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The Signal (2008)

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57

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 30

The Signal is gruesome, funny, and has big thoughts about society, but those disparate elements fail to come together convincingly.

61

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 7

The Signal is gruesome, funny, and has big thoughts about society, but those disparate elements fail to come together convincingly.

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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

Jun 10, 2008

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All Critics (69) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (30) | DVD (3)

[A] cagey low-budget horror flick.

December 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Too fuzzy and indistinct to work on either a literal or a metaphoric level, The Signal nonetheless pulses with enough random static to hold viewers' attention.

March 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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It doesn't take long for the The Signal's promising beginning to fade into a haze that leaves the viewer exhausted and irritated.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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None of the rabbit holes in The Signal go that deep. But you do leave persuaded that you've discovered some talented people.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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A movie that explores the common ground between visceral horror and sketch comedy, and finds plenty of it.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The Signal is electrifying, deliciously mad and twisted filmmaking. It's certainly not for everyone, but chances are it will inspire many.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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...suffers from an increasingly uneven sensibility that ultimately becomes oppressive...

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Funny, terrifying and haunting all at once, this tripartite vision of postmodern alienation, societal breakdown and mental disintegration is as arresting as a baseball bat to the head - while still cutting to the heart.

April 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Esforçando-se ao máximo para alcançar o equilíbrio entre gore e paródia que transformou Uma Noite Alucinante em cult, esta bomba torna-se risível apenas pela incompetência generalizada com que foi realizada.

September 8, 2008
Cinema em Cena

It's definitely an interesting premise and the three filmmakers almost pull it off, but the last ten minutes were a bit of a disappointment to me.

July 22, 2008 Full Review
Sin Magazine

This is much more than a typical genre piece; it's a sort of hip, almost punk, combination of drama, science-fiction and horror.

July 15, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

The film is both an impressive "calling card" work for the filmmakers and a failure as an actual film.

June 15, 2008 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

A bloody banquet of excessive, tasteless gore, but with an odd infusion of unsavory humor that never meshes with the horror. Think fatal car crash with a laugh track.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

All I kept writing down in my notes during the movie was "gruesome" "I can't breathe" "My stomach is in knots."

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)

In the end THE SIGNAL will burn it's transmission into your brain and leave you with an impression that will never go away. This is that film that leaves you with that special glow (yes, kind of like after sex), the smile that doesn't fade and the convers

April 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Bloody Disgusting
Bloody Disgusting

For a soup overseen by three cooks, the whole works reasonably well, with some pretty complex interlocking, A must for fans of nonlinear storytelling.

March 13, 2008

tone shifts awkwardly to a Shaun of the Dead-meets-Fido-style satirical commentary on domestic life

March 6, 2008
Manhattan Movie Magazine

The Signal reveals killer horrors skills on the part of Bruckner, and to a lesser extent of Gentry and Bush. So if you don't mind a film that starts strong and finishes weak, check it out.

March 1, 2008
KPBS.org

It's a pity that the film isn't a little bit better, to really do the concept justice. It's not a bad movie...but it's not at all good in the ways that you'd hope.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

You, too, may be feeling violently angry by the time the movie ends. Did the writers-directors sprinkle their reels with the script's airwave-riding rage-ohol? Nope: The Signal just sucks.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Let's Not Listen | Comment (1)
Let's Not Listen

It's all screwball fun until someone gets bugsprayed down the throat.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

The perversely funny, consistently spooky and pornographically violent The Signal, is the first great cult hit of 2008.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Comment (1)
BrandonFibbs.com

Has a certain gritty punch...but in the end it doesn't amount to much but the usual genre static.

February 23, 2008 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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The Signal is a decent horror flick that had the potential of being a great film. The problem with this film is that it starts off promising enough, but halfway through it loses its strength, and becomes a decent flick. What could have been an effective horror flick is brought down by a weak second half. The film is watchable, but it could have been reworked a bit because there are some good ideas on-screen. The films cast do a pretty decent job here, and the plot is pretty interesting as well. The films faults lie in the second half of the film where it falls apart. I think it'\s a shame because this could have been a memorable horror flick with an effective plot. Unfortunately, The Signal leaves you wanting a bit more from the story, and as a horror film. This is a low-budget psycho Slasher film that almost gets it right. The script was good, but like I previously stated, if only there could have been a bit more effort put into the second half, it would have made The Signal a much more memorable ride. There are some elements that work well, but most of them don't quite get there. However you do see the potential of a very good horror film here, it's just too bad that some ideas fell flat. Overall a decent horror flick that is worth watching, but it leaves a lot to be desired as well. For a low-budget film, this is a decent try; if only the script would have been reworked a bit, then The Signal would have been a terrific film.
April 27, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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One of those movies where things only occur because the script says so, with a total abandon of logic and plot.
Sometimes seeing the signal makes you crazy...sometimes it doesn't.
Sometimes people die from multiple blows to the head...sometimes they don't. Sometimes the entire world (or at least city) is consumed by the madness...other times people don't seem to understand that their is utter anarchy in the streets. Sometimes a canister of pesticide will make you blind, other times it just makes your eyes sting for a moment or two. Sometimes it's a comedy, sometimes its a drama and other times it's a horror flick.

The constantly shifting perspective completely kills all attempts to build tension and the characters are all down right stupid. Why am I supposed to care about a bunch of adolescent adults acting like children? The female love interest in particular is the worst kind of heroine cliche.

Now I will give the filmmakers props for making a movie that looks descent in 13 days for $50k, but SHAME on them for going forward with this script. The Signal could have been really good, but instead it just ends up becoming a crapticopia of tedious nonsense.
February 4, 2011
kenstachnik

Super Reviewer

.A very funny slasher / horror film, A Electronic Signal is being transmitted on the phones, TV and Radio which make people kill each other there are only a few sane people left, very comical scenes. This film changes the course of infectious zombie movies. Opens like a 1970 Drive in Movie and turns to pure fun. 4 1/2 stars
September 27, 2010
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