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Booth's Blog: "If you can hear it, you have been chosen..."
By Emily Booth, Wednesday 1st February 2017
Emily Booth April PremieresThis month on Horror the ground-breaking Sci-Fear Season takes over your screens every Saturday night with boundary pushing, thought provoking films that really get your grey matter buzzing. Personally, I love this particular branch of the genre where Horror meets Science Fiction; deep space merges with inner space, identity and origin thrown into question and reality becomes blurred with fantasy. This is cerebral cinema at its best and this Saturday comes a genuine 'must-see' a film that is endlessly surprising, visually stunning with a climax guaranteed to have your jaw on the floor.

The Signal released in 2014 is becoming a true cult gem. The film constantly keeps you on your toes morphing from indie road trip to government conspiracy to full blown alien Science Fiction. Story wise we enter a world of computer hacking when three friends, travelling across America get spooked by a troublesome hacker. Following the trace, they wind up in the middle of the desert at an isolated shack where things are looking incredibly dubious, their situation becoming suddenly desperate with a loud bang, when everything goes black. The film centres on Nic, a beautiful human being losing the use of his legs, who awakes in a clinical facility surrounded by men in Hazmat suits questioned by the chilling poker-faced Damon (Lawrence Fishburne) implying Nic and his friends have all been infected by some kind of signal. The friends are kept separate and, it emerges, experimented upon. But who is behind their containment and why? Government agents or something altogether more unworldly? The reveals and twists just keep on coming in this head spinning Sci-Fi, when you think you've figured it out, the film totally derails you!

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Lawrence Fishburne, in a role not a million miles away from Morpheus is again almost God like in his delivery of menacing calm so we are never sure until the final reveal who he really is and what his motivations are and when you find out it's a real punch. Refreshingly Director William Eubank places human drama as a top priority magically blending the nuances of emotion with grand science fiction themes creating a truly original and memorable experience.

Kudos must also be given to Eubank in terms of sheer imagination and resourcefulness. The film looks insanely big budget with its huge sense of space and complex SFX but was shot for around $4 million which believe me is low budget for Sci-Fi especially considering Michael Bay films cost around the $100 million mark and are not nearly so memorable!

I can genuinely say I've not been this pleasantly surprised by a film since The Matrix or Monsters and with that in mind, while I'm gagging to let you in on the 'truth' behind the film that will totally spoil it, so just watch it!

The Signal kicks off Sci-Fear Season this Saturday 4th Feb at 9pm. Remember, if you can hear it - you have been chosen!
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