This is for the 2015 (1st) edition of the list. For the 2016 (2nd) edition, go here.
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.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This micro budget apocalyptic horror starts out like many before it - The Crazies, Dawn Of The Dead, 28 Days Later etc - where the whole world's seemingly gone mad and the story centres on a small group of individuals who are fighting for survival. You know the drill...
But this film is actually a great deal more than the sum of it's parts. The clearly tiny budget has been put to great use here, with startlingly realistic FX and really good solid performances from the unknown cast.
The Signal of the title is an electronic signal of unknown origin that's broadcast to every TV, radio and phone, and sends everyone exposed to it utterly insane, murdering all those it…
Pues pensé que era otra película, pero como ya la había empezado me seguí, una historia bastante rara, una señal en la televisión, radio y teléfonos hace que la gente se vuelva desconfiada, agresiva y empiece una matanza en todos lados.
La película va entre una historia de amor, un segmento de comedia, un poco de thriller, horror, paranoia. Tiene tantas cosas mezcladas que al final no termina de unir bien todo.
Dividida en tres segmentos, a mi parecer el dos (la parte cómica) y después del uno son los mejor logrados y elaborados en el guión, el tercer segmento se vuelve algo pesado y hasta largo.
Pretty tight and inventive horror thriller. Some great editing along the way to make this head-trip of movie work out.
There is no lack of gore either. The filmmakers (there are three directors) do a nice job of putting together this "modern" horror tale. It's a rush, to be sure.
Divided into three parts, my favorite is - by far - the middle part where a New Year's Eve party turns into a half-crazed survival war. Plus, one of the FUNNIEST horror/comedy scenes occurs when the goofy neighbor "Jim Parsons" (Chad McKnight) shows up. Dude steals the movie right there. So delightful.
It's a crazy one. Also probably gets better with more viewings, I'm guessing as there is a lot to figure out here... and not all of it is spelled out, even at the somewhat ambiguous ending.
Still fucking love this flick, and everything it (conceptually) stands for. As much as I like a lot of the contemporary crop of "mumblecore"-influenced horror, the mumblegore movement could've started and finished with this, A Horrible Way to Die, and The House of the Devil and we'd probably be better for it.
Too bad the last third is the worst of the three. Really leaves a bad taste after a surprisingly enjoyable set up.
"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.
Pretty original indie horror film that is a wacky, terrifying, gory and thought provoking. Definitely a hidden gem. Oh and my subs got a serious workout.
I wasn’t really expecting this one to be so odd and surreal. I was expecting a pretty straightforward film but I still quite liked it. At times I thought that maybe the makers were trying a little too hard to be arty and surreal but overall it worked well. The conclusion I came to was that the whole thing was a metaphor for the struggle the woman has to choose between the two lovers she has in the film. I would have to watch it again with this in mind to see how it pans out on the whole.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
With a list of…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…