“The Fear of Losing Faith: On M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs”

Friend of the Gutter Leslie Hatton writes about Signs at Vague Visages. “In 2002, after having watched multiple seasons of The X-Files, I felt secure in the certainty that I was not afraid of aliens. Thus, walking into the theater to watch M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs elicited no apprehension. About 13 minutes into the film, when a humanoid figure appears on the roof of a farmhouse, I felt immediately terrified, a feeling which only increased throughout the movie. As a result, I avoided watching it again until a few days ago. Does Signs hold up after all these years? Does it still have the power to evoke terror?”

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