On October 12, Kevin live-tweeted the 2007 microbudget psychological thriller, The Signal. Here’s a log, complete with time-code for your home-viewing pleasure.
THE SIGNAL 00:45 – Movie comes on strong at the beginning. Like a 70s horror flick with girls all tied up. Got my attention.
THE SIGNAL 02:50 – Someone adjust the picture, please.
THE SIGNAL 03:15 – Gratuitous butt shot. Is it creepy that they were watching torture porn naked?
THE SIGNAL 04:30 – It’s about evil phones. Cross between PULSE and Stephen King’s CELL.
THE SIGNAL 04:50 – So the girl gets out of bed with a bra but no panties. I don’t get this actress’s integrity choices. Not complaining.
THE SIGNAL 05:40 – This girl looks a little like Kate Gosslyn. And she’s screwing another dude. Coincidence?
THE SIGNAL 07:00 – This guy has such creative pillow talk.
THE SIGNAL 08:30 – Have you ever noticed that in any movie over the past 5 years, no matter how poor you are, everyone has a huge flatscreen
THE SIGNAL 09:20 – Generally, it’s a bad idea for a woman to “help” a creepy, bleeding guy in a parking garage.
THE SIGNAL 12:30 – So far… already better than PULSE (though Kristen Bell is hotter than Kate G in this movie)
THE SIGNAL 13:10 – Another huge flatscreen, and they live in a crappy apartment. There must have been a sale at the local Best Buy.
THE SIGNAL 14:45 – Husband: “You reek of perfume.” That’s usually what a wife says when she’s accusing a husband of an affair.
THE SIGNAL 15:40 – “Go wash off that perfume. I like the way you sweat.” Hi, my name is LEWIS.
THE SIGNAL 17:00 – When boys night out goes horribly wrong. It’s all about showers and baseball bats.
THE SIGNAL 18:30 – I’ll hand it to Mya. She runs when she’s supposed to. Better than your average horror movie chick.
THE SIGNAL 18:40 – Holy crap. Death by hedge clippers. This movie’s pretty intense.
THE SIGNAL 20:20 – Apparently everyone in town is watching the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey on their massive flatscreens.
THE SIGNAL 21:50 – Pick up the phone. Brilliant, lady.
THE SIGNAL 22:30 – Okay, I’ll buy that she goes back to her aptm to get her shoes. But to get her lover’s mix-CD? That’s just nuts.
THE SIGNAL 23:15 – Love songs and nothing but love songs to drown out the apocalypse of spontaneous murders.
THE SIGNAL 25:20 – “Did you kill anybody last night? How am I supposed to know?” This guy’s really putting his law degree to work.
THE SIGNAL 26:10 – “I’ve never killed anybody before. What do I do? I’m not gonna f*ck around.” This guy gets all the best lines.
THE SIGNAL 27:30 – This is a pretty awesome set-up. Like 28 DAYS LATER, it’s a unique take on the zombie movie.
THE SIGNAL 28:20 – “I taped up twelve people last night.” Normally, only a psycho would say that, but this guy makes total sense.
THE SIGNAL 29:50 – Rod’s got one hell of a makeshift weapon. Coat rack decked up with knives.
THE SIGNAL 35:10 – Any movie that has a second act entitled “The Jealousy Monster” is awesome in my book.
THE SIGNAL 35:50 – “I need some things that Ken borrowed. The hatchet and some garbage bags.” Wow.
THE SIGNAL 37:25 – “He’s kinda gross now. Are you made at me for killing your friend?” This section has the best dialogue.
THE SIGNAL 38:40 – “What if my party guests show up?” Keep it together, lady.
THE SIGNAL 40:00 – “Did somebody here call the exterminator?” This lady would open the door for a land shark.
THE SIGNAL 41:25 – Now this is a nice approach… showing the crazies’ thoughts. Pretty casual.
