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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.
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…
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.
One of my favorite discoveries from the early days of Icons Of Fright, and the film that not only got me my break in writing for Fangoria, but that started so many amazing friendships.
It'd been a while since I'd seen it and all across the board, between the directing, the acting, the execution of the story, this still holds up beautifully. A 3 act story, each section told from the perceptive of a different character, all 3 of which are engaged in a love triangle.
A mysterious signal begins broadcasting over the airwaves, which causes people to immediately lose their marbles and start killing everyone around them. 1st act, we see it through Mya's eyes as the shit goes…
That weird ass screensaver had me hooked for a while, but as much as I like the creative ideas behind the film and certain individual scenes it has to offer, gory or comical, as a whole it just doesn't come together. The first chapter is chilling, from then on, dark, twisted comedy kicks in, it's all a bit downhill.
A bloody masterpiece of a horror movie.
Inventive little horror film similar but lesser than the great "Pontypool" - in both films a mysterious broadcast is driving people into a murderous rage. At its best in the middle section where its perverse sense of humour produces some genuinely funny moments, at its worst in other sections when trying to be a "love conquers all" story. The Signal is trying to be too many things at once, but ultimately I enjoyed it quite a bit.
"Horror is one of the most readily dismissed genres from critics and film buffs, yet is, arguably, the…
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…