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The Signal (2014)

PG-13 | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 10 July 2014 (Germany)
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On a road trip, Nic and two friends are drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius. When everything suddenly goes dark, Nic regains consciousness - only to find himself in a waking nightmare.


William Eubank
2,292 ( 16)
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview:
Patrick Davidson Patrick Davidson ... Boy Playing Claw Game
Brenton Thwaites ... Nic
Olivia Cooke ... Haley
Beau Knapp ... Jonah
Jeffrey Grover ... Gas Station Clerk
Laurence Fishburne ... Damon
Roy Kenny Roy Kenny ... Hazmat 1
Timothy Holmes Timothy Holmes ... Hazmat 2
Ricardo Campos Ricardo Campos ... Hazmat 3
Drew Sykes Drew Sykes ... Hazmat 4
Lin Shaye ... Mirabelle
Robert Longstreet ... James


On a road trip, Nic and two friends are drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius. When everything suddenly goes dark, Nic regains consciousness - only to find himself in a waking nightmare.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This is the signal. If you hear it, you have been chosen. See more »


Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

10 July 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Сигнал See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$155,642, 13 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$600,896, 13 September 2014
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Misdirection is a key ingredient in the film. Director Eubanks wanted the viewer to continually feel they nearly have a grip on where the film is going; only to have their notions fall apart when the direction changes again - all the way to the very end. See more »


When Nic and Jonah are decrypting the IP address of the person they believe to the hacker named "Nomad", Jonah starts to dictate the IP address to Nic, and start writing it to the wall. But after this scene, this IP address is not written in the wall.

Whilst we hear the full IP address spoken, we never explicitly see it written down in full (camera angle). Also interesting to note, is how he repeats 147. There's nothing to suggest however he actually writes this down in order either as we see the first 3 octets afterwards, but 147 does appears twice on the wall, one of which is circled. See more »


[last lines]
Nic: Get going
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La villa dei delitti
Performed by Gabriele Bazzi Berneri
Written by Gabriele Bazzi Berneri
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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User Reviews

Not what I was expecting - in a good way!
2 October 2014 | by xaniverSee all my reviews

From the trailer I expected The Signal to be a sort of Blair Witch take on an alien encounter with some retro, creep-tastic Hazmat encounters. While there were certainly elements of that in the film, the actual storyline exceeded my expectations, as did the philosophical undercurrent to the film. This is a movie that explores the dichotomy of human nature, specifically the war between logic and reason, and emotion. These characters are fighting themselves as much as they are extrinsic factors. Kudos to the Brenton Thwaites (an actor I'd never heard of before now) for keeping me emotionally and mentally engaged throughout the movie and holding his own against the filmic might of Laurence Fishburne.

In short, this felt a bit like Dark City meets Signs, and I really enjoyed the weird twists and turns in a narrative I fully expected to be formulaic and predictable.

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