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The Signal

HD   R Closed Captioning

Dan Bush, David Bruckner & Jacob Gentry

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About the Movie

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


  • Reviews Counted: 69
  • Fresh: 40
  • 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

What a pleasant suprise! A genre movie that's better than the genre.

I don't write reviews for movies, but what the hell... I had to tell someone about this movie! The product description makes it sound a bit garden variety, and I will give you that the main conceit of the film (a strange transmission makes everyone go crazy) is one we’ve heard before (most notably, Stephen King’s “Cell”), but I can assure you, it’s much better than you are expecting. Think more Sundance Channel than Sci-Fi. It’s a clever, quick moving film that is as filled to the brim with quirky humor and human drama as it is the “red stuff”. Yes, there’s much gore to enjoy, but the real kick is following along with this weird, wonderful movie. Rashomon-lite flashbacks and hallucinated flash forwards tease your brain, strong characters are only more fleshed out by the cornucopia of crazy that hits them, and the film is split into three different segments directed by three different directors so that pace stays brisk and the concept merely serves a backdrop… it’s still a fun, easy to follow indie low budget horror/sci-fi hybrid that takes cues from everything from Night of the Living Dead to Pulp Fiction, but without the clichés you would expect from the genre. Check it out – you’ll be glad you did. Don’t let this little gem fade into obscurity!

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?"

The crazy?

gosh. i love this movie. it took me three times to understand it. but my goodness. its just great :)

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