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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.

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

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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 cast spent three days living together in a camp in order to further flesh out their characters prior to the shooting of the movie. 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 »

Connections

References Irreversible (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Straight from Hell
Written by Gregor Narholz (as Gregor F. Narholz)
Courtesy of APM Music
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Great idea + Good moments = Bad movie
25 March 2012 | by jamiewaltonSee all my reviews

There's a decent, if not original, idea at the heart of this movie, but the film makers are trying too hard to be arty and clever for it to ever really work.

Telling the story in three parts is a terrible idea. It's such a basic story that's being told that it feels more like a way to extend it to feature length than a worthwhile method of story telling. Part 1 is dark and brooding, part 2 is like a comedy and part 3 tries - but fails - to tie the whole thing together.

I liked part 1. It had a great atmosphere and such a feeling of dread that's it's the only part of this 'horror' movie that even approached being scary. It's also getting somewhere when it cuts to part 2, which is so tonally different that it's like a different movie. Don't get me wrong, I liked part 2, but it would have been better on it's own rather than lodged haphazardly between the far more similar parts 1 and 3.

Part 3 struggled to do something and provide a satisfying conclusion. The trouble was that this movie went from the madness caused by the signal turning people into homicidal maniacs into people who talk at random and don't know what's happening. Add the misplaced cutaways and editing tricks and it just becomes a confusing mess. The end just fizzles out and its unsatisfying, muddled and dull nature just about sums up the movie.

Having these three parts as three separate stories would have made for a better experience overall. The main story could have easily been told in Part 1, Part 2 (with a few tweaks) could have stayed the same and then Part 3 could have been a proper finale rather then the delay of something that could have happened an hour beforehand.

The best part of this movie can be found much better elsewhere. The acting was all over the place, with some pretty bad examples on show (unfortunately including a character who appears predominantly in all 3 parts)

I really did want to like this film, but I just can't do it. A nice effort, but just not a very good result.


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