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A horror film told in three parts, from three perspectives, in which a mysterious transmission that turns people into killers invades every cell phone, radio, and television.
The Signal is one of the most underrated horror films of the aughts and NOW would be the perfect time for people to discover (or rediscover) the film, as it is set around New Year's Eve. This was probably my 4th or 5th viewing, and it still manages to keep me fully engrossed.
While AJ Bowen is now an actor known for his collaborations with Ti West and Adam Wingard, before that he starred in The Signal and so far to date, this is his best performance.
With three directors and writers (David Bruckner [who was responsible for the best segment in V/H/S - Amateur Night], Dan Bush, and Jacob Gentry), the movie is separated into three transmissions, but following…
The Signal is a strange low budget mixture of horror and comedy that did not sit right with me. Ultimately it just felt bizarre, and just like the characters I as a viewer could almost feel myself losing my mind as it went on.
A strange signal gets broadcast one day to television screens and radios that makes people who watch or listen to it completely homicidal. We follow one woman and the two men who are both looking for her as they struggle to get back together and survive the horrible things going on everywhere in the town of Terminus.
This one was such a bizarre experience, a very strange mindtrip that tried to juggle horror and humor and…
Almost as "the signal" did to people, the first couple minutes of the movie tricked me to think it was going to be some sort of exploitation horror, video nasty material, something that made me really curious about, since I was expecting a 'Pulse' alike feature. With the reveal of those images as just a tv movie, 'The Signal' starts quickly showing the love affair of Mya and Ben just to throw her into a spiral of crazyness, with people going mad and murderous due to a misterious signal, a premiss very similar to Pontypool or The Crazies.
Divided in three acts called "transmissions", each one of them following the intersections between different characters, mostly the ones into the love…
I really enjoyed how the tone was all over the place (going from absurdist humor to truly disturbing violence to camp to suspense etc), but in many ways this was one of those movies that while watching I could recognize that this was actually a really good flick, but unfortunately it's also a flick that plays up virtually every trope that drives me fucking crazy throughout cinema in general. AJ Bowen's character is the perfect example of what I have literally zero interest in watching on screen, and the fact that he doesn't actually die until the last fucking five minutes or whatever made me seriously angry. I just can't with jealous bitch-men who think they have to maintain power…
This film is really brilliant. Relentlessly violent and darkly humourous, it grips you with a neverending sense of dread, but also touches the heart. Full of unexpected twists and turns as it moves so fast that you don't have time to see them coming.
Great performances by everyone, great direction and camerawork, this film is an instant horror classic.
"When that ball drops, I'm gonna grab a slut and I'm just gonna pee in her butt!"
The Signal is a wild movie. From the very moment where it gets going it doesn't stop and it only seems to get wilder as it goes along. In a way I kind of love that. To give you an example of this, the film is told in three parts, the first part is intense, brutal and there's a real sense of panic there. As soon as that part ends the movie suddenly becomes a bizarre dark comedy and then halfway through it stops being a dark comedy and the movie never does anything comedic after that. It's insane and I loved it.
I just recovered my blu-ray of this and did a re-watch. This movie is straight up bonkers. It feels like 3 different movies in one, and it works really well. It goes from apocalyptic horror to a comedy of sorts to a psychological mind-fuck. It's great, and highly underrated.
F: This is a really solid movie. I remembered that it was structured in three parts. Although I thought the parts were more separated than they actually were. It has a nice flow throughout the movie. It really strikes a great balance between really tense and scary moments and also laugh-out-loud-moments. Solid 4 stars.
J: The signal would fit really good in the "Black Mirror" world in my opinion. I really like the parts, where the middle part is the more humorous and almost a bit too much, but still really good. A good last movie for our 2016 Shocktober. 4 stars.
It doesn't know what it really wants to be, it's tone varies widely, for every one thing is does right, it two things wrong and it just feels very much like a student piece. Not to say I hated it, there were a few things I liked such as the sort of wacky second half. But it just about missed it's mark for me.
what started off strong quickly flopped once the second act began. the "comedy" bits really weren't funny. i got so bored during the second act i honestly could've fallen asleep. to top it off, aj bowen's character was unbelievably irritating and i wish he could've died earlier on instead of lasting through the whole god damn movie, basically. it just sucks that this started off awesome and became a dud after the first act.
Second time I've seen this and still found it hard to stay with it but from other reviews I've read I'm encouraged to try again.
Del terror a la comedia negra, del gore a la psicosis grupal, muy disfrutable, paranoica, confusa ,aunque de las tres partes en la que se compone ,la segunda desentone pero tiene su que, si has visto Cell recomiendo ver esta sin dudarlo porque os gustara más, porque narrativamente es mas imaginativa.
The Signal is a great little end of the world apocalypse type film that relies strongly on it's black humor and hardcore gore. The film begins with a couple that is committing adultery and a broadcast being transmitted the same time that forces everyone into becoming mindless maniacs. The few survivors that aren't effected by the broadcast band together or at least try to while the wife's husband rapidly gets crazier and crazier. The actor is better than average with a standout performance from AJ Bowen as the crazed husband, the effects look good, and the gore is believable. The only real problem I have with this film is how much it falls apart towards the end.
I remember being sort of blindsided by this because it wasn't at all what I expected. I remember it being funnier, scarier and more sympathetic than most horror movies and that it utilized their small budget flawlessly and with a lot of creativity. I'd have to watch it again in order to go into more detail.
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