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The Signal [Blu-ray]

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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 signal that preys on the fears and desires of everyone in the city. Told in three parts from three unique perspectives by three visionary directors, The Signal is a horrific journey toward discovering that the most brutal monster might actually be within all of us. (Magnolia Pictures)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Anessa Ramsey, Justin Welborn, Scott Poythress, Sahr Ngaujah, AJ Bowen
  • Directors: Dan Bush, David Bruckner, Jacob Gentry
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001662FLE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,470 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Signal [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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"The Signal" is the work of natural independent filmmakers, and it shows because they focus on actual storytelling instead of unimportant details. You watch it without analyzing anything--you just let the story happen, and you take it for almost everything it's worth. The surprising thing is that it achieves all this despite being a supernatural thriller, a genre notorious for trying to explain everything; here's a story that explains virtually nothing yet still manages to be both understandable and frightening. The basic idea seems unnerving enough, if a little too reminiscent of Stephen King's "Cell": in the fictional city of Terminus (whose very name must be symbolic), a signal sent through television sets on New Year's Eve makes anyone watching it irrational, paranoid, psychotic, and homicidal. This signal, wherever it came from, distorts perceptions of reality and makes the victim see things that aren't there and understand things that make no sense. As a result, people kill each other left and right for no apparent reason. They have The Crazy in their heads.

In the midst of this chaos are three main characters caught in a bizarre love triangle, and this is fitting since the film is divided into three distinct sections, or in this case, transmissions. The first, called "Crazy in Love," introduces us to Mya (Anessa Ramsey) and Ben (Justin Welborn), who are secretly having an affair. Ben awakens in the middle of the night and notices his TV, which he thought had been turned off; not only is it on, the screen shows nothing but patterned white static, as well. Then Mya awakens, and when she realizes what time it is, she hurriedly dresses and heads for home.
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The three segments were directed by three different people, and the shifting gears are very, very noticeable. The first segment is violent and disturbing without much humor, followed by a second act which becomes broadly (although darkly) comic and then shifts sharply back to disturbing and violent, and the tone of the third segment is back to more or less straight horror/apocalypse.

I thought the uncertainty about who is affected by the Signal and who is not, and the fact that different characters are affected to different degrees, was a very interesting direction and adds a lot of paranoia to an already paranoid situation.

Overall, this had a fresh and creative feel, and was well worth watching. Do watch the extra vignettes that were shot for the DVD, portraying some scenes that occur at other locations in Terminus, not involving the characters of the main film. They are more in the darkly comic vein, particularly the scene with the husband, wife, and children in a minivan.
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Right off the bat, EVERY ONE'S GOTTA SEE THIS!!! This's gotta be one of the best independent horror flicks that I've seen in a loooooong time. The plot in a nut shell (as not to give away too much) is basically about a mysterious "signal" broadcast over television, phone, radio, etc, etc that turns anyone who watches or listens into paranoid homocidal nuts. This is truely a well acted, frightening flick (props to the director)that'll have you at the edge of your seat through out the entire film. The other thing I loved about the movie is that as scary as the movie is, it's hilarious at the same time. I was literally laughing out loud one minute & then terrified the next. The movie shows you the perspective of the crazies & it's great. For all you gore hounds out there the movie lets the red stuff flow liberally, so no fear there (and it's not the amatuer kool-aid stuff you see in most low budget horror flicks today). For anyone that's ever enjoyed goofy/gorey horror flicks, you'll wanna check this one out ("Evil Dead 2" anyone?), I'm absolutely adding this one to my collection & I think you should too. BUY THIS MOVIE!!!
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I really enjoy this movie. I hadn't seen it for quite some time. I loved the use of multiple point of view shots to show the wide and varied delusions. That being said, You can't really pin it down as another plague movie, because there is always something to give you doubt about even the unaffected characters clarity and sanity (A really good example is the closing scene). I love the plot device of an unreliable narrator, and this film gives you many, you can just take it any way you like. I like picking a character and trying to see the events just from his/her point of view.
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I'm not going to lie, I watched this movie on accident. At the time I was attempting to watch the 2014 sci-fi thriller directed by William Eubank also titled "The Signal". After about 15 minutes I realized my mistake but decided to see this movie through.

And I'm glad I did. Despite the nature of the movie, the tone is far from serious, and it wouldn't be a stretch to compare the movie to another end-of-days comedy, "Shaun of Dead". While a plot summary would sound dramatic, anyone appreciative of a more, let's say morbid, sense of humor will find a few laughs. There is a psychological aspect to the film, and it does get graphic at times. But I felt I was being pulled in two directions within a single scene: between violent actions and lighthearted settings. In other films, I might normally complain about such disjunction, but it works to really demonstrate the madness of the mentally-deteriorating characters.

No, this film isn't going to make you think deeply about the human race, your place in the world, hell the love interest driving the plot won't likely register feelings of self-reflection. But it does entertain in it's insanity and is an enjoyable ride through a mad house.

I might've given it 3.5 stars if I could, but I did find the ending to be something of a disappointment, so I rounded down.

If you're interested in some easy viewing, like apocalyptic movies, and don't mind too much violence, you just might like it. But don't expect too much.
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