Thursday, October 24, 2013

Halloween Horror Marathon: Part 4 - The Signal (2007)

Sometimes you should just block your ears to the hype of a movie. When you swim in movie news it's hard to do, but sometimes you've just got to switch your brain off and not accept any more information. The Signal is a movie I heard a lot of good things about and at the end of the day it just couldn't live up to the hype.

Probably the closest will get to a Stephen King adaptation of Cell. For those who haven't read the book, what we have, are people who go insane and kill when they hear or watch a mysterious signal coming through tv's, phones, radio's etc. Being a small budget film we don't get to see the full extent of the chaos, but we are given at least enough to string the imagination along.

Story wise we center on two characters Ben and Mya and then have the movie split into three distinct chapters focusing on specific characters. Each chapter is directed by a different director and does suffer for it. Basically an anthology movie but not, it does feel a tad schizophrenic in tone. It's still entertaining but I was definitely more intrigued by other parts.

I got to say that even though it sounds a tad negative I did like The Signal, I was just expecting more due to the praise it received. I mean look at the poster I've used and the quote that was pulled for it. Yep high praise indeed. Still at the core is an interesting idea and it managed to carry that idea without fumbling so some praise should be given.

Honestly if you are looking for something a little different then give The Signal a try, just don't go in expecting something fantastically delivered. It's solid and honestly that's better than a lot of movies out there at the moment.

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