The Signal



          Yeah, that's what happened to Ken. He was watching TV and it

                    made him go bad.   


The film opens, showing that Mya (Anessa Ramsey) is cheating on her husband Lewis with a man named Ben (Justin Welborn). They plan to escape from on a train together that night, which is new years eve. As Mya exits, Ben turns the TV on, showing a bizarre, psychedelic group of images. Mya begins to listen to a CD given to her by Ben, but is menaced by men who are acting strangely in a parking garage. When she reaches her apartment building, she finds people acting strangely in the halls as well.

Once inside her apartment, Lewis and two friends attempt to fix the TV, but Lewis, the first to react to the signal, beats one of them to death with a baseball bat. Mya escapes in panic and finds the hall in chaos with people killing each other. Mya hides out in the apartment across the hall until morning, when she meets another survivor, Rod (Sahr Ngaujah). Together, they escape, and attempt to drive to safety, but Rod turns on the radio, exposing himself to the signal, and goes insane. He attacks Mya, who crashes the car.

The story turns to Ben, who finds the duct-taped Lewis and loosens his bonds. Lewis renders Ben unconscious and puts his body in the back of a van. At a nearby apartment, Anna (Cheri Christian) is setting up for a new years party, when Clark (Scott Poythress) comes in. The two begin attempting to figure out what is happening, as Anna had to kill her husband, and Clark had decapitated Rod who was in the car with Mya. Eventually Lewis makes his way to the apartment as a pest exterminator and attempts to befriend the two. Together they wait, and Lewis kills a girl at the door. They meet up with another man, whom Lewis eventually also kills. Afterwards, Lewis attacks Anna, by spraying her with insectiside until she is blind, and once he realizes she knows nothing about Mya, forces her to ingest the poison. He then exposes Clark to the signal in order to get him to tell him where Mya is, as he had previously heard from Mya, that she was heading to the train station. Ben comes and attacks Lewis with the pesticide canister.

Ben and Clark try to escape, but Lewis follows them. After Ben convinces Clark that the signal is a lie, thus breaking the signal's effect on him, Clark informs Ben where Mya was headed. Ben and Clark get to the train station, to find Mya tied to a chair, being forced to watch the signal. Lewis appears and strangles Clark. Ben eventually convinces Lewis that he is Mya's husband, and reverses the signal's effects on him. Lewis then destroys a signal-broadcasting TV, electrocuting himself. The story ends ambiguously. A series of scenes showing Ben and Mya escaping with Clark, stocking up on supplies, then going their separate ways suggest they've succeeded. However it then shows Clark was seemingly fatally strangled by Lewis and Mya seems to be lost due the prolonged exposure to the signal. Ben then places Mya's headphones on her and she closes her eyes. Whether this is a flashback from their departure or the final outcome is unclear.











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Directed by David Bruckner
Dan Bush
Jacob Gentry
Produced by Alexander A. Motlagh
Written by David Bruckner
Dan Bush
Jacob Gentry
Starring A. J. Bowen
Anessa Ramsey
Justin Welborn
Music by  
Distributed by  
Release date(s) February 22, 2008
Running time  
Language English