Signal

Signal

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Director: David Bruckner, Dan Bush, Jacob Gentry

Cast: A.J. Bowen

     
 

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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… See more details below

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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 his brain scrambled by the signal, and now he's determined to make his way through the bedlam that's sweeping the streets and rescue the woman he loves. It's not going to be an easy task, though, and in order to sweep his love to safety, Ben will first have to face off against her rabid husband. In a city where everyone seems to have lost their mind, the only way Ben will be able to determine who he can trust and who has given in to their bloodlust is to find out the true origins of this ominous broadcast.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
An intimate study of the apocalypse, as seen from the perspective of a small group of survivors whose perception may or may not have been irreparably damaged by a sanity-scrambling transmission of unknown origins, David Bruckner, Dan Bush, and Jacob Gentry's ambitious sci-fi horror film fluctuates between horrific, hilarious, and hopelessly amateurish -- often in the course of a single scene -- but ultimately manages to frighten and surprise, thanks to the fact that these filmmakers were willing to take a few bold risks. Every television, telephone, and "connected" piece of technology has been inexplicably overridden by an omnipresent signal that transforms otherwise sane people into murderous psychopaths -- trouble is, the "infected" folks believe themselves to be completely sane. Ben (Justin Welborn) is determined to rescue his married lover, Mya (Anessa Ramsey), from her menacing husband, Lewis (AJ Bowen), but it's not going to be an easy task considering that the crazies have flooded the city streets with rivers of blood. The Signal is an exquisite corpse-style film told in three separate chapters -- each written and directed by one of the three filmmakers -- and as a result it's a bit of a mixed bag. "Transmission I" sets up the story by following Mya as she leaves Ben's apartment to return to Lewis: the two lovers have made tenuous plans to run away together the following day -- New Year's Eve -- but they're about to be driven apart by forces beyond their control. "Transmission II" follows Ben and Lewis' search for Mya at a New Year's Eve party gone horribly awry, and "Transmission III" follows everyone to the terminal where Mya and Ben had planned to rendezvous. Each transmission has its fair share of surprises, and it's fun to watch as the filmmakers try out different narrative techniques, toy with viewers' expectations, and attempt to make the audience experience the disorientation of the "infected" firsthand. Bruckner, Bush, and Gentry are just starting out in the world of filmmaking, so in order to become truly immersed in their respective stories it's often necessary to overlook some of the more amateurish aspects of the production. The continuity and logic often leave something to be desired, and the acting is a bit uneven for starters (though AJ Bowen, Scott Poythress, and Chad McKnight do stand out as the unpredictable husband, the well-meaning landlord, and the clueless party guest respectively), but innovation and creativity ultimately win out in the end. The second transmission highlights the inherent absurdity of the situation, often bordering on outright comedy before delivering some of the biggest shocks that the film has to offer. In the end, it's obvious that each filmmaker took some very distinct risks with their respective transmissions, and viewers hungry for a creative alternative to the typical box-office fright fare are more likely than not to appreciate their efforts.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2008
UPC:
0876964001045
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
R
Source:
Magnolia
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
67,536

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Inside Terminus: The Making of The Signal; Signal breakdown; Transmission Intro; Transmission 14: Technical Difficulties; Transmission 23: The Return; Transmission 37: Crosstown Traffic; The Hap Hapgood Story (Short Film); "The Signal"; Director's commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
A.J. Bowen Lewis Denton
Anessa Ramsey Mya
Justin Welborn Ben Capstone
Scott Poythress Clark
Sahr Ngaujah Rod
Suehyla El-Attar Janice
Cheri Christian Anna
Matt Stenton Jerry
Lindsey Garrett Laura
Chadrian Morris Jim Parsons
Christopher Thomas Actor
Chad McKnight Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons Actor

Technical Credits
David Bruckner Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Screenwriter
Dan Bush Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Screenwriter
Jacob Gentry Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Lab 601 Co-producer
Linda Burns Associate Producer
Caroline Deiter Costumes/Costume Designer
Hilton Garrett Executive Producer
Ben Lovett Score Composer
Gretchen Mathis Makeup
Michael McReynolds Sound/Sound Designer
Alexander Motlagh Producer
Jeremiah Prescott Sound/Sound Designer
Jason Price Special Effects Supervisor
Morris Ruskin Executive Producer
Toby Sells Makeup Special Effects
Aron Siegel Sound/Sound Designer
JD Taylor Associate Producer
Lisa Yeiser Production Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Signal
1. The Keys [8:33]
2. Help Me [2:31]
3. Telling Stories [4:59]
4. Out of Control [4:39]
5. A Massacre [4:05]
6. Mad Crazy [4:42]
7. Meeting Somebody [5:17]
8. What You Had to Do [5:03]
9. Something to Show [4:55]
10. Party Guests [8:09]
11. Dance Partner [2:00]
12. Damaged Goods [6:45]
13. Where's Mya? [3:21]
14. Understand the Message [6:44]
15. About the Girl [6:41]
16. Broadcasting Thoughts [6:51]
17. Trust Me [4:36]
18. My Wife [4:45]
19. Waking Up [1:52]
20. Welcome Home [6:38]

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