2 Aug 2002
M. Night Shyamalan
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
This really is such a great movie that only gets better the more you watch it. If you can’t get passed the water thing, which isn’t even a plot hole, than that sucks for you because you’re missing out.
The crop circles are real as M. Night Shyamalan doesn’t particularly like using CGI.
The artwork in the book about extraterrestrials was actually done by Saleka Shyamalan, director M. Night Shyamalan’s daughter.
To make the corn grow faster
The production used a new watering technique to make the corn grow faster which the Delaware Valley agricultural college was then very keen to adopt for themselves.
What does the title mean?
Some viewers see the crops circles as the ‘signs’ that aliens are coming. However, the major point of the movie is not about an alien invasion but about the idea of coincidences and seeing signs from them. Graham sums up the point of the movie when he tells his brother Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix), ‘People break down into two groups when they experience something lucky. Group 1 sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence that there is someone up there watching out for them. Group 2 sees it as just pure luck, a happy turn of chance. I’m sure that people in group 2 are looking at those 14 lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation is a 50/50…could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that, whatever happens, they’re on their own, and that fills them with fear…But there’s a whole lot of people in group 1. When they see those 14 lights, they’re looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that, whatever’s going to happen, there will be someone there to help them, and that fills them with hope. What you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs…sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky?‘ Director M. Night Shyamalan verifies that on a DVD behind-the-scenes featurette when he says: ‘Sure, people can say that the title ‘Signs’ stood for the crop circles, but the main theme and premise of the film consists of Graham’s call back to his duty and family through signs. The signs are from God‘.
No reaction to hearing their dog…
…getting killed? When the aliens are closing in, they can hear Isabelle barking outside. Then we hear her whimpering as she is obviously being killed. They all just stand there, completely calm and expressionless as they listen. They didn’t even seem shocked until they heard the alien moving in closer afterwards. I get that they are scared, but I’d be freaking out if I knew my dog was being killed right outside. Actually, I probably would have made sure to bring her inside in the first place.
While I agree hearing your dog getting killed would be upsetting, at that point they were more worried about themselves being killed
Influences for this film.
Director M. Night Shyamalan cites The Birds (1963), Night of the Living Dead (1968), and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) as the influences for this film.
Hiding in Basement
The Hess family hides in the basement, which Graham Hess says was once used for coal storage. In H.G. Wells’s “The War of the Worlds”, the main character hides from the aliens in a coal shed.
According to M. Night Shyamalan(casting of Mel Gibson)
- Night ShyamalanwantedMel Gibson because he’s “the guy you believe would protect his family at all costs.”
According to M. Night Shyamalan(movie meanings)
According to M. Night Shyamalan the movie’s title has two meanings. “One is the crop signs but it is also about faith and the existence of signs from above.
Point of view
The film grew out of M. Night Shyamalan’s idea to show an alien invasion from the point of view of one family.
Merrill vs Alien
I always love the scene when Merrill (who was as afraid as any of them) takes on the alien one-on-one with a bat. Even after everyone else flees the house, Merrill continues to battle the alien. Great scene!
THIS should be required watching for film school
It’s such a good movie. The mood, tone of it. The angles , the editing. It doesn’t rely on CGI. No explosions. He (M. Night) understands how to get the most out of a scene. It was casted well I thought too.
Definitely agree. It’s a brilliant film.
Maybe you can explain to me how a pantry door is able to stop the aliens or why they would invade a planet that is 70% water when water kills them?
And for the record I wanted to slap both of those kids, they were so freaking annoying
Well we didn’t really see any super strength from the Aliens. Maybe a door could keep them out easily as u or me. As far as the water..maybe even with the danger of water , which they tried to avoid with the crop circles I’m thinking that marked where they are less likely to encounter water i.e. Rural areas ..farmland etc. , maybe other planets didn’t provide enough oxygen like earth? That would make sense seeing as they seemed to be able to breath fine with no helmet or anything
I’m not buying that they are capable of interstellar travel yet can’t get through a pantry door, why didn’t they bring any weapons? And shouldn’t they have done a little research and known that the planet is covered by oceans? Plus there is water vapor in the air they would have died almost immediately.
This was most definitely the dumbest alien invasion ever.
It was never established that vapor is enough to hurt them. Why do we assume they have advanced weapons ? Just because they can travel through space , one thing has nothing to do with the other. Maybe it did kick the door down we just didn’t see. The aliens didn’t seem all that capable in battle being that Merrill beat one down with that bat. It didn’t even do anything but stand there and get hit.
RT/Meta Critic Review
The work of a born filmmaker, able to summon apprehension out of thin air.(Click here to see)