Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Signal (2007)

This indie horror effort may have fallen through the cracks, but anyone reading this must pick up the film immediately. The Signal is extremely smart and clever, playing off of paranoia, dillusion, and madness but done so with a biting dark humor that is as funny as it is chilling. The combination of writing and perfectly adapted acting lends credibility to the absolute insanity being displayed on screen. The film is told in a series of three vignettes, but follows the story of a town gone crazy as the result of a broadcast signal that distorts perception and reality. A woman's husband and lover battle through a city of madmen to get to her, one out of love and one out for revenge. Packed with plenty of violence and gore, the film functions both as a psychological thriller and a straight horror film. The digital video filming also gives it a gritty reality, and despite the reduced budget, the desolate streets and filming locations give the film a HUGE scope and earned believability. This is one of the best films to come out of 2007, I highly recommend finding a copy today!

Rating: 9/10.
Gore: 7/10.



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7 comments:

  1. Thankfully I have my copy already, but have yet to watch it! damn this house moving bullshit. Been hearing so much about this one over the years, really looking forward to it.

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  2. Carl-

    I picked this up a few months ago. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, too. Could this be the first time we completely agree about a horror movie? I think so...

    JM

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  3. I think this is a pretty stand-out effort - however, I DO have to say that I think it has a sort-of dumpy ending. After the VERY strong opening and a pretty engaging and violent and just plain weird middle, I wanted the conclusion to be a little more of, I dunno, a spectacle. It just kinda peters out. But still a great pick, dude.

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  4. That is the one thing that I was not satisfied with either J, I wanted more and it sort of fell off, but based off of a comment made in one of the special features I believe they were going for something religious and political in the closing entry that I entirely missed, want to watch it with the commentary. Makes me happy to see that at least two other people have seen it with one more on the way!

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  5. Wow, I missed this one compltely. I have just added it to my collection and will be checking it out shortly.

    Thanks againf or the wealth of information. One of my favorite blogs!!!!!

    Cheers!

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  6. Thats exactly why I started the blog, hoping to expose people to at least one new film they may have missed! That and make dick and fart jokes.

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  7. I saw this a while ago and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was very different than I had expected, with all the dark comedy thrown in the middle. My only complaint is that it feels a bit too much like three different films (by three very different directors of course). It's kind of an uneven experience for a feature film, but it's still pretty cool and I was definitely impressed.

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