This Look Ma, no hands! And no head either! horror film makes a Mixmaster stew out of Poltergeist, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Re-Animator, They Came From Within, and Shaun of the Dead.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
This three-part horror movie directed by a trio of Atlanta filmmakers is set during the collapse of Terminus, a fictional city whose citizens are being driven to rage.
Matt Zoller Seitz - New York Times
In a movie about perception, misperception and the ramifications of misunderstanding, it's a bit ironic that the directors can't get out of one another's way.
John Anderson - Washington Post
None of the rabbit holes in The Signal go that deep. But you do leave persuaded that you've discovered some talented people.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
This uneven but impressive shot-on-digital shocker earns a marker in the mausoleum of apocalyptic horror -- a genre that's proving (un)surprisingly durable in the new century.
Jim Ridley - Village Voice
A movie that explores the common ground between visceral horror and sketch comedy, and finds plenty of it.
Jim Emerson - Chicago Sun-Times
[A] cagey low-budget horror flick.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
A startlingly original, smart indie film that so effortlessly mixes high-caliber gore, suspense and shocking violence with vaudevillian hilarity, it's clearly animated by the spirit of the classic Re-Animator films.
Tirdad Derakhshani - Philadelphia Inquirer
With just one compelling sequence emerging from so many filmmakers' efforts, The Signal is decidedly less than the sum of its parts.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Signal is electrifying, deliciously mad and twisted filmmaking. It's certainly not for everyone, but chances are it will inspire many.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Thesps get seriously into the roles, rendering the situation that much funnier.
Robert Koehler - Variety
A slasher fest that references such predecessors as George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead and Pulse, a 2001 chiller by Japan's talented Kiyoshi Kurosawa, while still remaining original.
V.A. Musetto - New York Post
It doesn't take long for the The Signal's promising beginning to fade into a haze that leaves the viewer exhausted and irritated.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Dave White - Movies.com
...suffers from an increasingly uneven sensibility that ultimately becomes oppressive...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Funny, terrifying and haunting all at once, this tripartite vision of postmodern alienation, societal breakdown and mental disintegration is as arresting as a baseball bat to the head - while still cutting to the heart.
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
Esforcando-se ao maximo para alcancar o equilibrio entre gore e parodia que transformou Uma Noite Alucinante em cult, esta bomba torna-se risivel apenas pela incompetencia generalizada com que foi realizada.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
It's definitely an interesting premise and the three filmmakers almost pull it off, but the last ten minutes were a bit of a disappointment to me.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
This is much more than a typical genre piece; it's a sort of hip, almost punk, combination of drama, science-fiction and horror.
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
The film is both an impressive "calling card" work for the filmmakers and a failure as an actual film.
Brian Holcomb - CinemaBlend.com
A bloody banquet of excessive, tasteless gore, but with an odd infusion of unsavory humor that never meshes with the horror. Think fatal car crash with a laugh track.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
All I kept writing down in my notes during the movie was "gruesome" "I can't breathe" "My stomach is in knots."
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
In the end THE SIGNAL will burn it's transmission into your brain and leave you with an impression that will never go away. This is that film that leaves you with that special glow (yes, kind of like after sex), the smile that doesn't fade and the convers
Brad Miska - Bloody Disgusting
Too fuzzy and indistinct to work on either a literal or a metaphoric level, The Signal nonetheless pulses with enough random static to hold viewers' attention.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
For a soup overseen by three cooks, the whole works reasonably well, with some pretty complex interlocking, A must for fans of nonlinear storytelling.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
tone shifts awkwardly to a Shaun of the Dead-meets-Fido-style satirical commentary on domestic life
Marlow Stern - Manhattan Movie Magazine
The Signal reveals killer horrors skills on the part of Bruckner, and to a lesser extent of Gentry and Bush. So if you don't mind a film that starts strong and finishes weak, check it out.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
You, too, may be feeling violently angry by the time the movie ends. Did the writers-directors sprinkle their reels with the script's airwave-riding rage-ohol? Nope: The Signal just sucks.
