The Signal

6.01 h 43 min2008X-RayR
A horror film told in three parts from three perspectives, in which a mysterious transmission which invades every cell phone, radio and TV, turning people into killers.
David BrucknerDan BushJacob Gentry
Anessa RamseySahr NgaujahAJ Bowen
English [CC]
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Matt StantonSuehyla El-AttarJustin WelbornCheri Christian
Jacob GentryAlexander Motlagh
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Alcohol usefoul languagenuditysexual contentsmokingviolence
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David S. McQueenReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
TV is Bad for You
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Set in Terminus (Atlanta, GA), 2007.

Something happens to electronic media and people start to go completely paranoid, striking out violently against everyone else.

The film is divided into three segments. Anessa Ramsey plays Maya who is cheating on her husband. Very cute, petite with a short haircut, she returns to her husband's apartment and finds him arguing with two friends over the TV. Things get way out of hand.

The film is relatively novel for a horror/apocalypse film and has some humorous dialogue. It is very violent, bloody and brutal but not a slasher film. The ending is rather lame and there's no nudity. Of course, there's vomit (mandatory now for film makers because if they don't put that in, they'll never get invited to any Hollywood parties).

Worth a watch with some good acting and makeup.
RedfairyReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Don’t waste your time ....
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An hour and a half I’ll never get back. Seems intriguing at first but falls way short. Watched it because it rated high. Don’t understand the high reviews. One of the worst movies I’ve watched. Pass it over and find something else to watch.
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SWReviewed in the United States on February 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's meant to be Campy and Absurdly Funny!
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As the characters are affected by the "signal" they act out their aggression, but during their moments of clarity they have to grapple with the fact that they just killed granny. Each person deals with this and it is sometimes difficult to tell who is being affected at the time. They have to decide who is "on their side" at any given moment.
This is the scary part.

The weird logic and reason just keep getting stranger and sillier. This is the funny part.

The writing and most of the acting is excellent. It's a very clever movie.
AaronReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
I love this film!
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This movie is intense, funny, and a way. This film has three separate sections that have different storytelling styles from another, some of it is really funny, and some of it is actually pretty intense, it messes with your head...just like in the movie (whoah!) Overall, honestly this is one of my favorite films, and its an independant film, that's when you know you have something special. Some of my favorite parts were actually improvized by the actors. And there are actually other little anthology like episodes that show what was happening in other parts of the world to other non-related characters during the events of the film..its nice to have the world fleshed out like that, and honestly, I'd love to see more. I'll always love this film either way.
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Todd M.Reviewed in the United States on February 6, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
The violence is worth the watch.
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Do folks have a natural tendency toward violence and are just waiting for a reason? I’m not sure if this one was a commentary on current society but I’m going with that one. The weakness was Mia and I really couldn’t see why either men were interested in her… especially her husband. It was interesting but just didn’t rise to a level that seemed to warrant the high ratings but it was a dark comedy and did get some chuckles.
gamer99Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed the movie the first time I watched it and ...
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This a horror classic in my mind. It just took me a while to remember what the name of the movie was, otherwise I would have purchased it much sooner. It's about how people receive a signal through their televisions that make them homicidal. Very apocalyptic. I really enjoyed the movie the first time I watched it and very happy I was finally able to add it to my collection. If you have seen the Purge series and enjoyed them and you haven't seen this, you cannot go wrong in watching/purchasing this. Highly recommend!
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 11, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Trailer is super misleading
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I could only make it to the halfway point in this. It is just so boring. The trailer makes it seem like it has a 28 days later vibe to it, but the actual movie comes off as attempting to be a horror comedy. Except it isn't funny and it isn't scary. It's just mind numbingly boring. Also again the trailer sort of gives you the idea of who the main characters are, but both are dropped shortly after everything kicks off. Whether or not it picks up with them again I have no idea. I can't watch this anymore.
Just TimReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
I, for one, loved it
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I don't know what people were expecting with this movie, it is what it is. I loved it. I caught it on tv, never heard of it, and gave it a watch. I came straight here after and ordered a copy!

Having three parts in one movie, each directed by a different person and each one taking on a different tone, can throw you for a bit of a loop. I had no idea that was the case with this movie. I just thought it was weird and quirky. But knowing that was the strategy they used for this movie makes me appreciate it even more and look forward to watching it again. It's an interesting concept and puts this one heads above other genre indie films. The Signal is somewhat advertised as a horror film, but that's a little misleading. Its a little bit of everything, honestly. The second part, which is my personal favorite, seems to totally ditch the horror/suspense motif and veers WAY more towards dark comedy. It's great. This segment alone is what made me love this movie! The way it shows the effects of the titular 'signal' on individuals is brilliantly done by the characters interactions with each other and the world around them. I laughed the whole time.

The cast is hit or miss. The shining stars of this movie are definitely A.J. Bowen and Scott Poythress. I've been noticing A.J. Bowen in a few things ever since You're Next. He's not always in the best movies, but he is usually the best part of them. He's one to watch.

All in all, five stars from this guy! I'm happily adding it to my collection and look forward to whipping it out for anyone who hasn't seen it yet!
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