The Banshee Chapter Reviews

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January 17, 2019
Although it relies to a large extent on found footage, fear not the format -- The Banshee Chapter is actually a well-made, delightfully acted and best of all honestly scary brain twist of a horror movie.
October 19, 2018
Scare-for-scare, the most frightening film I've seen this year.
August 23, 2015
A smart, clever, and diverting little mash-up of numerous sci-fi and horror tropes.
June 12, 2015
...just another run-of-the-mill low-budget horror effort.
February 6, 2014
H.P. Lovecraft's From Beyond gets a 21st century revamp in Blair Erickson's solid first feature.
January 28, 2014
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.
January 24, 2014
More unsettling than actually scary, this slow-burning horror movie is directed and acted with style even though the script feels rather under-developed.
January 13, 2014
Not scary. And you can't have the non-found-footage part be as wobbly as the found-footage parts.
January 10, 2014
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.
January 10, 2014
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.
January 10, 2014
"The Banshee Chapter" is both elegant and terrifying.
January 9, 2014
The central drama never fully engages, but the jolts that "Banshee" delivers are check-the-locks scary.
January 9, 2014
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.
January 9, 2014
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.
January 9, 2014
A moody horror film from an immensely talented new director.
Top Critic
January 9, 2014
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.
January 7, 2014
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.
January 7, 2014
ambitious horror film, but too much of the time the viewer is just waiting for something horrific to happen.
January 6, 2014
A solidly unsettling little picture with good performances.
December 2, 2013
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.
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