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The Banshee Chapter Reviews

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Scotty McKellar
The Skinny

H.P. Lovecraft's From Beyond gets a 21st century revamp in Blair Erickson's solid first feature.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 4/5

February 6, 2014
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Although no single strand within it can be called original, Banshee Chapter blends them flawlessly, delivering the most convincing piece of otherworldly horror for years.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

January 10, 2014
Louis Proyect

X-Files style horror movie based on MK-Ultra drug experiments. Ted Levine as a Hunter Thompson character is superb. On a budget, the film is a lot scarier than most of the more expensive "apparition" type movies showing up at the Cineplex.

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January 10, 2014
Sheila O'Malley

"The Banshee Chapter" is both elegant and terrifying.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

January 10, 2014
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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The central drama never fully engages, but the jolts that "Banshee" delivers are check-the-locks scary.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

January 9, 2014
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

Ultimately, Banshee Chapter isn't a game-changer, but it's a tight, neatly constructed little shocker that delivers what it promises -- would that many bigger films could say the same.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 9, 2014
Brian Orndorf

Although it doesn't push the limits of horror as far as it could, the feature offers a mildly unnerving journey into the abyss of the brain, dialing up the creep-out factor as it investigates a nightmare rooted in reality.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

January 9, 2014
Laremy Legel
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A moody horror film from an immensely talented new director.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 6.5/10

January 9, 2014
Wes Greene
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 7, 2014
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews

ambitious horror film, but too much of the time the viewer is just waiting for something horrific to happen.

Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews | Original Score: 6/10

January 7, 2014
Kim Newman
Screen International

A solidly unsettling little picture with good performances.

Full Review Source: Screen International

January 6, 2014
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered

Blair Erickson's The Banshee Chapter is a relentless bit of horror that mixes governmental conspiracies and psychedelic drugs for one hell of a traumatizing trip.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7/10

December 2, 2013
Simon Foster

The twist ending doesn't quite impact as it should, but that is mostly because Erickson's imagery and storytelling has scaled such convincingly offbeat heights up to that point. He is a filmmaker to watch.

Full Review Source: Screen-Space

November 12, 2013
Anton Bitel
Grolsch Film Works

It works as a gonzo exposť of some of the 20th century's madder moments - but perhaps more importantly, this psychotropic remapping of history never forgets to be proper jump-out-of-your-seat scary. Think of it as Fear and Loathing in Chamber 5...

Full Review Source: Grolsch Film Works

August 27, 2013
Sean Hogan
Electric Sheep

The film avoids any real attempt at constructing scarily effective set-pieces in favour of having one of the unnamed entities pop screeching out of the dark whack-a-mole-style every few minutes.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

January 28, 2014
Rich Cline

More unsettling than actually scary, this slow-burning horror movie is directed and acted with style even though the script feels rather under-developed.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 24, 2014
Alonso Duralde
What the Flick?!

Not scary. And you can't have the non-found-footage part be as wobbly as the found-footage parts.

Full Review Source: What the Flick?!

January 13, 2014
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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The Banshee Chapter can't seem to decide if it wants to be a found-footage horror movie, or a more traditional one. To its detriment, it splits the difference.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

January 9, 2014
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