I have to get ready for work so I'd like to elaborate later... but I just watched THE HAPPENING, thought it was very good, though I seem to be in a minority about this fine director, whom I call "The Savior of Modern Horror". I just am baffled by the disinterest and dismissal, and sometimes outright bashing of Shyamalan, especially when it often comes from seasoned purists like many of us 'old-timers' here!
For me, this lack of appreciation is an enigma. Here we have a time where new genre films are so lousy and all-explosions, all-CGI, mind-numbing actionfests, with little to no imagination and tension .. and then we get a guy like Shyamalan who is more "old school" like so many of us, offering up "Twilight Zone-ish" scenarios that make you think... simple, but effective.. not overkill ... scary and intense... and they're not appreciated. Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, of course, but I'm just sincerely saying I don't understand how M. Night seems to be making "our kind of horror movies", and yet so few appreciate them. Please help me see where you're coming from.
I haven't seen LADY IN THE WATER, but I saw and loved THE SIXTH SENSE and SIGNS .and now THE HAPPENING .. I thought THE VILLAGE was "decent", not horrid.