On New Year’s Eve, all forms of communication suddenly get shut down and replaced by a strange signal. It appears to influence people and start making them hallucinate in such a way that they experience feelings of rage and panic. While the city gets ravaged by people that are affected by the signal, Ben starts looking for Mya, his girlfriend. However, Mya’s husband Lewis has been turned into a sadistic killer and he’s looking for her too.
Sound and Vision:
We get very hard and unstylized images that are nicely shown on the screen. We didn’t spot any compression errors or other things that spoil the viewing experience but things look quite realistic and overall you could say the style is a bit like that of Shaun of the Dead.
The sound does its job as it should. There are hardly any special effects but the dialogues are clear and understandable at all times.
As I stated before, the image is a bit like that of Shaun of the Dead and the same can be said about almost the entire movie. There’s fewer comedy present and it isn’t as absurd but the style and acting is clearly inspired by the work of Simon Pegg and Edward Wright. A such, The Signal will not appeal to everyone. There’s plenty of blood and gore present for the horror lovers but things aren’t as straight forward as you might expect. Instead of a standard slasher, The Signal is more of a love story set in a horror flick than a horror flick that uses a love story as thin red line for a story. A daring choice and it works nicely although not everyone might appreciate it as such.
Personally, I enjoyed watching The Signal and I would certainly recommend it to anyone but beware that it isn’t a standard work of horror.