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The Signal (2008)

A.J. Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, Cheri Christian, Justin Welborn, Scott Poythress, Sahr Ngaujah
Director(s): David Bruckner, Dan Bush, Jacob Gentry

U.S. Opening Date: February 22nd, 2008


Imagine every cell phone, radio, and television in your city suddenly broadcasting the same mysterious signal over and over. Now imagine these "terminus" transmissions evoking violent, uncontrollable, psychotic chaos from everyone who comes in contact with them.

The Signal invades the minds of everyday citizens living their workaday lives and having their sordid affairs. Suddenly struck by the power of the insidious transmissions, they are compelled to kill or be killed. Complicating matters is a zombie-like resistance some characters have to the idea of remaining dead. The story violently explodes, blending bloody gore with psychological satire, for a truly original horror experience. The Atlanta filmmaking team of David Bruckner, Dan Bush, and Jacob Gentry tell the eerie tale in three parts (cleverly called "transmissions"), shifting perspectives to draw out a larger story that explores dark secrets and fears as well as jealousy and betrayal.

Not for the faint of heart, The Signal will nonetheless satisfy those looking for a smart exploration of the power of media to mutate our minds. It is truly inspired independent filmmaking that will stalk viewers from every dark corner while examining the surprising human madness lying deep within.


People being turned into homicidal psychos by their cell phones? So it’s a documentary then . . .

The Signal is the latest “cell phones are bad for you” Hollywood flick. Considering how long they’ve been around it’s surprising that it took this long before any books and movies appeared on the topic. Most notably there has been Pulse the rotten remake of the Japanese movie Kairo and Cell, the Stephen King novel (which will probably also be made into a movie one of these days).

Expect The Signal to be 28 Days Later. . ., but with cellular phones.









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