When a strange signal pulsates through all cell phone networks worldwide, it starts a murderous epidemic of epic proportions when users become bloodthirsty creatures, and a group of people in New England are among the survivors to deal with the ensuing chaos after. Written by
When everyone is connected no one is safe
Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for disturbing violent content, terror, brief sexuality and language
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Did You Know?
Distribution for the film was doomed from the start. Back in 2013, Benaroya Pictures and Miscellaneous Entertainment formed an international sales company, International Film Trust, and took the as-of-yet unfilmed Cell
(2016) to Cannes to sell off distribution rights. No U.S. distributor signed on to the project. In February 2015, new start-up distributor, Clarius Entertainment, picked up U.S. distribution rights for Cell (2016), and planned on a late 2015 wide release, and the extent of their marketing efforts was uploading a still image with their acquisition press release - no trailers were cut. Clarius released their first three pictures in 2014, and all three were box-office flops - Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
(2013), And So It Goes
(2014), and Before I Go to Sleep
(2014). Their other films weren't better off: She's Funny That Way
(2014) went through a bidding war, where Clarius won. However, if any of the studios that were bidding on the film, took the rights, the film would have seen its theatrical roll-out, but after Clarius left the film in limbo, the producers were only able to sell the film to Lionsgate for a video-on-demand release, and small token theatrical release. My All-American
(2015), now as Aviron Pictures, flopped hard, grossing a mere two million dollars in theaters, and The Outcasts
(2017) saw itself in a similar bind as Cell. Unable to provide payment for She's Funny That Way (2014), and its pending litigation, it is more than likely Cell, and The Outskirts (2017) would go down a similar path. Enter Saban Films, the same company who swooped in to save Rob Zombie
(2016), did the same for Cell on March 31st. Saban's marketing campaign revved up in April 2016, revealing the first official poster and trailer on April 26th, as well as U.S. theatrical release date: July 8, 2016. See more
At about 31 minutes one of the phone crazies runs into a clearly identifiable Ponderosa Pine tree. There are no Ponderosa Pine trees within a thousand miles of Boston. See more
Clay, I'm really sorry about your family.
Don't be sorry because there is nothing to be sorry about yet.
After the closing credits have finished, the catalyst signal from the movie plays for approximately 5-10 seconds, with no image, as if attempting to convert the audience. See more
To Be Loved (Forever)
Performed by The Pentagons
Written by Kenneth D. Goodloe, Ted Goodloe, Joe C. Jones, Carl Rudolph McGinnis, Willie Otis Munson See more