Jacob Gentry, David Bruckner, Dan Bush
The film is broken up into three acts, each with a very different feel to it. The first starts as a drama/love story of sorts and establishes the three main characters and their love triangle. The scares are still there, but theyíre more subtle and intense than in the subsequent acts. The first part is my favorite and I think it would have worked great if they had kept it like that the rest of the film.
The second act is more SHAUN OF THE DEAD than the other two. It has some horror effects in it, but it doesnít take itself seriously and has more comedy than the other two. Finally, the third act wraps everything up and just serves as the conclusion to the action and drama. The third act attempts to provide more of an existential meaning to the film, but doesnít really have enough time to develop those ideas. All of the acts could have been quality feature length films had they been fully explored, especially the first act. As it were, I still enjoyed the film as a whole and appreciated the three horror types being combined into one campaign.
I canít say enough positive things about the acting and directing in the film. Even though the cast is made up of unknowns, they ran circles around some of the more popular Hollywood actors working today. Their performances drove the story and had me convinced the terror they were experiencing was real and impending. The directing was also top-notch with just enough horror and gore being shown, but not so much it turned into a slasher film.
The Signal (8:20:24): You read that rightÖ8 hours of the signal. Admittedly, I didnít sit through all 8 hours of the signal to see if theyíd surprise us with something. After about 1 minute of watching, I was ready to kill someone.
The Singal Breakdown (4:26): This is just a mini version of the making-of featurette that we see later on. It was ok for a quick rundown, but it didnít provide anything that wasnít covered in another feature.
Deleted Scenes (6:21): Well, one of these is deleted while the other is a quick alternate clip. The deleted scene is fun because it involves a run-in with a kid, which we didnít get with the film. The alternate scene wouldnít have had much of an impact one way or the other.
Inside Terminus: Making of the Signal (15:04): They briefly dive into the challenges they faced with having three directors and some of the tricks they used to save money. They get a little too existential while trying to explain what the film means, but itís a decent making-of featurette.
Transmissions (12:35): These were really great additions to the Blu-ray. Basically, theyíre deleted scenes in the form of webisodes. Because of budgetary constraints, they werenít able to show various parts of Terminus the way they wanted, so they made these three short clips to show how other citizens reacted to the signal. I enjoyed the family that heard the signal in the car.
Hap Hapgood Story (10:02): This is the full version of the short film they showed in the beginning of the film. For a ten minute film, itís pretty creepy, but worked really well to set up the film. Itís nice to see included on the disc, but itís not something Iíd watch again.
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