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The Breach, An Indie Film Featuring Gruesome Special Effects and Slash

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When I heard that Slash had written and recorded the soundtrack for a sci-fi movie I was very interested to check it out. Not only is Slash responsible for the soundtrack in The Breach, but he is also an Executive Producer on this project which really adds to the whole thought process behind the score’s sound in order to elevate this independent sci-fi movie.

The Breach is based on the book of the same name by Nick Cutter and follows that narrative very closely. Director Rodrigo Gudino very clearly, brings together influences from horror favourites such as The Fly and The Thing to create a sci-fi investigative drama that many film fans are going to be intrigued by. Films where we push human ethics and morality to its extremes within a horror/sci-fi setting make, for me at least, really interesting and thought provoking films.

The Breach [Universal Pictures]

The setup for this film isn’t anything necessarily new with its small town life, and the cliched chief of police who just so happens to be on his last few days of the job, must investigate one final case. After a young person’s body is found washed up on the local lake with a mangled face, John Hawkins must discover the source of these horrific crimes, and the truth behind the suspicious goings on surrounding scientist Doctor Parsons.

Once the group of investigators are at the cabin, we are entered into this dingy and lived world, with well designed sets that make this film stand apart from other indie films I’ve seen of late. With cables and machinery entangled in the attic, this began to peak my interest due to the unsettling atmosphere of what was about to happen to this group of people.

What really differentiated this film for me, was the intricate prosthetic work throughout. The stringy flesh and bloody wounds feel very much authentic and leave you feeling disgusted. The Breach is clearly a b-movie, nevertheless it is filmed in a very cinematic way despite its smaller budget. The camera quality and motivated movements really surprised me and made me much more invested as to what was to come.

The Breach [Universal Pictures]

One of the film’s biggest flaws is it’s first act, which takes a while to get going, nonetheless once we see this person transform into this gruesome rabid creature, that’s really when the pacing picks up inevitably. Obviously the film has to set up character backstories, be it romantic or past feuds, you do need that establishment in order to feel for these characters in a small budget movie. I’m sure I’m not alone in admitting that when a film is compared to the likes of The Fly, your main interest is going to be the make-up and physicality of that actor, so having to wait and build up to that was a little frustrating.

I’ve seen many small budget independent films and have been heavily disappointed. However, this film really had a lot of elements that made it stand out above the rest. Creative camera work alongside Slash’s accompanying soundtrack makes for a semi-decent sci-fi horror. I would highly recommend checking it out for the special effects makeup alone.

The Breach is available on demand and to download in the UK & Ireland from July 10th and in Australia and New Zealand from 12th July.

 

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