The Banshee Chapter

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  • Summary: When journalist Anne Roland (Katia Winter) goes looking for a missing friend, she uncovers the U.S. government's most terrifying secret.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Jan 10, 2014
    75
    Like "Cat People", The Banshee Chapter is both elegant and terrifying.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Jan 8, 2014
    70
    Proving the “Paranormal Activity” formula can still work when used with canny restraint, Erickson achieves good results with long, eerie found-footage takes that end in jolts.
  3. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Jan 9, 2014
    65
    Where The Banshee Chapter thrives is the overwhelming claustrophobia of the film.
  4. Reviewed by: Wes Greene
    Jan 7, 2014
    63
    Director Blair Erickson surely has style to burn, even if he oftentimes betrays his atmospheric shorthand and gets cold feet at the most inopportune moments.
  5. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jan 9, 2014
    60
    The central drama never fully engages, but the jolts that Banshee delivers are check-the-locks scary.
  6. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jan 9, 2014
    60
    Blair Erickson’s inventive low-budget horror film doesn’t fully live up to its provocative premise, and its extensive use of the found-footage style gives it an all too familiar feel. But it offers some genuine scares along the way, as well as a terrific performance by the ever-reliable Ted Levine.
  7. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Jan 8, 2014
    58
    Blending supernatural hokum with real horrors of U.S. history — namely, the MKUltra experiments performed by the CIA in the 1950s — The Banshee Chapter superficially resembles some lost episode of "The X-Files."
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 23, 2015
    9
    The story in “The Banshee Chapter” creates an almost instantly captivating tale around urban legends that arose after it was made public ofThe story in “The Banshee Chapter” creates an almost instantly captivating tale around urban legends that arose after it was made public of the black ops experiments the Government implemented on citizens during the 60’s and 70’s using LSD. That is a conspiracy lore ideology that I find myself trolling the internet reading. This element weaves eerily effortlessly into the Lovecraft world of horror, particularly the story surrounding the scientist that creates an antenna that becomes a gateway between worlds ultimately allowing both sides to move between. “The Banshee Chapter” pushes out a dark, nightmare that stays serious, flows nicely, and maintains a chilling atmosphere from start to finish without becoming boring.

    The acting in this film is pretty stellar, not too melodramatic or forced but so polished that it just seems over-rehearsed. The transitions between the found footage scenes and the standard third person point-of-view are balanced and move smoothly without the effects being made into some big production. The special effects and soundtrack in “The Banshee Chapter” both work nicely in creating a chilling, and entertaining atmosphere with moments that are gripping, and intense while feeling creepy as heck. The special effects are the usual gimmicks and tricks to create shock moments and suspense but the director maintains control of the elements so nothing looks cheap or pointless, or more importantly lacking.
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  2. Feb 1, 2014
    9
    I have not been this scared in a movie for a while! A promising new director! A lot of horror/ sci-fi filmsruin it by showing too much of aI have not been this scared in a movie for a while! A promising new director! A lot of horror/ sci-fi filmsruin it by showing too much of a creature or whatever. I find it far more creepier when you only see flashes, what your imagination creates is often far scarier then some bad special effects! I screamed at least 5 times and covered my eyes alot ha! Expand
  3. Feb 7, 2014
    7
    The Banshee Chapter isn't the best, but it is decent enough, compared to modern horror films it is a masterpiece. I wasn't on full edge, butThe Banshee Chapter isn't the best, but it is decent enough, compared to modern horror films it is a masterpiece. I wasn't on full edge, but some aspects of the film are shocking & disturbing. I have never seen similar plot on the big screen, so technically it is original. Don't expect Oscar worthy acting here, but pleasing enough. I liked it, I won't go on full recommendation, but worth a check. Expand
  4. Jul 15, 2014
    5
    If you are looking for jumpscares you will be served. Actually most of these jumpscares are all the same ''Dark room, open flashlight, BANG anIf you are looking for jumpscares you will be served. Actually most of these jumpscares are all the same ''Dark room, open flashlight, BANG an ugly face'' I could see every jumpscare coming from a mile away...Otherwise the storyline is nothing new, another sort of remake, the actors were quite well, the music & sound effects was fine. Unfortunately, overall I was pretty bored watching this movie... Expand

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