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The Happening: Best B-Movie Ever?

By Wyatt Earp | June 18, 2008

Apparently, that’s what director M. Night Shyamalan is claiming.

No. 1, it’s a B movie. This is the best B movie you will ever see, that’s it. That’s what this is. If there’s other things that stick to your ribs as you walk out, that’s great, but it’s supposed to be, you know, zombies eating flesh. (CNN)

Um, ex-squeeze me, but I think that title belongs to a little film called “Escape from New York.” In fact, I am sure that my readership could name at least a dozen B-movies better than this debacle. Aaaaannnnnd . . . GO!

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14 Responses to “The Happening: Best B-Movie Ever?”

  1. John D Says:
    June 18th, 2008 at 12:26 am

    I haven’t seen The Happening yet, so I’m in no position to say where it fits in the B-movie. EFNY is definitely one of the best B-movies. As is Night of the Living Dead. They Live! (another John Carpenter flick) has a place there too.

  2. John D Says:
    June 18th, 2008 at 12:28 am

    BTW, that should read “fits in the B-movie pantheon.” I’m a bit brain dead tonight.

  3. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 18th, 2008 at 12:29 am

    John D - I obviously haven’t seen it yet, either, but you get my point. It’s a big deal to say it’s the best B-movie ever. And yes, They Live is terrific!

  4. B.C. Says:
    June 18th, 2008 at 12:32 am

    If it’s an Em Knight Shamalamallama movie, “Escape From Witch Mountain” would be better. Hell, they just don’t make movies like “The Legend of Boggy Creek”, “Motel Hello” and “Terror Train” anymore…. *sniff*

  5. Ky Person Says:
    June 18th, 2008 at 8:27 am

    I love any 1950’s movie with big bugs in it. The Incredible Shrinking Man is an especially good one, but so is Taratula, The Deadly Mantis, Them, Attack of the Crab Monsters. Ah memories.

    But the creme de la creme of B movies are anything that Ray Harryhausen does the effects for. Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, and especially Jason and the Argonauts.
    Masterpieces - all of them them.

  6. RFTR Says:
    June 18th, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Um. If you haven’t seen it, Wyatt, then how do you know it’s a debacle?

  7. USA_Admiral Says:
    June 18th, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    We will see.

  8. leoni2 Says:
    June 18th, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    It’s a B film? All I’d been hearing about it is that it’s his first R rated film. Not one word about it being a B film.

  9. Trixie Says:
    June 18th, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Best B movie ever? Big Trouble in Little China.

    Even though I’ve seen it like a million times, I still get sucked into it every time it’s on.

  10. RFTR Says:
    June 18th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Also, I prefer So I Married An Axe Murderer…

  11. RT Says:
    June 18th, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Chopping Mall!

  12. deadcenter Says:
    June 18th, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    The Road Warrior

  13. RT Says:
    June 18th, 2008 at 11:56 pm


    Fall of the House of Usher

  14. Stu Says:
    September 2nd, 2008 at 9:01 am

    I just watched it. Yes, this IS definitely a B-Movie. The script, the acting. The dialogue. My God. After watching Wahlberg in The Departed then seeing this effort by him, there is ZERO chance that this was not done deliberately.

    Those people saying this is a terrible movie have missed that it’s a spoof all along. You really need to watch it a second time to pickup on the overall carefully crafted lameness being captured on film.