Signal (Blu-ray)

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The Signal is a horrific journey towards discovering that the most brutal monster might actually be within each of us. A sci-fi/horror/thriller that imagines a world where everyday anxieties become the catalyst for inhuman terror. All forms of communication have been jammed by a mysterious transmission that preys on fear and desire driving everyone in the city to murder and madness.


Studio Magnolia Pict Hm Ent
SKU 207656210
UPC 876964001373
UPC 14 00876964001373
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/21/2014
Rating Rating
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Editors Note
Note Much like 28 DAYS LATER, THE SIGNAL is a zombie film in disguise asking the question, "What would you do if everyone suddenly turned psychotic?" Conceived by Atlanta filmmakers Jacob Gentry, Dan Bush, and David Bruckner as an exercise in which each would write and direct one of three acts, the result is an experimental and apocalyptic horror tale with a for-fans-by-fans mentality that is cerebral and visceral, both disturbing and thought-provoking. In the first segment, it is New Year's Eve in the city of Terminus, and Mya (Anessa Ramsey) has just begun an extramarital affair with Ben (Justin Welborn). As she leaves his apartment, he turns on the television to witness a noisy and colorful swirl. The mysterious transmission affects all television, radio, and cell phone signals, causing normal citizens to transform into bloodthirsty killers. By the time Mya reaches her apartment, her building is littered with corpses, and her husband, Lewis (A.J. Bowen), shows the first signs of the condition, causing Mya to flee for safety. Part two is a bleak domestic comedy in which Lewis, searching for his wife, invades the home of a young couple preparing for a party only to kill several potential guests. In the final segment, Ben and Lewis traverse an intensely chaotic landscape in a race to find Mya.^With this artful and hard-hitting creation, Gentry, Bush, and Bruckner, have tried to cover all the bases, right down to an amusingly grotesque RE-ANIMATOR homage in the final act. Though clearly a low-budget production (we never see destruction on a very wide scale), the film overcomes such limitations with an intensity that lasts throughout the duration, and the cast of unknowns enhances the creepiness of the proceedings. Right from its opening sequence--a creepy film-within-a-film--THE SIGNAL establishes itself as one for horror aficionados.
New York Times "[Bruckner's] section is superb, with affecting performances, a sense of dread reminiscent of John Carpenter's 'Prince of Darkness' and many striking images." 02/23/2008
Jacob Gentry
David Bruckner
Dan Bush
Cast & Crew
Anessa Ramsey - Actor
Ben Lovett - Original Music By
Cheri Christian - Actor
Dan Bush, et. al. - Editor
David Bruckner, et. al. - Director
David Bruckner, et. al. - Writer
Jacob Gentry - Producer
Justin Welborn - Actor
Lisa Yeiser - Production Designer
Matt Stanton - Actor
Morris Ruskin - Executive Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 10137
UPC 00876964001373
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 103 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.78:1
Review Though in plot it shows more devotion to Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Pulse and Hideo Nakata's Ringu, David Bruckner and Dan Bush's The Signal is, essentially, very American in its paranoia. Set against New Year's Eve in the fictitious city of Terminus, some pretty freaky stuff starts happening when every electrical device starts radiating a mysterious signal. Without warning, random people start lopping off heads, slitting and stabbing with garden shears, and plain old bludgeoning people to death for no apparent reason...Shot on digital video in Atlanta for a (comparatively) paltry budget, this techno-thriller/horror hybrid isn't bashful in its hysteria. Besides the decapitated heads and smashed-in faces, we get drilled appendages, chemical burns, baseball-bat beatings, electrocution, and, at its most humorously grotesque, the business-end of an air pump to the neck...Though it precariously dangles between zombie picture and ghost-in-the-machine nightmare, the directors avoid easy mechanics and anchor all the freak-outs to the central drama. Visceral even in its subdued moments, The Signal is too aware of its structure to be considered anything but a commendable exercise. The scenarios and metaphors are relevant enough, however, to deem it a good start to the year in horror.
Reviewer Chris Cabin
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review The gimmicky yet strangely moving new fright flick The Signal distinguishes itself not through originality, but by smartly integrating just about every popular trend afflicting contemporary horror films. From countless J-horror movies and American remakes, it borrows the technophobic notion that technology is great, except when it transforms people into crazed monsters. From the current spate of undead romps, it borrows a zombie-like plague that turns ordinary people into unthinking killing machines. It isn't a remake, but it nevertheless contains an awful lot of Evil Dead and George Romero in its DNA...The filmmakers do a fine job of grounding the film in the concrete reality of an unhappily married woman grasping at a rare chance at joy, before plunging viewers into a hellscape of unimaginable horror. They similarly excel at interjecting bloody buckets of gallows humor without sacrificing tension or atmosphere, which is no mean feat given a script that involves a talking disembodied head and a clueless partygoer who doesn't realize that mankind's impending doom may be more important than scoring a New Year's Eve hook-up. Smuggled into theaters with little fanfare and less publicity, The Signal looks primed to die a quick death at the box office. But a richly deserved cult following awaits on DVD.
Reviewer Nathan Rabin
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Ain't It Cool News Quite easily the best independently made horror film in the last five years. The directors are the future of horror.
Dennis Dermody, Paper Magazine Refreshingly original - a bloody blast from start to finish.
John Razook, Austin Chronicle A supremely entertaining shock/horror film. It's brutal, gory, demented, sick, twisted, and a damn good time.
Troy Patterson, Spin Brilliant and chilling! You watch this movie while trying, impossibly, to hide on the edge of your seat.
Wes Craven Will leave you breathless.

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