Welcome to Adventures in B-Movie Land, the monthly column where I take a look at some of the strangest, cheapest and worst films ever made ... and explore why you have to see them. Look for new entries during the second week of every month.

The Motion Picture:

'The Happening' (2008), Dir. M. Night Shyamalan

Also Known As:

The first big nail in the career coffin of M. Night Shyamalan.

Featuring the Talented:

Mark Wahlberg as the overly earnest high school teacher, Zooey Deschanel as his consistently baffled wife, John Leguizamo as the mumbly, statistics-spouting best friend, and the wind. Lots and lots of wind.

What Is It?

One of the most ridiculed movies of the '00s and one of the more jaw-droppingly awful studio productions of recent years, filled with baffling directorial choices and performances by actors who look like deer trapped in the headlights. After the initial critical onslaught, Shyamalan went on a feverish interview tour, claiming "...it's a B-movie. This is the best B-movie you will ever see, that's it." But is it really a B-movie? Or is it just a bad film?
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