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The Signal

  R HD Closed Captioning

Dan Bush, David Bruckner & Jacob Gentry

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Plot Summary

It’s New Year’s Eve in the city of Terminus and chaos is this year’s resolution. All forms of communication have been jammed by an enigmatic transmission that preys on fear and desire driving everyone in the city to murder and madness. In a place once marked by conformity but now sent into complete anarchy, the rebellious Ben must save the woman he loves from the bedlam in the streets as well as her crazed sadistic husband. But the only way he can tell who to trust or who has given in to violence is by uncovering the true nature of The Signal. Told in three parts from three unique perspectives by three visionary directors, The Signal was originally conceived as an experimental film project called Exquisite Corpse where one filmmaker would begin a story then hand it off to another filmmaker to continue and then to another and so on until the movie was complete. The story eventually took shape and evolved into a sci-fi/ horror/thriller that imagines a world where everyday anxieties become the catalyst for inhuman terror. The Signal is a horrific journey towards discovering that the most brutal monster might actually be within all of us.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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57%
  • Reviews Counted: 68
  • Fresh: 39
  • Rotten: 29
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: This three-part horror movie directed by a trio of Atlanta filmmakers is set during the collapse of Terminus, a fictional city whose citizens are being driven to rage. – Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: This Look Ma, no hands! And no head either! horror film makes a Mixmaster stew out of Poltergeist, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Re-Animator, They Came From Within, and Shaun of the Dead. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Thesps get seriously into the roles, rendering the situation that much funnier. – Robert Koehler, Variety, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: This uneven but impressive shot-on-digital shocker earns a marker in the mausoleum of apocalyptic horror -- a genre that's proving (un)surprisingly durable in the new century. – Jim Ridley, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Rather disappointing...

After reading most of the reviews for this movie I was really excited about renting it. But after seeing it I was left rather disappointed. The movie is broken up in three parts. The first part was really interesting and full of suspense and gets you drawn in. The second part is where you get lost and it becomes some sort of weird psychological mind play. Which leads to the end where it's lack luster. Rent it first. I wouldn't suggest buying it.

Good effort, lacks ending

This movie was on my list to see, and I am glad to have rented it instead of purchased it. The movie falls apart half-way through; seemingly from a lack of a cohesive story line beyond the initial "gimmick" of all media carrying some strange signal that makes people go crazy, somehow. We never learn anything more about the main conflict, very little about the characters and as I said the story has no third act to wrap things up. Not worth the purchase price, but okay if you want to watch a film school-level pseudo-sci-fi flick.

another gem making the most of a low budget

forget action figures, t&a, catchy soundtracks, and everything else. this is one of those gems that transcends its genre and just takes you for a ride. don't try to figure things out, just appreciate the fact that movies can still make you think, "what just happened?"