Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
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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.
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…
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.
The fifth entry in my October marathon of 31 Days of Unseen Horror, in which I watch 31 horror films that I've never seen.
The Signal is a very unique and original take on a horror story, but I can't say that I found it very scary.
I guess this movie is classified as horror because of the seemingly random acts of violence that the characters commit as they are affected by a mysterious television signal. I know the line is blurry when you get into supernatural horror, but The Signal seemed more like a science fiction movie in the structure and how it unravels.
It doesn't go for the scares like a regular horror movie. I guess this can…
How best to describe this..A sort of Romeo & Juliet meets 28 days Later.
A tale of forbidden love, jealousy and a lot of people running around with a rage virus that infects people through electronic signals.
I found this incredibly good fun, very out there and had one of the most bizarre New Years Eve party scenes ever. A watch if you are looking for something a little bit different.
Highly underrated Horror that really deserves far more credit. Three directors, three perspectives, three styles all around one very interesting story of a rouge signal transmitted via all technological devices that turns people into killers. The three very contrasting stories follow the same characters and main story line but are quite different in style but ultimately very complimentary. They all combine to make this a very underrated Indie Horror. Like horror? Love this.
This movie is split up into 3 acts, each written and directed by someone else. The first act is amazing. Scary, gory, emotional. I loved it and was fully immersed in this world and this story. Then the second act hits and it's some shitty Shaun of the Dead rip off and the whole thing grinds to halt. The emotion is gone, the dread is gone, the scares are gone. All that remains is cheap goofs and boredom. Turned it off near the middle of that second story. Pretty bummed out about it. Would have liked to have seen the story play out the way it started.
Average at best
Amazing how someone can have their skull caved in with a fire extinguisher type spray a la 'irreversible' and then be lucid and compos mentis a mere minute or two later leaves slightly too much suspension of belief for me to find agreeable
Good acting, nice story, the first and second segments kept me interested the entire time. The third segment was so bad, it almost ruined the entire movie for me.
Brutal. This was one of the harder to get through movies I've seen in recent memory. The acting is beyond terrible by everyone except for the woman who plays Maya. Unfortunately, Maya is either absent or mute after the end of Part 1. The first of three segments, all written and directed by different people, Part 1 isn't bad. But the only fair way to describe the latter two parts is amateur hour. I'm soooo fucking pissed at some of the positive reviews on here. Don't listen to them, stay away from this. Also, the first segment is only 30 or 40 minutes. So if you decide to watch the entire movie you'll have to sit through over an hour of witless dialogue, student-film acting, and just generally shitty directing everywhere except for part 1. I hated this goddamn movie.
I had such high hopes for this movie after reading reviews but it just didn't live up to the hype. The characters were all kind of goofy and I don't understand why they acted the way they did (escpecially the 2nd segment).
Fascinating watch for the most part, with some deep ideas and thoughts on humanity. Then the end happens, and there's some serious gender issues with that ending. Longer review can be found at Bill's Movie Emporium.
Imagine if every fleeting paranoia or subconscious concern you’d ever entertained had been instantly ratified as true in your mind. Further imagine that any inhibitions you might have regarding doing harm to another human being had been completely removed.
It’s New Year’s Eve and all communication devices have spontaneously begun to emit a chaotic visual and sonic pattern, doing strange things to people watching or even listening to it.
Nearly everyone within range of this unknown broadcast starts acting on instincts without much reason or thought behind, and can no longer tell the difference between what they want to see, and what they actually do see, resolving in extremely confused and violent confrontations.
The Signal is complete and total madness.…
Felt like it went on for way too long but that's probably my shit ass brain's fault.
Really good anyway, fucking creative and the "comedy" section is actually great
What I had expected from The Signal is something more along the lines of a 28 Days Later or The Crazies sort of infected world. What I received was not as frightening as I would have hoped but at least fairly unique and different from your standard apocalyptic survival film. The filmmakers took a risk to add more originality to their production and to a certain extent it did pay off.
The film does not stray from its violent content however straight out of the gun the tone is constantly shifting within. It begins with a faux horror film playing on tv which mocked you average slasher in the woods scenario with terrible (purposefully) acting until the program flickers out…
Not at all what I was expecting from the cheesy poster displayed on Netflix (not the one shown here). Consisting of three parts, each by a different director, showing different perspectives on what happens when a strange signal broadcast on every TV, cell phone and radio in the city starts driving people into a jealous, psychotic rage.
The first segment was easily the strongest, and the final is a bit of a letdown, but overall a decent story.
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