A first trailer for Shadowhunters star Harry Shum Jr's new horror flick Broadcast Signal Intrusion has been released.
The actor, who played Magnus Bane on the supernatural Freeform series, takes on the role of James, a grieving man trying to undercover a conspiracy after he witnesses a creepy broadcast signal intrusion (BSI) while archiving video tapes.
Going by the first look at the movie, James looks like he will get in way too deep as he tries to uncover what is really going on.
The video he sees depicts a masked person acting very odd, and as James uncovers more he learns a similar BSI happened during an episode of a sci-fi show. He also learns of a conspiracy that links to the disappearance of several women, including his wife.
Directed by Jacob Gentry, Broadcast Signal Intrusion also stars Chris Sullivan, Steve Pringle, Justin Welborn and Kelley Mack.
The movie premiered at SXSW earlier this year, and currently holds a 75% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Writing in io9, one reviewer notes that Shum Jr "shows great range", adding: "There's no tidy conclusion here, and it's possible some viewers might walk away feeling unsatisfied.
"But even with some dangling threads, Broadcast Signal Intrusion more than makes its point about how easy it is for someone to become fixated on a version of reality they'd like to be real – no matter how terrible or dangerous that reality might end up being."
ComingSoon.net similarly praises Shum Jr, calling his turn an "absolute powerhouse of a lead performance" and dubbing the movie "a fairly chilling return to the ominous tech-based horror of the past".
SlashFilm adds: "It'll speak loudest to fans of serial killer podcasts with a secondary interest in technological phenomenons, those rooted in perceivable villainy.
"Never an outright showcase of talents that we know exist – however, something genre fans might applaud for its throwback curiosity as reclamation and ruination become one with new-age pirate menaces."
Broadcast Signal Intrusion hits US cinemas on October 22. A UK release date is yet to be confirmed.
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