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

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4 July 2008 (Italy)  »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The idea (and basically the entire plot) for this film seems to have been lifted from the book Cell by Stephen King. No credit was given to the author for his contributions to their film. See more »

Goofs

Every apartment in the movie has the same television set. Considering the television set is so prominently featured, and all the main televisions are obviously the same, it is more likely that the director intended it. In theory, every home in Terminus was issued the exact same TV. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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References Irreversible (2002) See more »

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Danger Drone #1
Written by Yoav Goren & Jeffrey Faymen (as Jeffrey Fayman)
Courtesy of Immediate Music LLC.
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Weird horror homage that may develop a cult following
4 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

This bizarre little horror film that appears to have come out of nowhere seems, judging by it's style and appearance, to be a homage to the grainy 1970s horror flicks from the likes of Dario Argento or other such luminaries. Playing out in various acts (i.e. Act I: Transmission and such...) maybe the feeling isn't so much homage as one of trying to be clever and post ironic, but either way the film has the feeling of a particular type of grainy horror flick.

The driving force seems to be AJ Bowen's possessive husband, tracking his unfaithful spouse (Anessa Ramsey) after being driven mad by a twisted transmission in the tellys, leading to a whole succession of mad plot twists, until saviour (hopefully) arrives in the form of Justin Welborn's more rational bit on the side. There's plenty of blood splattered violence on display, some of it seriously pushing the boundaries, but all done with a noticeable and decent tongue in the cheek that balances it all out. The plot alone is complicated and, yes clever enough that at least two viewings would be a good idea. While this doesn't manage to be a classic of any kind, it more than makes for a rewarding enough horror flick. ***


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