Tricia Olszewski - Let's Not Listen
It's all screwball fun until someone gets bugsprayed down the throat.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
It's a pity that the film isn't a little bit better, to really do the concept justice. It's not a bad movie...but it's not at all good in the ways that you'd hope.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The perversely funny, consistently spooky and pornographically violent The Signal, is the first great cult hit of 2008.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Has a certain gritty punch...but in the end it doesn't amount to much but the usual genre static.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
...brings new blood to the horror genre, but in the end, one vision may have served the material better than three.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
You will definitely appreciate this film's ambition, if not its execution.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
This is basically a David Cronenberg concept dumbed down to a bunch of sadistic jokes, lacking any of the master's humane poignancy.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
I don't want to come down too hard on "The Signal" because while I don't think that it ultimately works in the end, it is far more ambitious in both concept and execution than the majority of contemporary American horror efforts
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
The film suffers slightly from diminishing returns -- its first third is by far its scariest -- but it's still a bold, artful take on a popular horror idea.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
Ultimately, The Signal doesn't rewrite the rules of horror, the way those masters did. But its filmmakers do provide a creepy, bloody good show.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
The filmmakers' team effort gives off strong echoes of Stephen King's Cell, David Cronenberg's They Came From Within, George Romero's The Crazies, Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
For many fans of the genre, the success of the first act and the ambition of the entire concept will be more than enough to make them fans of The Signal.
Brian Tallerico - The Deadbolt
I really enjoyed the first hour or so of The Signal, but, whereas a movie can overcome a bad start, it's tough to overcome a bad ending.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
It hardly matters that The Signal is deeply flawed. This one has cult favorite stamped all over it.
Christian Toto - Washington Times
...a film-school genre exercise more than anything else; and being hyperbolically bloody in a very familiar way, it just isn't scary.
Kurt Loder - MTV
An outright horror film that nonetheless veers on occasion into surreal black comedy, The Signal takes Marshall McLuhan's famous statement 'the medium is the message' to extremes not explored since David Cronenberg's Videodrome in 1983.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
A botched sci-fi story about the horror that erupts when televisions suddenly start emitting signals that turn folks into maniacs (maybe we should have gone with Toshiba).
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The Signal is a well-oiled example of that oxymoronic Tarantino phenomenon: the arty grindhouse picture.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
An inspired low-budget horror item with a rough and tumble guerilla filmmaking flair. What it lacks is a steady focal point to rattle the viewer's interest and emotions for an hour and a half.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Ultimately a crashing bore in all its dismally grainy (what passes for) photography.
Harvey S. Karten - Film Journal International
... another low-budget effort from filmmakers who mistake cleverness for smarts.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The opening two reels of the picture are masterful. Then the rest of the film happens...this picture contains greatness, but only in the smallest amounts.
Brian Orndorf - DVDTalk.com
a good start to the year in horror.
Chris Cabin - Filmcritic.com
The latest example of how creativity can make up for an obvious absence of Hollywood money.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
[The filmmakers] tread close to zombie movie conventions but manage to come up with something fresh.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
There is plenty of style but little substance in this sci-fi twist on torture porn.
Adam Fendelman - HollywoodChicago.com
Plays like a trivia game for folks pleased to recognize a severed-head-in-a-vise gag from one of the most storied independent success stories of all time.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
A mood of utter chaos rarely makes you feel like everyday citizens are this close to snapping.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
An early contender for the worst movie of 2008, this apocalyptic schlock-fest refuses to admit that it's just another zombie slasher pic.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The Signal has a cosmic sense of justice that's often hilarious; a sense of irony about the suggestion that we really could amuse ourselves to death.
Eric Kohn - New York Press
If you're tired of zombie films or rabid people films, Signal is like a cool drink of water on a hot day. It's got all the goodness from the best of those genres while creating its own niche at the same time.
Jeremy Knox - Film Threat
Smart and self-aware but also disjointed and discordant.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
This low-budget horror film charts the fallout from a mysterious media transmission that cognitively rewires people into killers, and eventually turns out to be an imbalanced project that delivers increasingly diminishing returns.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
You don't often see horror movies as scary, nor comedies as funny, as The Signal.... The execution of the premise is wholly fresh and original.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The perfect movie for viewing after midnight, assuming of course you have no interest in going to sleep when you get home.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Funny, scary, gory and unpredictable, this is sure to become a cult classic with a strong following.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
Everyone is liable to have their favorite segment and each have their own merit. But before the story overshoots its boundaries, it's a pretty gory good time.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
The Signal is a moderately subversive and very proficient splatter horror movie of the sort David Cronenberg used to make back in the '70s and '80s.
Ray Greene - Boxoffice Magazine
It sure wouldn't surprise me if my fellow horror geeks decided to embrace this one quite enthusiastically.
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical