Twist Ending: Plants are trying to kill us with a suicide inducing toxin.
I know it is the job of horror to take everyday things and infuse them with terror (think clowns and Chucky), but some things just don’t fit the bill and that includes the deer of Ring 2 and plants in the Happening. Unless it looks something like Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors, I’m not all that threatened by garden greenery. Add to this that the rules of infection keep changing, going from groups of people triggering the toxin to individuals, and you have a frustrating film that even Mark Wahlberg can’t save.
Twist Ending: I have no idea.
Lady in the Water was Shymamalan’s last ditch effort to bring back the forgotten art of storytelling by mixing the fantastical with the mundane. What we get instead is a slow paced film where the tale of the narf Story (metaphor anyone?) and her struggle to return to her world is so dense that it interferes with any potential thrills. The only thing worthwhile in this film is seeing Freddy Rodriquez of Planet Terror with a monstrously muscled right arm.
Twist Ending: The monsters in the woods were made up by a bunch of grief-stricken hippies who founded the Village to escape from the outside world and its dangers.
The Village succeeds as a creepy horror film right up until the disappointing twist. The elders of the Village send a blind girl into the modern world beyond the forest for medicine to save her beloved. She has to go Red Riding style against the monstrous creatures that live in the woods, but Shymamalan cripples the suspense with the realization that the monsters aren’t real. So the bogeymen the elders used to keep the villagers under control don’t exist? That’s almost as bad as the whole movie being a dream (see Boxing Helena).
Twist Ending: The aliens who have invaded our planet are allergic to water.
I will admit this film had its moments, particularly the ones that feature Joaquin Phoenix in a tin foil hat, but those moments aren’t enough to justify the anti-climactic twist. After boarding up the house, having their last meal and hiding in the basement, the Hess family goes head to head with a pasty, gray-skinned alien. Their secret weapon? Countless glasses of water the youngest child has left all over the house. The ending is lame and defies logic, which aliens are rumored to be known for, being a more evolved race and all. Why the heck would they try to invade a planet mostly covered in stuff that can kill them? This movie’s twist is essentially a re-hash of War of the Worlds, where invading aliens die from lack of immunity to everyday germs.