“The rules are simple, just pick your favorite horror film for each day! However, you can’t pick the same horror film more [than] once. So once you pick say THE EXORCIST for your favorite horror film involving the powers of Hell, you can’t [pick] it again for any other day [whatsoever,] including favorite horror film.”

Source: Dollar Bin Horror

Day 27 – Your favorite guilty pleasure
Film: Signs (2002) – dir. M. Night Shyamalan

If I get any comments saying this isn’t a horror film, I’m deleting them (not really).  Signs is another one of my favorite films, let alone a horror favorite.  Though no one else on this planet may think Signs belongs on a 30-day horror challenge, this film did, and continues to, scare the hell out of me.  Signs alone is the reason I always travel to the theatre to see films that M. Night Shyamalan directs (Avatar: The Last Airbender being the exception to the rule).  Yes, I am continuously disappointed, but that’s beside the point.

Signs had me scared even after I left the theatre, much to the amusement of my closest friends who enjoyed screwing with me.  The first couple times the aliens are revealed are images that are forever chiseled into my memory.  The sheer horror I felt when the little kids at the party in Brazil cleared the window is a feeling that has never been replicated.  I’m not afraid to admit I adore Signs, and it is my favorite alien-related movie of all-time.  I was even able to handle the strong religious message in the movie, which says a lot about the writing and direction of Shyamalan.  I won’t recommend Signs to anyone because so many people hate the movie.  That’s fine, though, because I want Signs all to myself anyway.

Branden Chowen
Editor-in-Chief at Cinefessions
Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn't until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor's and master's degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.