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By Alison Willmore

For the many ill-wishers out there, the most disappointing thing about M. Night Shyamalan's environmental thriller "The Happening" wasn't that it was a failure, but that it wasn't a spectacular failure. Critics went in with their long knives out, only to leave shrugging that they've seen worse. Having made $59 million in theaters, it's not even the box office bomb some expected after "Lady in the Water." All in all, "The Happening" is actually pretty successful, considering it's a serious horror film about trees... that kill! In honor of that dubious designation, here's a look at the spotty history of films about murderous botanic life that have preceded it.

Killer tomatoes

Film: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978)

Directed by John De Bello

M.O.: Produce that, for no apparent reason, become massive and murderous.

De Bello's broad comedy mocked B-movie conventions while bearing its reported $90,000 budget like a badge of honor.
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'Killer Tomatoes' ripe for redo

'Killer Tomatoes' ripe for redo
NEW YORK -- Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! will be attacking theaters again.

Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine, creators of the hit Web series "Ask a Ninja", are writing the adaptation of the 1978 cult monster movie, with Nichols set to make his directorial debut.

M. Dal Walton III, the force behind the remakes of Day of the Dead and Terror Train, acquired the rights from Killer Tomato Entertainment and will produce. Emmett/Furla Films will co-produce.

" 'Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!' is the masterwork of a generation," Nichols said. "We can only aspire to recapture that magic." No changes to the original plot have been revealed, but it still is expected to revolve around killer tomatoes.

Nichols and Sarine's satirical "Ninja" shorts have garnered more than 80 million Web views and won best series at the 2006 YouTube Video Awards. Their "Ninja" commentator has appeared on National Public Radio and VH1's Best Week Ever.

The original Tomatoes spawned the Fox Kids Network's "ATV" cartoon series and the feature sequel Return of the Killer Tomatoes, which helped launch George Clooney's career.

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