The Signal (2007)

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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod (as Sahr)
Matthew Stanton ...
Jerry (as Matt Stanton)
Christopher Thomas ...
Jim Parsons (as Chadrian McKnight)
Sightless Woman
Screaming Man (as Dave Bruckner)
Screaming Man
John Clifton ...
Maintenance Man


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Transmission Spreading See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence throughout, pervasive language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 July 2008 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Signal  »

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Box Office


$50,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$144,836 (USA) (22 February 2008)


$597,420 (USA) (11 July 2014)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of the city in the film is Terminus. The movie was filmed entirely in Atlanta, Georgia which was originally called Terminus when it was settled in 1837. See more »


When exiting the building with Rod, Mya gets into a Honda with standard shifter; after the crash just before picking the CD player it can be seen that the car is now an automatic, and in the exterior shots the car is a Toyota. See more »


[first lines]
Ben: What was that? That was strange.
Mya Denton: [in bed] Come back.
Ben: The TV turned itself on.
Mya Denton: [reaching out] Come back.
Ben: Okay.
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Crazy Credits

About 1 minute into the credits, a video effect similar to "the signal" is shown for a few seconds, and then the credits roll on. See more »


References Irreversible (2002) See more »


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A hidden gem
28 February 2010 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

The Signal starts like some bad horror films do: a maniac is torturing two young women.But...wait a minute!...It is a trick! The maniac belongs to a movie the authentic characters from The Signal are watching, until the transmission is cut.That is the beginning of this excellent film.

One of the most interesting things I found in The Signal is that what could have been a simple post-apocalyptic tale has a vein of intense romance and honest emotions which makes the movie more engaging.This film tells three different stories, and each one of them was made by a different director.That was a simultaneously original and risky idea, because dividing the narrative in chapters could have taken cohesion or integrity out to the global story.However, the stories are very interesting, and the sensibility and vision from every filmmaker are perfectly well complemented, bringing as a result a fascinating and highly recommendable film with unusual deepness, ingenuity and dramatic consistency.

It is a pity that The Signal went so unnoticed.It has been available in DVD for three years, but even then it had a time of being "in the shelves" (as a proof of that I can mention the CDs reproducer one of the main characters constantly long has it been that that technology was replaced by the iPod and similar devices?).But its anachronism does not decrease the value of the interesting story, solid performances and even the black humor from the intermediate segment, which brings a very grateful respite after the intensity from the first segment, and which prepares us for the anguish from the conclusion.There are some moments of brutal violence in this movie for the fans of gore, but one of the best things from this movie is not what it shows, but what it omits.That automatically makes us participants of the fear and uncertainty the characters experiment, and we share their mystery about the phenomenon which is happening to their city.

The only thing I would criticize about this film is that the final segment is a bit longer than it should have.However, that does not avoid me from giving an enthusiastic recommendation to this hidden gem from horror cinema.

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