Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi,

Rated: R

Country: USA

Year: 2007

Runtime: 99 minutes

Studio: POP Films


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Review done by: Serial McKiller
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Starring: Anessa Ramsey, Sahr Ngaujah, AJ Bowen, Matthew Stanton

Directors: David Bruckner, Dan Bush

Synopsis: 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.


Last year a small horror film made the festival rounds and finally landed in the
hands of the powers that be within Magnolia Pictures, a company who's
released gems like "The Host" and "Cocaine Cowboys". "The Signal" is a highly
kinetic, savage thriller that's told in three chapters (or transmissions) telling
the story of a group of people in the fictional city of Terminus as a bizarre
signal plays over televisions, radio's and phones that causes people to
basically run out and murder. However they think it's justified. It's a less
enthralling, but very cognitive and fun version of '28 Days Later'. Even more
interesting is that it's told by three different writers and directors, Dan Bush,
David Bruckner and Jacob Gentry. All three look fairly the same, but the
undertones differed highly and each one brings in different set of characters
while the others...both living and dead return. The set up transmission
"Crazy in Love" gives you the introductions and lets you see some of the first
effects of this signal. But I'd say its the weakest link of the three.

Partially because it's an intro and usually those have that problem because
there's so much setting up. But also the first piece tends to look and feel the
most like a student horror picture and less a polished even independent
piece. Part 2 'The Jealousy Monster" is a very dark and very funny one that
pushes everything into high gear. The whole human story is also fairly
interesting and works well enough. All revolving around a woman on the run
from her now crazed husband who she had been cheating on, her husband
who's killing his way towards her and her lover who's trying to reach her first.
Part 2 brings in more people to this search and rescue or search and destroy
party while also explaining a lot more about what the signal is and what it can
really do. The final act is perhaps the most brutal and most interesting.

It tries to delve further into the actual madness and psychology of what
we're seeing and see what can survive it. The last part also seems to
somewhat resemble a look of that from director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
who made 'Babel' and 'Amores perros'. It's all stylish and dark stuff and done
on an independent budget which does bring a big, small world feeling towards
it. It isn't perfect and could have been trimmed down, but then again this is
the first step for this crew and I'd say it's a damn good, bloody one. "The
Signal" is a smaller title that all horror fans should check out. And I hope to
see these fellows making more films with this kind of cult, pulpy feel about
them in the future.

Overall: 7/10
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