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The ‘CELL’ Trailer Rings in a Zombie-esque Apocalypse!

The adaptation of Stephen King’s Cell is ringing onto Ultra VOD June 10, with a limited theatrical run set for July 8, Bloody Disgusting learned.

Saban Films and Lionsgate is behind the release that’s directed by Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door in the Floor), and adapted by King and Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left).

In the film, “At the Boston airport, Clay (Cusack) witnesses a scene of chaotic mayhem when an electronic signal turns hundreds of cell phone users into rabid killers. Desperate to find his estranged wife and son, Clay teams with a train driver (Jackson) to battle the horde of murderous “phoners” as the city descends into apocalyptic madness.

Cell stars Golden Globe nominee John Cusack (1408, Love & Mercy, Being John Malkovich, 2012), Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson(Avengers: Age of Ultron, Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction) and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan, The Hunger Games).

The trailer looks like a post-apocalyptic zombie movie that reminds me of Magnolia Pictures’ 2007 The Signal, which was directed by David Bruckner, Jacob Gentry, and Dan Bush. The set up is pretty simple as cell phones, which nearly everyone in the world owns, sent out a signal that turns people into monsters. The footage is littered with hordes, yet the final shot sets up something more. Is there an evolution to the infected?

Saban recently came in and saved Rob Zombie’s 31, too.

Thanks to Fabien M. for the tip.




  • Saturn

    I reckon I’ll be checking that out – looks pretty good.
    Cusack and Jackson back together again in a King movie…..

  • Seal Clubber

    Mike Hammer is in it? I’m sold !

  • Dave

    They already made this movie a few years ago, and it was called ‘The Signal.’ No, not the one about aliens. And it was a lot better than this looks, which is pretty bad.

    • Peter Johnson

      You think maybe The Signal got the idea from the book?

      • Dave

        Maybe. Maybe not? It’s not that unique of a concept.

        • Peter Johnson

          Not it isn’t. It just seemed as if the comment was claiming this is a rip off of The Signal.

          • Tigernan Quinn

            Or the pulse. By the way, both of those movies were Korean originals.

  • Alanmac


  • I’m sick of zombies or things that look like zombies.

    • macguffin54

      Not me.

    • disqus_uPh3WDxbQy

      The beauty is that you don’t ever have to watch another zombie movie again. But it’s your choice.

  • James

    I liked the book but the trailer didn’t sell me

    • Kori Batchelor

      Agree 100%!

  • Braker

    The book was published in January 2006. Well before THE SIGNAL. Thanks for making the smarty pants comparison though, B-D.

  • pablitonizer

    just meh!

  • Fletch

    To me, the best scene in the book was the initial outbreak in the Boston Common. Really wish they didn’t change it to an airport. Other than that, it looks remarkably average.

  • Great… Another awesome book turned into a bad generic action movie…

  • Bobby1181
  • J Jett

    i’ve been excited for a CELL movie ever since it was first announced like 20 years ago(!!) when Eli Roth was going to direct it. this movie looks ok. i’ll definitely watch it but the trailer and footage didn’t “WOW!” me. i think part of the problem is the fact this movie was made/finished (if i’m not mistaken) a couple of years(?) ago. so much of what is shown in this trailer footage seems dated and has been done bigger (WWZ) and better (28 DAYS LATER, THE CRAZIES) but maybe i’m wrong and the movie when seen in full will be great! i hope i end up liking or loving it! 🙂

  • zombie84_41

    YESSSSSS DOPEEE. I had to stop watching but this looks amazing, at first I was worried when they showed that trailer way way back i guess that was a work print cus it looked terrible. But this looked really well done. The book was amazing too. I don’t remember much of it though. I don’t remember the main character being a boy I thought it was a girl the little kid or was the girl the one they picked up I know they picked up a girl along the way. But I hope this turns out good. I really do. Been waiting sooo long and I’m glad it came out now, because now Cellphones are even more the rage.

  • Kaijudude

    Unfortunately, i’m not wowed by it . I guess seeing a hoard run over a hill for the umpteenth time is just getting old .

    • Weresmurf

      Dem zombies need to crossfit man!

  • Harbottle64

    Not my favourite King book. Fairly gripping throughout, as normal, but the ending gets rather daft. It will be interesting to see how the film pans out. Count me in anyway.

    • I agree. Really great premise, starts with a bang, very intense, ending is completely bonkers. He made his monsters ridiculously powerful.

    • Weresmurf

      It went batshit stupid in the third act, where he started talking about them ascending and shit like that, it was weird as hell. However, this is looking like it may have taken a bit of a different route, such as where he is where it first sets off (in the book wasn’t he just in the middle of the city or something for instance?) hopefully they fixed a few issues…

      • JP Andrika

        He was in a public Park and it was epic. This looks toned down in scope.

  • Gavin Dobbs

    Wasn’t Sam Jackson’s character, Tom McCourt, a soft spoken gay man? I’m not sure they’re selling that image with an image of Sam “Mother’fucker’ Jackson holding an assault shotgun in the poster. What’s really unfortunate is that he REALLY does sell the character in a very impressive, almost toned down performance in the trailer. I just have a fear this is going to be like John Connor where the idiotic, doesn’t sell the story, poster is going to hurt the film.

    • J Jett

      Gavin, i just now noticed the poster for the movie (for some reason i didn’t even see it when i was here earlier!) and i too thought that it does nothing to convey what the movie is about. even the tagline “WHEN EVERYONE IS CONNECTED, NO ONE IS SAFE” is awful and sounds more like a Lifetime Channel movie rather than a horror movie. LOL.

  • disqus_uPh3WDxbQy

    They need a better movie poster. This one is awful. But I am anxious to give the movie a try.

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  • La Molcajete

    I’ll check it out when it’s streaming on Netflix in a month lol

    • gabriel

      Don’t give it too much credit

  • Tigernan Quinn

    Oh. No.

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