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The Signal (2008)
Starring: A.J. Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, Cheri Christian, Justin
Welborn, Scott Poythress, Sahr Ngaujah
Director(s): David Bruckner, Dan Bush, Jacob Gentry
U.S. Opening Date: February 22nd, 2008
Imagine every cell phone, radio, and television in your
city suddenly broadcasting the same mysterious signal over and over. Now
imagine these "terminus" transmissions evoking violent, uncontrollable,
psychotic chaos from everyone who comes in contact with them.
The Signal invades the minds of everyday citizens living
their workaday lives and having their sordid affairs. Suddenly struck by
the power of the insidious transmissions, they are compelled to kill or be
killed. Complicating matters is a zombie-like resistance some characters
have to the idea of remaining dead. The story violently explodes, blending
bloody gore with psychological satire, for a truly original horror
experience. The Atlanta filmmaking team of David Bruckner, Dan Bush, and
Jacob Gentry tell the eerie tale in three parts (cleverly called
"transmissions"), shifting perspectives to draw out a larger story that
explores dark secrets and fears as well as jealousy and betrayal.
Not for the faint of heart, The Signal will
nonetheless satisfy those looking for a smart exploration of the power of
media to mutate our minds. It is truly inspired independent filmmaking
that will stalk viewers from every dark corner while examining the
surprising human madness lying deep within.
People being turned into homicidal psychos by their cell
phones? So it’s a documentary then . . .
The Signal is the latest “cell phones are bad for
you” Hollywood flick. Considering how long they’ve been around it’s
surprising that it took this long before any books and movies appeared on
the topic. Most notably there has been Pulse