It was almost a year ago exactly, when The Signal wowed audiences at SXSW 2007. I remember the first screening, it was a rainy Sunday night and the film geeks who showed up were ready to have their minds blown. And, their minds were blown. Magnolia Pictures, which acquired the film at Sundance last year, is releasing this techno-horror-thriller on screens across the country this weekend. For Austin, this includes an engagement at the same venue it played during SXSW: the wonderful Alamo South Lamar. Don’t miss The Signal, especially if you’re a real fan of fright flicks. Big time Signal booster Scott Weinberg recently profiled some of the film’s extended team for FEARnet. Here’s some of what they have to say:
FEARnet: From an actor’s perspective, what’s unique about telling a scary tale?
Scott Poythress: I can tell you what’s FUN about it. Getting together with your best friends at 5:00 AM for week after week and throwing fake blood on each other! Playing with such amazing special effects that Toby Sells created for the movie and imaging holding an actual severed head! That’s just good ol’ American fun.
AJ Bowen: You know, I didn’t know it was a “scary” movie until I met our publicist at Magnolia and she told me she didn’t like me. (Really.) I don’t think there is a different approach. The story is still about human relationships. The scary elements are an effect, and we are responsible for defining the cause, so it’s really the same approach as anything else. I WILL say that the commitment level has to be high, because if you see the actors winking, the story quickly becomes a comedy. An unintentional comedy. And I think we’ve all seen plenty of those.