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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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David Bruckner (screenplay), Jacob Gentry (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anessa Ramsey ... Mya Denton
Sahr Ngaujah ... Rod (as Sahr)
AJ Bowen ... Lewis Denton
Matthew Stanton Matthew Stanton ... Jerry (as Matt Stanton)
Suehyla El-Attar ... Janice
Justin Welborn ... Ben Capstone
Cheri Christian ... Anna
Scott Poythress ... Clark
Christopher Thomas Christopher Thomas ... Ken
Lindsey Garrett ... Laura
Chad McKnight ... Jim Parsons (as Chadrian McKnight)
Claire Bronson ... Sightless Woman
David Bruckner ... Screaming Man (as Dave Bruckner)
Dan Bush ... Screaming Man
John Clifton John Clifton ... Maintenance Man
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Storyline

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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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 2008 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

O Sinal See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$144,836, 24 February 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$597,420, 13 July 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The bottom floor of a convention center was used as the location for the train station in the third act. See more »

Goofs

The amount of blood on Lewis and Ben's faces continually changes from scene to scene. 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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Straight from Hell
Written by Gregor Narholz (as Gregor F. Narholz)
Courtesy of APM Music
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21st Century paranoia horror at its very best...
24 August 2007 | by AvidHorrorFanSee all my reviews

From time to time, I stumble across movies that I know nothing about, and under normal circumstances probably wouldn't be that inclined to see. Even as an avid horror buff, low budget titles like this tend to slip through the net usually simply due to their lack of big name distribution.

Let's hope that with "The Signal" however, this doesn't happen.

Why? Because this movie is powerful, thoughtful and downright terrifying in its execution.

The movie opens with a young couple, Mya and Ben, in a tryst where it soon becomes apparent that Mya is married but very much not in love with her husband, Lewis.

Suddenly the TV is blasted on, transmitting a noisy psychedelic signal which is echoed throughout every other media form from radio to mobile phones.

Mya leaves Ben to return home to her husband only to find everyone going crazy... possibly even her own husband. Thrown into a violent and chaotic world, the story focuses on the three of them and the truth about their intertwining relationship as the city of Terminus literally goes to hell around them.

The film's three directors each take on board a different aspect of the overlapping narrative, with the running time evenly divided into 3 parts. Transmission 1 examines the initial outbreak and its effects on the main protagonists. Transmission 2 looks at the ensuing madness from the perspective of one of the afflicted (a very creepy concept which is notoriously tough to execute, but is worked to almost perfection here), and laces it with more than just a smattering of very black humour. Transmission 3 ties up the loose ends of the plot and weaves them all together in order that all main characters collide in a chaotic but much needed denouement.

Brutal, dark and completely absorbing, this grainy DV effort is always believable and therein lies its power. In a society where media has taken over every facet of our lives, technology is rife for abuse, and this movie exploits that paranoia to great dividends.

This original chiller is the American equivalent of "28 Days Later" mixed with Romero's "The Crazies" via Stephen King's novel "Cell".

Some visual and plot aspects may have suffered due to budgetary constraints, but therein also lies its charm.

"The Signal" will surprise, thrill and terrify. In short, another example of modern horror at its brutal and most thoughtful best.


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