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Title: Sense of Dread
Post by: Wags on April 26, 2010, 08:21:31 PM
Hello everyone, this came to mind earlier today, and hopefully it makes sense:

So, I was thinking about movies today.  And a lot of times when I watch movies, I always find myself thinking to myself, "There's no way the main characters are gonna die."   I mean, no matter what situation they get into, I never really believe they might actually die in the movie.  And this got me to think about Signs.  When I first saw Signs, I was on the edge of my seat, not sure whether or not the Hess family was going to make it out of the invasion ok.

So, what I'm trying to say/ask is this: what is it about this movie that made me unsure of the well-being of the family?  What gives the movie that feeling of uncertainty?

Or, to a lesser extent, did anyone else feel this way when they saw Signs?
Title: Re: Sense of Dread
Post by: Erik on April 27, 2010, 05:05:12 AM
Hollywood does.
Hollywood is found of a good ending.
Title: Re: Sense of Dread
Post by: mamasan on April 27, 2010, 06:50:15 PM
Hello everyone, this came to mind earlier today, and hopefully it makes sense:

So, I was thinking about movies today.  And a lot of times when I watch movies, I always find myself thinking to myself, "There's no way the main characters are gonna die."   I mean, no matter what situation they get into, I never really believe they might actually die in the movie.  And this got me to think about Signs.  When I first saw Signs, I was on the edge of my seat, not sure whether or not the Hess family was going to make it out of the invasion ok.

So, what I'm trying to say/ask is this: what is it about this movie that made me unsure of the well-being of the family?  What gives the movie that feeling of uncertainty?

Or, to a lesser extent, did anyone else feel this way when they saw Signs?


Actually, when I watched Signs I thought the aliens were going to kill ME! So I was on the edge of my seat with my arms and legs tucked in.  :)

There was tension throughout the movie that suggested *someone* was going to die. I think the fact that the mom already had suffered a violent death contributed to the notion that the family wasn't safe and secure. I didn't think of this consciously at the time, but in retrospect I think I expected either Merrill or Graham to bite the big one. Graham was angry with life and unable to cope; and Merrill was the "extra" character (not a regular member of the family), so they both sort of had targets on their back. (Merrill was kind of like the non-regular-cast-member on a "Star Trek" 'away team'; you just know that if someone is going to bite the big one, it's going to be the guy who isn't normally part of the team. :) ) 

I never felt the kids were in danger. It didn't feel like part of the plot. Despite the boy's asthma, the kids were well cared for and protected. They were the source of the more comic moments and didn't have character traits that suggested darker elements, as Graham did. 

It was a fun movie. I thought it was the scariest of all of MNS's flicks.




Title: Re: Sense of Dread
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on November 08, 2010, 09:46:44 AM
Shyamalan actually isn't afraid to have main characters take damage in his movies-from the sixth sense and malcolm actually being dead, to unbreakable with one of the main characters actually being a villain.  Shyamalan goes where the story takes him, and sometimes the main characters don't make it through.