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09.24.2009
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Back in the 70s and 80s it was easy to strand teenage kids in the middle of nowhere. As long as the payphone was broken (or the headset conveniently ripped off the cord), there was no way for them to get in touch with the outside world. But then came cell phones and that kinda mucked things up for lazy Hollywood writers. Everybody has a cell phone so why wouldn't they just call 911 when they're being chased by a maniac. And then someone had the bright idea: NO SIGNAL!

All we have to do is acknowledge that the future victims have a cell phone but they aren't getting any signal and we can let the killings begin! This has become a go-to cliche very quickly in horror movies and someone was smart enough to cut together all the "no signal" clips from horror movies into one video. Check it out!

Extra Tidbit: They could've edited in footage from Comic-Con's Hall H with me walking around aimlessly pointing my phone at the ceiling...
Source: FourFour

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3:03PM on 09/24/2009
It may be a "go-to" chiche, but it's a necessary evil in todays Assphone, er, I mean cell phone era. If you don't address it, 98% of the viewing audience will go "why don't they just use their cell?" I know I wouldn't, cause I'm not a driveling, self absorbed douche, who's got a cell phone plastered to their head 95% of every waking hour. Shit, I don't even own one.

What you've got to do, is get creative with it. Low battery, broken phone or the standard, "damn, no signal".

You's gotsta
It may be a "go-to" chiche, but it's a necessary evil in todays Assphone, er, I mean cell phone era. If you don't address it, 98% of the viewing audience will go "why don't they just use their cell?" I know I wouldn't, cause I'm not a driveling, self absorbed douche, who's got a cell phone plastered to their head 95% of every waking hour. Shit, I don't even own one.

What you've got to do, is get creative with it. Low battery, broken phone or the standard, "damn, no signal".

You's gotsta do, what's you's gotsta do.
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2:10AM on 09/25/2009
I don't own a cellphone either. Amen, reverend!
I don't own a cellphone either. Amen, reverend!
1:26PM on 09/24/2009
Lol you could try make the most innovative slasher movie in the world, but no matter what, you can't escape the part where something goes wrong with the cell phone. This video is awesome.
Lol you could try make the most innovative slasher movie in the world, but no matter what, you can't escape the part where something goes wrong with the cell phone. This video is awesome.
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11:48AM on 09/24/2009

Awesome

That was awesome. Can you hear me now? How about now? Now? Can you hear me now? No? How 'bout now? FUCK!
That was awesome. Can you hear me now? How about now? Now? Can you hear me now? No? How 'bout now? FUCK!
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11:05AM on 09/24/2009

Reality

I realize most horror movies today use this for plot development but the reality is this is our modern society, we're fine until technology fails us. I guess it's the good films that take it a step further (i.e. using cell phones for other means) or merely grace over it. Shaun of the Dead is the only horror movie that comes to mind where cell phones still work, but in an amusing sort of way, I'm sure there's others though..
I realize most horror movies today use this for plot development but the reality is this is our modern society, we're fine until technology fails us. I guess it's the good films that take it a step further (i.e. using cell phones for other means) or merely grace over it. Shaun of the Dead is the only horror movie that comes to mind where cell phones still work, but in an amusing sort of way, I'm sure there's others though..
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10:41AM on 09/24/2009

The Bourne movies

I'm pretty sure there are some instances in the first two films, but at least in Supremacy I thought there was a clever use of the "breaking the cell phone" gag.

In Morocco, Julia Stile's character gets up from the coffee shop and breaks her phone into several pieces. One, to stop the CIA from tracing her phone and two, to leave Jason a trail so he knows in what direction she ran off to.
I'm pretty sure there are some instances in the first two films, but at least in Supremacy I thought there was a clever use of the "breaking the cell phone" gag.

In Morocco, Julia Stile's character gets up from the coffee shop and breaks her phone into several pieces. One, to stop the CIA from tracing her phone and two, to leave Jason a trail so he knows in what direction she ran off to.
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10:40AM on 09/24/2009

Possible

Hey it happens to me where I work.I am roaming then no service.Take a few steps forward 5 bars hells ya!
Hey it happens to me where I work.I am roaming then no service.Take a few steps forward 5 bars hells ya!
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