PANIC BUTTON BY FRAZER LEE
l am a man cursed with a very limited attetion span. Even with a house full of gadgets books, games and a music collection that threatens to force me out of the hoose I get bored, and fidgety. You may be asking what has this got to do with this book. well before reading this book I had already watched and enjoyed the film of this book.
It may come as a surprise that I am not a huge fan of honor movies. Too many of them sacrifice a good story, tension and a cast of decent characters for pathetic attempts at shock. Panic Button, when you consider just how little gore is actually in the film was, for me, one of the tensest films I have watched in a long time.
So why pick up a book where I already know what is going to happen? To be honest it’s not something I normally do. Probably., the main reason is I really enjoyed Frazer book The Lamplighters, and if memory serves me correctly I think I got a copy of this book before I saw the film.
Panic Botton is an excellent novel on many levels, as a horror thriller it works very well. Fraser plies on the tension from the word go, a maintains it right to the end.
However it also works exbemly well as a chilling commentary on the modem phenomenon of social media. There has been a number of films and books that have tried to tie horror and social media together, most have been unsuccessful. Mainly because the social media aspect has been tacked on in a vain attempt to keep a dying franchise going on for one more pitiful episode.
Panic Button succeeds because the social media aspect is integral to the story. Character wise you could argue that the people trapped on the plane are well worn clichés . You have the party wild boy, the nerdy computer geek, the innocent virginal girl, and the single mother with problems, yet the strength of characterisation is so good it makes each of these characters seem fresh and folly formed.
This is an extremely good novel, that works wonders with the locked room horror novel. I highly recommend reading this book, after wich you really should go and see the film as well
HAVE YOU READ THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS? Four young people win a trip of a lifetime to New York, courtesy of their favourite social-networking website – All2gethr.com. On board the private jet, they are invited to take part in the in-flight entertainment – a new online gaming experience. But this is no ordinary game. Trapped at 30,000 feet and forced to play for their lives and the lives of their loved ones by their mysterious captor, they are about to learn that putting your life on-line can have deadly offline consequences… In PANIC BUTTON, Frazer Lee explores timely fears about online privacy and security, cyber bullying and identity theft. Based upon the screenplay of the film praised as “The Social Network of shocks” by Film4 FrightFest’s Alan Jones, this taut thriller holds a mirror up to our plugged-in society and compels us to peer behind the online personas that hide our true selves. “THE SOCIAL NETWORK OF SHOCKS. A CHILLER SO TIMELY, GRIPPING AND SMART” Film4 Frightfest “A GRIPPING PSYCHOLOGICAL NIGHTMARE. NAIL-BITINGLY TERRIFYING” Abertoir Film Festival “BRITISH HORROR AT ITS BLOODY BEST” Sky Movies “THE BEST BRITISH HORROR IN YEARS” Aint It Cool News