The Signal
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As glasses are raised for a New Year's Eve toast, the denizens of the city of Terminus fall prey to a mysterious transmission that pulses through all electronic devices and transforms rational, sane people into murderous, rampaging psychopaths. All forms of communication have been jammed, and now the airwaves have been saturated with an ominous signal that preys on fear and deep-rooted desire. Though Terminus was once a city defined by conformity, any semblance of order in this concrete jungle has now been replaced with screaming, bloody chaos. Fortunately, Ben has managed to avoid having… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] cagey low-budget horror flick."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"None of the rabbit holes in The Signal go that deep. But you do leave persuaded that you've discovered some talented people."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"...suffers from an increasingly uneven sensibility that ultimately becomes oppressive..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"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."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"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."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A movie that explores the common ground between visceral horror and sketch comedy, and finds plenty of it."
‑ Jim Emerson, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"This is much more than a typical genre piece; it's a sort of hip, almost punk, combination of drama, science-fiction and horror."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"All I kept writing down in my notes during the movie was "gruesome" "I can't breathe" "My stomach is in knots.""
‑ Kevin McCarthy, WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
"It doesn't take long for the The Signal's promising beginning to fade into a haze that leaves the viewer exhausted and irritated."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The Signal is electrifying, deliciously mad and twisted filmmaking. It's certainly not for everyone, but chances are it will inspire many."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"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."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The film is both an impressive "calling card" work for the filmmakers and a failure as an actual film."
‑ Brian Holcomb,
"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"
‑ Brad Miska, Bloody Disgusting
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