When bad cell phone service kills

We all know that cell phones can ruin a movie—after all, haven’t we all been rudely distracted by the shrill trill from a neighboring row? But what’s really amazing is how many movie plots the cell phone has proved crucial to along the way (and made writing horror flicks a lot easier). No Signal (and Other Cellular Drama) is a cleverly edited, nearly five-minute video montage that celebrates Hollywood’s repeated attempts at silencing our little mobile friends.

Once you see the string of more than 40 films—The Strangers, The Mist, Funny Games, Rogue and Hostel among them—that show the moment a character-in-peril loses contact with the cellular world, you’ll find it hard to believe how often that angle’s been used. “Ninety-seven percent nationwide coverage,” one character from The Hills Have Eyes says solemnly. “And we found ourselves in that 3 percent.” Hey Hollywood, can you hear us now?

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When bad cell phone service kills