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The Signal Reviews

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February 22, 2008
An outright horror film that nonetheless veers on occasion into surreal black comedy, The Signal takes Marshall McLuhan's famous statement 'the medium is the message' to extremes not explored since David Cronenberg's Videodrome in 1983.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 22, 2008
None of the rabbit holes in The Signal go that deep. But you do leave persuaded that you've discovered some talented people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 22, 2008
A movie that explores the common ground between visceral horror and sketch comedy, and finds plenty of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2008
The Signal is electrifying, deliciously mad and twisted filmmaking. It's certainly not for everyone, but chances are it will inspire many.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 22, 2008
This is basically a David Cronenberg concept dumbed down to a bunch of sadistic jokes, lacking any of the master's humane poignancy.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 22, 2008
With just one compelling sequence emerging from so many filmmakers' efforts, The Signal is decidedly less than the sum of its parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 22, 2008
This three-part horror movie directed by a trio of Atlanta filmmakers is set during the collapse of Terminus, a fictional city whose citizens are being driven to rage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 22, 2008
A slasher fest that references such predecessors as George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead and Pulse, a 2001 chiller by Japan's talented Kiyoshi Kurosawa, while still remaining original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2008
Ultimately, The Signal doesn't rewrite the rules of horror, the way those masters did. But its filmmakers do provide a creepy, bloody good show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 22, 2008
The film suffers slightly from diminishing returns -- its first third is by far its scariest -- but it's still a bold, artful take on a popular horror idea.
Read More | Original Score: B
February 22, 2008
A botched sci-fi story about the horror that erupts when televisions suddenly start emitting signals that turn folks into maniacs (maybe we should have gone with Toshiba).
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
February 22, 2008
You will definitely appreciate this film's ambition, if not its execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 22, 2008
I really enjoyed the first hour or so of The Signal, but, whereas a movie can overcome a bad start, it's tough to overcome a bad ending.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 22, 2008
The filmmakers' team effort gives off strong echoes of Stephen King's Cell, David Cronenberg's They Came From Within, George Romero's The Crazies, Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2008
A startlingly original, smart indie film that so effortlessly mixes high-caliber gore, suspense and shocking violence with vaudevillian hilarity, it's clearly animated by the spirit of the classic Re-Animator films.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2008
...a film-school genre exercise more than anything else; and being hyperbolically bloody in a very familiar way, it just isn't scary.
February 22, 2008
It is the wildly chaotic and loony middle section where The Signal truly achieves a level of out-of-control B-movie brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2008
It hardly matters that The Signal is deeply flawed. This one has cult favorite stamped all over it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 22, 2008
For many fans of the genre, the success of the first act and the ambition of the entire concept will be more than enough to make them fans of The Signal.
February 22, 2008
I don't want to come down too hard on "The Signal" because while I don't think that it ultimately works in the end, it is far more ambitious in both concept and execution than the majority of contemporary American horror efforts
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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