The Banshee Chapter is a low budget horror movie based on the book "From Beyond" and also from the 1986 movie, From Beyond. I was amazed that this is the first movie Blair Erickson directed and helped write. He did an exceptional job for his first movie and I look forward to seeing more great work from this director. The found footage was brilliantly and expertly done.
The Banshee Chapter is a rated R movie that contains violence, very graphic disturbing images, nudity, bad language, drugs, all time scare factors, jump out of your seat scenes, suspense and government conspiracies.
Journalist Anne Roland (Katia Winter - Knight of Cups, Sleepy Hollow, HBO’s Dexter, The Stranger Within) is trying to find out what happened to her missing friend, James Hirsch (Michael McMillian - Micah the Asshole Ghost, True Blood, Half-Dragon Sanchez). Anne is concerned over James’ disappearance after being questioned by the police and soon starts her own investigation. Anne searched James’ apartment and found footage containing information on the MKUltra experiments. The subject matter of this movie is of MKUltra mind control experiments which were conducted during the Cold War by the CIA which also involve government cover ups. After a few mishaps, Anne teamed up with writer Thomas Blackburn (Ted Levine - Dig Two Graves, The Girl in the Lake, Deep Dark Canyon). Thomas Blackburn brought a lot of humor to this movie and I remember his role the second most. The first thing I remember when I think of this movie is the monstrosity of monsters it has that made me hide my face now and again.
There was so many loose ends in this movie that it was unbelievable to me but overall it was still an amazing movie to be rated a seven. I think there was loose ends to the plot because of how fast paced the movie is and that itself made it hard for viewers to keep up with the plot. The jump scares trump all because I did jump with my body moving and all throughout this movie with the awesomely scare techniques used in this movie. It has originality which were based on true events, thrilling scenes and horrifying creepy ancient evil entities. Blair Erickson did a great job putting ancient evils, psychotropic drugs testing and real life horror terror all together. One can really believe that all that happened in this movie can really happen in real life.
I would recommend this movie to viewers who are strong at mind and will not soil themselves during the scare scenes. The scare scenes are truly one hundred percent scary scenes and will make true horror fans twitch if not jump. I will see this movie again because of all it has to offer and mainly because of the scare factor.
About The Banshee Chapter (2013)
Starring: Ted Levine, David Midthunder, Michael McMillian, Kevin Wiggins, Jerome L. Williams, Tone Forrest, Katia Winter, Chad Brummett, J.D. Garfield, Cyd Schulte, Maud de Proost, Corey Moosa, Monique Candelaria, Jenny Gabrielle, Vivian Nesbitt, William Sterchi, Alex Gianopoulos
Director: Blair Erickson
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