady" pulled in $72.8 million worldwide, which fell well short of the combined $75 million budget and marketing costs.
Shyamalan's recent flick is the thriller "The Happening" starring Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel and John Leguizamo.
I'll admit; I wasn't too enthusiastic about watching this trailer. My philosophy is if there is not much hype, the movie probably stinks. This might be the exception.
I actually had goosebumps while watching the trailer. I watched the regular and two red band trailers and it looks interesting. There's a great feel of just plain creepiness, even though you're not too sure what's going on.
The story revolves around something that is attacking people throughout the country. Is it through the air? Is it through the water? It's not sure from the trailer and what I've read and seen with Shyamalan, the movie itself might not reveal its nature.
You see the three stages of the disease throughout the trailer, with the most disturbing images of people plummeting from rooftops. The one scene of the trailer that got a chuckle from me is when it shows two old ladies knitting -- while wearing gas masks.
Wahlberg is one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. From his strong performance in the movie "Fear," he's shown he's got the goods. Leguizamo is always a pleasant surprise in dramatic roles. The only cause for concern for me is Deschanel. She was wonderful in "Elf," but that film catered to her quirkiness. She doesn't do much to dispel my concerns in the trailer.
Shyamalan describes the flick as a "90 minute paranoia movie, where you come out tattooed with this experience. You just come out shaking." He hopes that people feel like they felt when the watched "The Birds" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."
"Happening" is Shyamalan's first flick that's rated R. The R rating is for violent and disturbing images.
Final Cut: The trailer gets the blood pumping and sends a chill up your spin. Hopefully the final product will deliver on the promise of the trailer. A debut on Friday the 13th won't hurt its opening weekend.