"James Hyland as Dr. Sam is the key to this short film's success... it is Hyland who really sells it. Enigmatic and maniacal, he lures you into comfort and just as quickly kicks the chair out from underneath you... anchored by a superb performance from James Hyland, 'Transmission' brings classic dystopian cinema to the modern era."
~Andrew Mack, SCREEN ANARCHY
"harrowingly fantastic... The piercing stare and gremlin grin of Hyland gets under your skin and lingers long after he is gone – almost like the Cheshire Cat... A film to be watched, pondered over, and discussed many times... thoroughly rewarding cinematic experience"
~Matthew Roe, FILM THREAT
"Transmission is Compulsory Viewing... Hyland's performance is disturbingly likable, giving the impression of a man fiercely loyal to a troubling regime for whom brainwashing and abuse of the regime’s enemies is a pleasant pastime... given the strength of Hyland's performance and the technical excellence on display, I would say it's worth your 15 minutes."
~Brian Tull, HORRORBUZZ.COM
"Hyland really nails the maniacal nature of a man who can turn in an instant. One minute kind and caring, the other twisted and evil... It’s staggeringly tense stuff... James Hyland is the standout… a chilling performance."
~GAMES, BRRAAAINS & A HEAD-BANGING LIFE
"disorienting and utterly hypnotic... James Hyland is downright chilling in a role that verges on dark comedy... 'Transmission' is like watching a dream and a nightmare duke it out."
~David S. Smith, HORROR CULT FILMS
"The cast is what makes this story work as they have this back and forth, well mostly just from one of the actors, that creates the film's tone and feel. In the lead part of Dr. Sam, James Hyland gives a performance that is just a touch outside the realm of batshit insane. He plays the part in a way that keeps a questioning of his intentions right on the surface... The film is really well shot and well acted."
~Emilie Black, CINEMA CRAZED
"James Hyland as the capering demon Dr Sam, whose mantra for the revised state – 'Together we stand alone' – could easily have slipped from the pages of V for Vendetta or a George W Bush address on the Special Relationship. Here we see the Lynchian non-human in full flight... Dr Sam is a psychiatric Josef Mengele, representing the forces of rationality perverted by obeisance to cretinous kneejerk emotionalism... it’s fun to watch him"
~Allan Lear, THE SLAUGHTERED BIRD
"Hyland's unsettlingly camp bonhomie and the surreal old-world homeliness of the bunker’s furnishings all evoke the work of David Lynch... 'Transmission' is a chilling psychodrama in which a trapped protagonist's only refuge is his battered imagination... deliriously disorienting"
~Anton Bitel, PROJECTED FIGURES