Overall Rank: 8835
Average Rating: 2.5/4
# of Ratings: 28
Theatrical Release Date: 02/22/2008
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 06/10/2008
MPAA Rating: R
Director: David Bruckner
Actors: Jeff Adelman, Robin Acker, AJ Bowen, Claire Bronson, Cheri Christian, Chad McKnight
Plot: The city of Terminus falls into anarchy as a deadly signal sent out through TVs and phones turns occupants into delusional and homicidal maniacs. In the midst of the chaos, a woman and her lover attempt to flee the city while avoiding her deranged husband. -- Chris Kavan
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Tjommi - wrote on 09/06/2011
Beeing pretty twisted, I think it was the humour and the absurd situations that saved this movie. I am generally not a big fan of people beeing mean to people but the insane setting with well timed cheesy humour made the extreme violence bearable. I was entertained and think all in all it was an ok movie.
Chris Kavan - wrote on 01/02/2009
An interesting mix of horror, sci-fi and black comedy that doesn't always work, but it's quirky enough to keep things going. All in all, a decent effort with a great premise but just an OK execution.
Themovieman - wrote on 10/06/2008
It had a good plot. I'm a huge fan of the psychopath movies. Throwing in the comedy was a great touch. The blood was a little much though. And the woman with the new years party was hilarious. and i quote the crazy lady with the new years party "But he killed one too!" another must see movie
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Franz Patrick - wrote on 08/18/2008
The beginning was engaging because it was actually terrifying: a city gone crazy because of some mysterious signal eminating from telephones, television, and radio without any means of escape. I felt like I was right there with the heroine when everyone started to kill each other. However, after thirty minutes, it quickly went downhill because it couldn’t find its footing regarding its tone. The middle portion was labyrinthine because of two things: the violence being used as a form of amusement and the way that the filmmakers would play with the audiences’ perception. Regarding the former, I’m a fan of dark humour but this film had gone too far. At first it was funny but it quickly became downright degrading and borderline torture porn. If they had stayed with minimal violence and …
kcvidkid - wrote on 07/02/2008
If I may be so presumptuous, let me quote from one of my own reviews, that of "The Happening":
"...the (concept of the) unknown force effecting the entire population is quickly becoming overused."
At the time, I didn't realize that this statement would be proven so quickly! In "The Signal", though, the catalyst is more sinister and overt. While its origins are never explained, there's no time wasted on speculation about them. All we need to know is that there is a transmission causing deadly mass hysteria.
This presumably low-budget thriller is much better than "The Happening" for two main reasons. First, one of the "side effects" of the mass hysteria is hallucinations. Not only do the characters not know what is real or imagined, neither do we. That fact adds an entire …
FZero - wrote on 04/13/2008
God dammit is the PG-13 version of what I said after this one was finished. There's a shit load of wasted potential here, there is a good movie in there somewhere. It's like these three guys couldn't decide on what genre they should tackle and split the movie into three parts to try and satisfy everyone and the predictable thing happened, they failed miserably. Things got off to a promising start with the first third being dark, violent and just overall awesome, then everything went to hell. The middle portion ran the whole production into the ground with its attempt at campy comedy was such a sudden change of tone from which the movie never recovered. It seemed to drag on forever, even the overall better last part couldn't redeem what had just occurred. Maybe M. Night Shamhammer …
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