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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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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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$50,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first act was shot in co-writer/co-director David Bruckner's apartment. 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 »


Referenced in El Reviewer Random: Halloween Special 2012 (2012) See more »


Straight from Hell
Written by Gregor Narholz (as Gregor F. Narholz)
Courtesy of APM Music
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User Reviews

If you're going to let 3 different directors make a horror movie...
23 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Make sure that one of them isn't going to try and turn it into a Three Stooges-esque wacky comedy. Yet another potentially great horror movie utterly ruined by some really terrible directing choices, mainly the 2nd reel.

It was very compelling through the first act and I was really enjoying it, then it suddenly changed into a wacky dark slapstick comedy seemingly out of nowhere in the second act, it's very stilted as it seems to just come out of nowhere and it's very out of place. I understand what they were trying to do with this but it just failed miserably, this pretty much ruined the dead serious atmosphere and tone and it doesn't help that the 3rd act was pretty weak on it's own merit as a follow up. In order for a scary movie to be scary, it has to take itself seriously and this movie begins like this, then becomes a total farce, and then ends serious again.

If you're really desperate, there's some merit to this but I can only recommend it to horror fans if you're truly desperate like I was when I watched it. Better yet, watch the first 30 minutes of it then turn it off and go watch something better, it's the only part worth seeing.

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