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A season of Sci-Fear on Horror in February
By James Whittington, Monday 23rd January 2017

No one will hear you scream on Saturday nights this February as Horror Channel launches a Sci-Fear Season with four ultimate science-fiction shockers, including the UK TV premiere of William Eubank's inventive and stylish fantasy head-trip The Signal starring Laurence Fishburne. There are also network premieres for Christian Alvart's Lovecraftian survival thriller Pandorum, starring Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster, and John Bruno's visually stunning chiller Virus, based on the comic book by Chuck Pfarrer. Plus there's another showing of eXistenZ, David Cronenberg's enigmatic body horror, starring Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Willem Dafoe and Ian Holm.

The season runs from Saturday 4th February to 25th February at 9pm and here's what these out of this world movies are all about!

In The Signal on the 4th friends Nic (Brenton Thwaites) and Jonah (Beau Knapp) are MIT students engaged in an online altercation with the mysterious hacker 'Nomad'. They get a lead on Nomad's whereabouts and, with Nic's girlfriend Haley (Olivia Cooke), investigate an abandoned desert shack. Suddenly everyone loses consciousness, and Nic awakens in what seems to be a secret hospital. What's going on? Where are Jonah and Haley? What is this 'Extraterrestrial Biological Entity' he's being told about? And what does the mysterious Dr. Wallace Damon (Laurence Fishburne) want from them? In Pandorum on the 11th astronauts Payton (Dennis Quaid) and Bower (Ben Foster) awake in a hypersleep chamber with no memory of who they are or what their mission might be. While Payton stays behind to monitor the radio transmitter, Bower ventures out of the chamber into the seemingly abandoned spaceship. The men quickly realise that they are not alone, and that the fate of mankind hinges on what they do next

The dream casting of Jamie Lee Curtis, William Baldwin and Donald Sutherland are lined up for the Network Premiere of Virus on 18th. Caught in a typhoon, a tugboat commanded by Robert Everton (Sutherland) comes across a mysterious near-deserted ship. Excited to find a vessel that could be sold for as much as $30 million, Everton and his crew board and prepare to move the craft, despite the warnings of sole survivor Nadia Vinogradiya. When a malevolent alien presence begins killing off the crew, it's up to steely navigator Kit Foster (Curtis) to get the rest of them to leave before it's too late. Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg, who has long been fascinated by the ways new technology shapes and manipulates us, is in familiar territory with eXistenZ on the 25th; a futuristic thriller which combines elements of science fiction, horror, and action-adventure. eXistenZ is a new organic game system that, when downloaded into humans, accesses their central nervous systems, transporting them on a wild ride in and out of reality. A leader of the field is game designer Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh), but when she narrowly escapes an assignation attempt, she finds herself on the run with a marketing trainee (Jude Law) in a race against time as they try to prevent the pod containing the only copy of the eXistenZ game from being stolen. But what is the game, and what is reality?

We've also got five further Network Premiers in February, more info on these later this week!


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