A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
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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…
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 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 reportedly contains 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…
An interesting anthology film that sees three different filmmakers create a story in three parts. It's a fun ride to the finish line.
An originally executed apocalyptic thriller that sports some great B-movie performances, but it's an incredibly jerky affair with three directors at the helm, and the tone definitely shows that within its three primary acts (or "Transmissions", as the case may be). The film starts out with the atmosphere of Dawn Of The Dead ('04), then very abruptly segues into something more akin to Shaun Of The Dead at a certain point, though overall I'd ultimately compare it to George Romero's cult classic The Crazies. If it sounds strange and wildly uneven, you'd be correct, and it's a unique mix that could've blown up in the filmmakers' faces, but strangely, the horror makes way for the comedy in a way that manages to heighten the bizarre sense of psychosis that the crazed characters are going through, and when the perspectives of the sane and insane start to blend together, the social commentary at the heart of the movie becomes apparent.
Plague film? Zombie film?
Kind of both, plus references.
Oh, for a budget!
Una de las joyas más 'antiguas' (relativamente) del mumblegore y un proyecto muy curioso teniendo en cuenta que los tres segmentos de la película fueron dirigidos por diferentes personas. Particularmente, me gustó el capítulo de la mitad y su sutil comedia negra. Por momentos se vuelve tediosa e intentan complicarla más de lo debido, pero en general es entretenida
Different, weird and I dunno. I liked it, even though it wasn't THAT good.
I love everything about this movie
Where the fuck did this movie come from and how am I just now discovering it? It's funny, gory and wildly inventive. Such an amazing accomplishment seeing how the budget was roughly around $50,000. Loved it. I can't wait to watch it again.
“The Signal”, is a horror film directed by 3 directors, told in 3 parts from 3 different perspectives. I didn’t actually realize this when I started watching the movie, so it explains why it felt so disjointed and rough. The underlying story is an interesting concept: a mysterious transmission received though televisions, phones, etc. turns people into homicidal maniacs. But the way it was told didn’t flow for me. Characters I enjoyed watching and getting to know were soon forgotten as the directors changed and moved onto another character’s perspective, and the film seemed to lag at certain points with uninteresting writing and dialog. I will give it one major thing in that it’s effects were pretty bloody and gruesome which is always fun. Overall still enjoyable despite it’s faults.
Where in the world did that come from and why had I never heard of it???
Seriously, wow. This film is an incredibly well-made psychological horror that's divided into three distinct acts with three separate directors. Act I is pretty straightforward horror, Act II is one of the darkest dark comedies you'll ever see, while Act III is... kind of romantic, I guess? And all three acts totally nail the tone or genre they're going for while simultaneously working as a coherent entity.
I really don't even know what to say about this film without sounding like I'm gushing, but it just caught me totally by surprise. The horror is done incredibly well throughout. The comedy parts are the right combination of laugh-out-loud funny and genuinely uncomfortable for a dark comedy. It's seriously one of the best horror movie I've ever seen in my life. No exaggeration.
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