Owen Gleiberman
February 20, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Signal

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
101 minutes
performer
Scott Poythress, Justin Welborn, A.J. Bowen
director
David Bruckner, Dan Bush, Jacob Gentry
distributor
Magnolia Pictures
author
David Bruckner, Dan Bush, Jacob Gentry
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Horror

We gave it a C+

An electronic signal, sent through television screens, reduces people to their raging ”primal” selves. They’re not zombies — they are just murderously angry. Told in three sections (each with a different director), 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. The Dada gross-out jokes are inventive, but The Signal mostly comes down to rage fiends going at one another with baseball bats, knives, pesticide tanks, and power drills. C+

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