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#71 is the schizo horror flick The Signal (2007). The premise here is that some sort of amplified signal is going out on every TV and radio broadcast in the area, not to mention cell phones. And that signal is making everyone crazy, as people kill those around them and do all sorts of other weird crap to their neighbors, friends and spouses. Very similar to Stephen King's novel Cell, which came out in 2006 (and was made into a crummy movie a couple of years ago). This was... filmed by three directors who helmed their own individual segments of the film, unsurprisingly leading to a number of different styles and jumpy shifts in tone. The opening segment is easily the scariest and most effective as we see residents of an apartment building acting very weird. Reminds one of the opening scenes of the original Day of the Dead. The second part ventures into Shaun of the Dead territory as several of the nutballs (and even a sane prison or two) enter a house getting ready for a New Year's Eve party. The carnage and the characters here are borderline slapstick, kind of jarring after the strong open. Finally, the latter third gets more serious as the focus shifts to a pair of lovers trying to reconnect amidst all of this carnage at a train station. It's hard to recommend The Signal to all but the fiercest sci-fi and horror fans, cause it's so darn erratic. The shift in tone from deadly serious to comic back to serious again is not well handled - which you might have expected from three different directors (who also wrote their own portions of the film). It's a curiosity on a slow night but no better.

TLA one-word review: peculiar

THE SIGNAL (2007)

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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