So far The Signal has had one of the more cryptic movie marketing campaigns we’ve seen in a while. The sci-fi thriller premiered at Sundance earlier this year, where it was met with a lot of positivity, and since then Focus Features have been playing things close to their chest with a trailer and poster campaign designed to mess with your brain.
And now we get to play our part in all of this creepy agitation by premiering a new teaser and a motion poster for the film. As for what all this repeating imagery means, here’s the official synopsis:
Nic (Brenton Thwaites of The Giver and Maleficent), Haley (Olivia Cooke of Bates Motel), and Jonah (Beau Knapp of Super 8) are three college students pondering the future. Haley is relocating for a year, and her devoted boyfriend Nic and his pal Jonah are helping in the cross-country move.
But their road trip across the Southwest experiences a detour: the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. Nic and Jonah have piqued this mysterious hacker’s interest, and vice versa. The trail heats up, provocations are traded online, and the trio find themselves drawn to an isolated area. Night falls, contact is made, and suddenly everything goes dark.
When Nic regains consciousness, he is in a waking nightmare. His friends are nowhere to be seen, but he is determined to locate them – in whatever form they may still be alive. His only lead is the man who now meticulously interrogates him, Dr. Wallace Damon (Academy Award nominee Laurence Fishburne). Damon voices concern for Nic’s safety, and tries to evaluate the younger man’s sense of reality. As the two match wits, Nic looks to break free.
The Signal is in theaters everywhere on June 13, 2014