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Alien-Related Movie Trivia and Facts , ‘Signs’ (2002) Part II

Last Updated on November 30, 2020 by admin

What did production ask James Newton Howard (the composer) for “Signs” to do? He was asked to pay homage to classic film scores that followed the same genre, like Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Psycho (1960). If you take notice, the opening music and main three-note motif is quite similar to both the themes heard in “Psycho” and “The Twilight Zone”.

The stories of the children’s birth mirrored those of children of director and writer, M. Night Shyamalan.

When the Hess family are hiding from the unknown, they chose the basement , a place that Graham Hess states was once used for storing coal. In the H.G. Wells tale, “The War of the Worlds,” the main character hides from the aliens by slipping into the coal shed.

Johnny Depp was originally pursued to play a role in the film.

Ironically, when Joaquin Phoenix is looking at a poster at an enrollment office for the military, he is looking at a movie poster of a film that he was a part of “Buffalo Soldiers” (2001).

Since M. Night Shyamalan doesn’t like to use special graphics, the crop circles seen in the movie are authentic.

When it comes to the movies of the past that influenced M. Night Shyamalan to write and direct “Signs,” it was “The Birds” (1963), “Night of the Living Dead” (1968), and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1956) that served as inspiration.

In the scene where M. Night Shyamalan speaks to Hess about the death of his wife, the scene was shot one day after a member of his family had passed away.

Awards and Nominations for “Signs”

At the ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, James Newton Howard won the ASCAP Award  for Top Box Office Films.

At the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, “Signs” won a Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film.

Germany holds the Bogey Awards, which gave the movie a Bogey Award.

At the Bram Stoker Awards, M. Night Shyamalan was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award Screenplay.

At the Empire Awards, the movie was nominated for an award for Best Director, which went to M. Night Shyamalan.

At the Golden Trailer Awards, “Signs” was nominated for a Golden Trailer in the categories of Best Drama and Best Horror/Thriller.

At the Online Film Critics Society Awards, the movie was nominated for an OFCS Award for Best Original Score (James Newton Howard). Other nominations went to M. Night Shyamalan for Best Original Screenplay and Richard King for Best Sound.

At the  Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards, Abigail Breslin was nominated for PFCS Award Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role in the female category. Rory Culkin was nominated for Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role in the male category.

Richard King earned a nomination for a Golden Satellite Award at the Satellite Awards for the category of Best Sound.

At the Teen Choice Awards, the movie was nominated for the Teen Choice Award Choice Movie for Horror/Thriller.

At the Young Artist Awards, the movie was nominated for the Young Artist Award Best Family Feature Film in the Fantasy category. Rory Culkin was given accolades for Best Performance in a Feature Film (Leading Young Actor) and Abigail Breslin for Best Performance in a Feature Film (Young Actress Age Ten or Under). However, neither one of them took home an award.