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The Banshee Chapter (2013) Rating:
- Eloise = 3 / 10;
- Raoul = 4 / 10;
- IMDB = 5.5 / 10;
- Rotten Tomatoes = 4.2 / 10
The Banshee Chapter (2013) Synopsis:
A girl investigates on the disappearance of her ex-boyfriend, just after he took a secret drug notorious for being used by the government years before.
The Banshee Chapter (2013) Review:
The Banshee Chapter is the directorial debut of Blair Erickson and a fair try at making something a little different. The story is about a chemical drug that can activate a new sense and that allows whoever is exposed to see forces that they wouldn’t be able to see otherwise…harmful forces indeed. That sounds familiar to you? Yes, the concept is a clear rip off of H.P. Lovecraft’s From Beyond. Unfortunately, not everyone is Lovecraft and not everything in this scenario make sense. The story is complex and, most annoyingly, punctuated with story gaps and poor shortcut that makes it quite a pain to follow.
Putting aside that they got the idea from someone else, the concept for the movie is really good, but the problem is that it is not exploited too well, and could have been made into a much better story. Whereas Stuart Gordon did something unique with From Beyond, Blair Erickson turned The Banshee Chapter into a rather classic “curse” movie. Things happens after taking a drug, in a similar way that things happen in The Ring after watching a tape, in The Grudge after visiting a house, or in One Missed Call after receiving a call. The mechanism are very similar.
Another problem is that the slowness of the action. Looking back at it, there is actually not much happening. There is a good tension, but the movie relies too much on jump scares to make it a scary movie. Strip the movie of these few scary scenes, and what you got is a very simple thriller.