Amid all this summer's blockbusters, you might want to make room on your moviegoing schedule for anÂ eerie-looking independent film called The Signal.
The movie debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where Slashfilm called it "intense,Â mysterious, original and extremely ambitious." Those words can also fit the trailer, which beginsÂ with student Brenton Thwaites being interrogated by Laurence Fishburne in a biohazard suit, who asksÂ him straight up, "Are you from Earth?"
The rest of the two-minute trailer sustains the tone of that unsettling opening, and the beauty ofÂ it is that by the time the clip is finished, we don't know exactly what the movie is about, or evenÂ what the signal is -- but we can guess that it's not friendly.
The movie is directed by William Eubank, whose last feature-length effort was a sci-fi movie calledÂ Love -- funded and produced by, of all people, Tom DeLonge of the punk band Blink-182 (but don't hold that against him).
Here's the official synopsis:
Three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour: The tracking of aÂ computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. The trio findÂ themselves drawn to an eerily isolated area when suddenly, everything goes dark. When one of theÂ students, Nic, regains consciousness, he is in a waking nightmare...
Watch the trailer below, along with an accompanying viral video, and also check out the equallyÂ enigmatic poster. The Signal opens on June 13, and fans of sci-fi with a horror angle (my favoriteÂ kind, personally) might be well advised to listen out for it.