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The Banshee Chapter Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
TheHorrorShow
August 23, 2015
A smart, clever, and diverting little mash-up of numerous sci-fi and horror tropes.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 12, 2015
...just another run-of-the-mill low-budget horror effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Scott McKellar
The Skinny
February 6, 2014
H.P. Lovecraft's From Beyond gets a 21st century revamp in Blair Erickson's solid first feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Hogan
Electric Sheep
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.
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Alonso Duralde
What the Flick?!
January 13, 2014
Not scary. And you can't have the non-found-footage part be as wobbly as the found-footage parts.
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
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.
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Sheila O'Malley
RogerEbert.com
January 10, 2014
"The Banshee Chapter" is both elegant and terrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
January 9, 2014
The central drama never fully engages, but the jolts that "Banshee" delivers are check-the-locks scary.
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
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.
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
January 9, 2014
A moody horror film from an immensely talented new director.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Wes Greene
Slant Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
January 7, 2014
ambitious horror film, but too much of the time the viewer is just waiting for something horrific to happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kim Newman
Screen International
January 6, 2014
A solidly unsettling little picture with good performances.
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Simon Foster
Screen-Space
November 12, 2013
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.
Anton Bitel
Grolsch Film Works
August 27, 2013
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...
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