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Genre: Drama/Mystery
Starring: AJ Bowen, Justin Welborn, Anessa Ramsey, Scott Poythress Sahr, Cheri Christian, Chad McKnight
Director: David Bruckner, Jacob Gentry, Dan Bush
Rating: M18 (Violence)
Year Made: 2008



- Trailer




Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: -
Sound: -
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East
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A mysterious signal is being transmitted from all media devices in the city of Terminus, provoking murder and madness within the psyches of its inhabitants, and one man battles to save the woman he loves from the vehemence of her crazed husband. But, in order to succeed, he must first determine who he can trust in a city where everyone appears to have succumbed to the violence of the signal--including himself.


The teaser trailer for Signal had always been a deterring factor for me to find out more about this independent flick. Let’s just say that the loud blazing psychedelic video with it’s chaotic subliminal undertones messages weren’t really that appealing. It really felt like another cheap torture porn wannabe. Plus with a relatively unknown cast and the low budget feel to it, I never really even gave the trailer a chance to finish it’s pitch.

I have been wrong multiple of times with prejudgment of films and I got to admit the Signal was more intriguing than the first impression made by that awful teaser trailer.

Divided into three parts (or transmission as the film put it), this movie follows two “some what star crossed” lovers as they tried to meet up after most people from the whole city had turned murderous after being affected by subliminal message that’s coming out of the TVs, radios and phones.

The synopsis and first part of this movie would indicate and set up the unlikely romance for audience to root for. It’s not your usual boy love girl, boy must rescue girl scenario as there’s a crazed husband involved. Normally such relationship would probably meet the general society disapproval but the manner that this film handles and introduces this protagonist couple was with such sweet romance that it easily swept viewer like me into wanting to follow their fate out of this mess.

The introduction of the madness among the city inhabitants was also set up notably that it makes one want to find out what behind the mysterious signal. It’s not overly done and although it’s isn’t as scary as other well made zombie/ slasher flicks, it was remarkably done for a movie with budget constrain by showing only what is necessary to send the message home.

It then turns into a dark comedic with it’s second act (or second transmission as they called it). A rather unexpected turn of events and even though it wasn’t as strong as the first act, it had it’s moment with how it depict the psyches of those affected ones. It gave a rather interesting insight on how this people filled with murderous intent are thinking and justifying their acts of horror.

Then it went sour with the final act. Well to most people’s reviews and comments in various boards that discussed about this movie. Personally, it’s the weakest part of this movie but it does have some redeeming factors to it. The outcome was done in a messy manner that resonates with how the signal could have messed up with the thoughts of our dear leading couples. It was also done in a way that let the aggressive movie watchers to ponder about what it could have meant and why did it turned out in this manner. That of cause would leave some of those lazy viewers who want answers to be feed to them constantly a bit more than frustrated.

Overall this indie flick was a pleasant surprise. Even with it’s low budget feel to it, it somehow managed to capture the chaos and the love that blinds two lovers to get through this massacre. It also has an interesting take on the human psychology that make this a somewhat smart zombie flicks. There are also metaphors on human wraith, the overwhelming technologies around us and many others but I will leave you to find out with The Signal on your own.


One full length trailer that is someone less irritating that the teaser trailer but somehow isn’t that enticing still.


No flashing of ScorpioEast logo to be found in this dvd movie playback.

The dark scenes are notably clear and sharp and colors are well balanced in this dvd. No visual defects are noted. Strong bass were utilized whenever the mysterious signal comes into play in this movie and doesn’t affect the dialogue. The Signal is presented in English dialogue with English subtitles.



Review by Richard Lim Jr


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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