The Happening is a 2008 psychological horror-thriller film written, co-produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo and Betty Buckley. The film follows a man, his wife, his best friend and his friend’s daughter as they try to escape from an inexplicable natural disaster.
Shyamalan told the New York Daily News: “We’re making an excellent B movie, that’s our goal”. Some critics enjoyed it because of this. Glenn Whipp said, “Tamping down the self-seriousness in favor of some horrific silliness, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening plays as a genuinely enjoyable B-movie for anyone inclined (or able) to see it that way”.
Joseph J. Foy, professor of politics and popular culture, describes Shyamalan’s film as an expression of “post-environmentalism” in which traditional paradigmatic politics are replaced with a call for the world to “embrace a revolutionary reevaluation of wealth and prosperity not in terms of monetary net worth or material possessions, but in terms of overall well-being”. (wiki)
Anon is a 2018 British science fiction thriller film directed and written by Andrew Niccol and financed by Sky Cinema Original Films. The film stars Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried. The plot follows a troubled detective in a futuristic world where privacy and anonymity no longer exist, who comes across a young woman that has evaded the government’s transparency system. The film was released internationally as an “Original Film” on the streaming service Netflix on 4 May 2018.
spacetime coordinates: 1990’s Buffalora, little town in the north of ItalyCemetery Man (Italian: Dellamorte Dellamore) is a 1994 comedy horror film directed by Michele Soavi and starring Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro and Anna Falchi. It was written and produced by Gianni Romoli and Michele Soavi and based on a 1991 novel by Tiziano Sclavi. Sclavi is also the author of the comic Dylan Dog, which covers similar themes and whose protagonist is a Rupert Everett lookalike. Everett plays a beleaguered caretaker of a small Italian cemetery, who searches for love while defending himself from dead people who keep rising again. It is an international co-production between Italy, France, and Germany.
ignis fatuus (will-o’-the-wisp ) Medieval Latin for “foolish fire”) is an atmospheric ghost light seen by travellers at night, especially over bogs, swamps, or marshes. It resembles a flickering lamp and is said to recede if approached, drawing travellers from the safe paths. The phenomenon is known by a variety of names, including jack-o’-lantern, friar’s lantern, hinkypunk, and hobby lantern in English folk belief, and is well attested in English folklore and in much of European folklore. (read more)
spacetime coordinates: 2010 Los Angeles // rural Laos in Southeast Asia
Beyond Skyline is an 2017 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Liam O’Donnell and stars Frank Grillo, Bojana Novakovic, Iko Uwais, Callan Mulvey, Yayan Ruhian, Betty Gabriel and Antonio Fargas. It is the direct sequel to the 2010’s Skyline.
“A tough-as-nails detective embarks on a relentless pursuit to free his son from a nightmarish alien warship.”
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Escape Plan is a 2013 American action thriller film directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström. The first film to pair up action film icons Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger as co-leads.
Singularity began as a low-budget sci-fi film called Aurora, which was shot in 2013 in the Czech Republic and Switzerland. John Cusack was not involved in the original shoot. Years later, scenes with Cusack were shot and inserted into the new production, and extensive CGI effects were used to tie the new material to the original film.
spacetime coordinates: Germany. 57 years after aliens took over Planet Earth
Invasion: S.U.M.1 is a 2017 English-language German science fiction film starring Iwan Rheon and André Hennicke, written and directed by Christian Pasquariello. The film follows Private S.U.M.1, a soldier living in a post-apocalyptic Earth. He is serving on a hundred-day mission outside Exilium, the highly fortified compound housing the human survivors of an alien invasion. S.U.M.1 is assigned to an outpost to monitor and secure a remote bunker which is part of a defense circle surrounding the compound.