Signal, The

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night with your TV mysteriously switched on, broadcasting a hypnotic droning signal. You soon discover that your cell phone and radio are contaminated as well. As you try to go back to sleep you begin hearing screams of rage and terror outside your apartment. You have just entered the world of The Signal, a violent, gory, quirky, satirical horror flick.

 

With a shoe string budget, Atlanta filmmakers deliver a three part tale of fear, jealousy, betrayal, and rage. Unlike zombies, the "infected" people are very aware of what they are doing. The unknown signal simply alters their perspectives, creating confusion, disorientation, paranoia, and hallucinations. The thing most intense about the film is the unpredictable nature of "the signal". You never quite know who is normal or who will snap at any moment.

 

I thought the gore, acting, and camera work were all well above what you'd expect from such a low budget. The story, although most might object, was interesting, unique, and nail biting. I was laughing and cringing in every other scene. Although the ending was predictable, I found it romantically satisfying.

 

I have a sweet tooth for films like this one. Not the goofy, overly bloody or sexual trash that pops into most minds when hearing those words, "low budget horror", but instead the ones that really try to make something terrifying and satirical. Something that really does pull at the emotions beyond the cheep parlor tricks of the genre.

 

I may lose all credibility when saying this, but I really enjoyed the movie and have the urge to watch again. I blame the signal.

Reviewed by: shea
4 Comment(s)
Andy said...
I enjoyed parts of The Signal. Overall it was well done and had some cool shots and concepts. Jump starting a decapitated head, the hallucinations, the gore wasn't over done or fake looking... There were several scenes that I didn't care for and characters that annoyed me. I would probably give it 2.5 stars. Way better than most movies I've seen made for $50,000.
Adam said...
I think this movie would have worked better as a pure comedy, instead of trying to take itself so seriously. I thought the comic elements of it were good, they just needed that little extra push to be great - but then it just got tangled up in its own feet, going back and forth between transmissions and showing us the same stuff over and over again from different perspectives.

I would say, for the $50,000 budget, that they pulled off a good little movie with some cool shots and some realistic gore - but other than that, I couldn't take much more away from this one.

Seems like they got so wrapped up in thinking they were telling such a great story, that it's like they were telling it to themselves - it's one thing to be mysterious and not give explanations, but it's another to confuse and bewilder people into never having a coherent idea as to what is going on.

I never once felt creeped out or tense or in any kind of "nail biting" mode, but it was better than the Ruins. BUT I did enjoy parts of it - the comical elements, and the shots reminded me of our own little Shea-Shea.

I'm with Andy - 2.5.
Shea said...
Yeah that was a good retort Mr. Fraze and I cant argue it...

The nail biting moments for me when I just didnt know what was about to go down. For example... a lot of the husband wife strife at the beginning, the pesticide torture, I just couldnt tell when someone was going to snap...
Adam said...
Yeah, the pesticide stuff was pretty awesome - I don't regret watching it, I guess I'm just flippin' the C...