Briefly, because a couple of people have asked me about it, here's my take on The Signal. I can understand why it's being celebrated in some quarters: The first act is a top-notch horror movie dealing with the effects of a mysterious transmission that, apparently, takes over every broadcast and cable television channel serving Terminal City (heh), amplifying the violent tendencies inside ordinary people until they manifest in explosive fits of brutality. (Talk about rage zombies!) Shot in low-grade HD, the movie picks up the story thread of Mya Denton (Anessa Ramsey), who, as the movie begins, wakes up in bed with her boyfriend and then goes home to her husband. Mya is a pretty, horror-movie blonde -- simultaneously tough and vulnerable -- and as long as we watch the story unfold through her eyes, hubby Lewis Denton (A.J. Bowen) moving through layers of rage as he seethes over her infidelity, The Signal is absolutely dynamite. It's like the lovechild of Cronenberg, Carpenter and Romero.
The film's trailer (above), which is a good précis on its sadly squandered potential for awesomeness, draws almost exclusively on scenes from the film's first third. On the evidence, director David Bruckner deserves the chance to do more of this. His colleagues Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry have some 'splainin to do. C+
Posted by on June 20, 2008 8:24 PM