The Signal – USA, 2007 – overview and reviews


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The Signal is an American horror film written and directed by independent filmmakers David Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry, each directing a segment of the film. It stars Anessa Ramsey, Justin Welborn, and Scott Poythress.


The Signal was created by filmmakers who have been collaborating since 1999 in Atlanta, Georgia and each of its chapters had different directors during shooting. The film was completed for the 2007 Sundance Film Festival on a budget of only $50,000 and shot over the course of 13 days.



As the citizens of Terminus ready themselves for the New Year celebrations, an ominous signal begins to emanate from every electronic device in the city, transforming the would-be celebrants into murderous marauders.

Fortunately, Ben (Justin Welborn) has managed to avoid having his mind muddled by the eerie transmission, so sets off to rescue his lover and discover the source of the evil-inducing broadcast. That’s easier said than done, however, when there’s hordes of killers roaming the city…

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“Fans of horror will do themselves a favor in picking up The Signal. They will find intense moments, some gore, comedy, philosophical discussions, and even a love story. As I said, these filmmakers are ones to watch.” Beyond Hollywood


The Signal is by far one of the best independent horror films ever made and the best horror film I’ve seen all year. Not only does it have an original story, but it also boasts a phenomenal cast and three up-and-coming directors.” Dread Central


“The magic of The Signal is that it is derivative of so many better movies, yet walks confidently enough in those initial 30 minutes to convince the audience otherwise. Once the rest of the picture falls asleep with a weird, quivering Hal Hartley arrow toward irreverence and unreal bodily damage (of course using the argument of psychosis to cover up the obvious seams), The Signal loses its aroma and whimpers to the finish line. This picture contains greatness, but only in the smallest amounts.” DVD Talk



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