Signs ★★½

I think I took this semi-seriously when I first watched it. On repeat viewing, it's more or less like Ingmar Bergman with a head injury directing a 50s sci-fi, with a bit of Hitchcock scoring and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD vibe for good measure. And yet, despite its doggedly despondent pace, it's compellingly watchable - I'd intended to bail (my wife was watching it for her podcast), but damned if I didn't make it through. To be fair, a lot of that was because of the relatively frequent laughs. I'm confident that some of them were intentional, but I don't think most of them were, and on the whole, this has a lot more in common with THE HAPPENING than I thought.