THE SIGNAL 42:00 – “It was self defense.” “You chopped his head off.” “He had it coming.” Apparently the 2nd act is a comedy.
THE SIGNAL 44:20 – Knife versus baseball bat. Who might win?
THE SIGNAL 45:15 – Why is it that no one washes the blood off during a murder apocalypse.
THE SIGNAL 46:00 – Those exterminator tanks are versatile. They kill cockroaches and neighbors with keychains.
THE SIGNAL 47:00 – That’s right. Just roll the dead guy off the bed. Sweep it under the rug.
THE SIGNAL 48:30 – In this movie, killers DO ring the doorbell.
THE SIGNAL 49:50 – Jim Parsons! Don’t kill JIm Parsons!
THE SIGNAL 50:30 – Look, moving the body won’t do anything about the giant blood stain on the carpet.
THE SIGNAL 51:05 – Jim Parsons is here, and he’s ready to party!
THE SIGNAL 51:40 – “When that ball drops, I’m just going to grab a slut and pee in her butt.” There’s a lot of complicated steps to that.
THE SIGNAL 54:15 – Jim Parsons: still ready to party, with or without butt-peeing.
THE SIGNAL 57:45 – A dark, dramatic diversion in the wacky 2nd act. But Jim Parsons is back, and all is right in the world.
THE SIGNAL 59:00 – This movie clearly needed more Jim Parsons. That’s its only major flaw.
THE SIGNAL 1:04:50 – This movie captures the essence of crazy.
THE SIGNAL 1:06:35 – Wait. Was that my savior Jim Parsons, or really the guy Kate Gosslyn was banging in the beginning?
THE SIGNAL 1:09:00 – This movie proves that baseball bats are better than cricket rackets any time, regardless of what Shaun says.
THE SIGNAL 1:11:20 – Well that answers that question. Jim Parsons RIP.
THE SIGNAL 1:11:45 – Wow! Gnarly head trauma. Didn’t expect that. Wicked!
THE SIGNAL 1:15:50 – “You just finish jump-starting her head.” Scary that this makes sense to me.
THE SIGNAL 1:16:50 – This is easily the best talking head scene since RE-ANIMATOR.
THE SIGNAL 1:18:40 – The improvisational weaponry in this movie is awesome. God bless power tools, sledgehammers and bug spray.
THE SIGNAL 1:20:25 – This is the second movie I’ve seen in a week that had someone’s arm stabbed after reaching thru a hole. (other: INSIDE)
THE SIGNAL 1:21:50 – The one guy’s aluminum foil yarmulke is pretty snazzy.
THE SIGNAL 1:24:00 – Whoa! Gnarly CABIN FEVER moment. But look on the bright side… she’s still listening to your mix-CD.
THE SIGNAL 1:26:0 – This place looks like an Amway seminar gone horribly awry.
THE SIGNAL 1:26:50 – It’s always good form to remove the aluminum foil yarmulke before strangling your victim.
THE SIGNAL 1:27:50 – You know, these people had to go all the way to the terminal before they found non-flatscren TVs.
THE SIGNAL 1:30:00 – The clear message of this movie is that too much reality TV can kill. Take that Kate Gosslyn, the star of this film.
THE SIGNAL 1:33:30 – I will admit. I didn’t see this ending coming.
THE SIGNAL 1:35:00 – Mya…. where is my mix-CD?
THE SIGNAL 1:36:00 – *Now* they’re washing the blood off? Better late than never.
THE SIGNAL 1:37:50 – And ROLL CREDITS! Mix tape lives longer in the movie than Jim Parsons.
Big thanks to @ajbowen @scottpoythress @bruckmachina @anesssa for making THE SIGNAL. (and @scottEweinberg for the connect) Awesome flick.
And another big thanks to @AronDej for joining in on the live-tweet.
Final thoughts on THE SIGNAL: Unique twist on apocalypse. Intense as all hell. Brilliant tonal transitions and surprisingly hilarious in mid
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