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


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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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The opening scene with Mya and Ben was filmed on the 27th floor of an apartment. See more »


The amount of blood on Lewis and Ben's faces continually changes from scene to scene. 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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Written by Yoav Goren & Jeffrey Faymen (as Jeffrey Fayman)
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This one can wrestle with the best of 'em...
23 May 2008 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This is suspense and horror at its finest....

I read that some of the viewers find the second transmission to be funny. Not for me, it was madness all over. This movie absorbed me more then any of the latest "zombie" installations. Especially interesting is the fact that everyone gets affected by the signal. Each in his own way (and that's probably what some consider funny). It is not the typical survivors versus evil thing. Everyone fights against his own paranoia here, snapping in and out of reality.

Plenty of gore but they do not go over the top with it. Pacing is good, camera is good (no shaky stuff here) and i liked the minimalistic distortion effects.

It might be a bit confusing for some to watch, because the storytelling is not straight forward. Lots of jumps between timelines and hallucinations from the protagonists, i loved it.

It's like a LSD trip gone wrong...

All three directors are on my watchlist now, thanks for this nice piece of work. Any horror buff should try it, this is some solid stuff.

Gimme more !!!

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