The Banshee Chapter
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On the trail of a missing friend (Michael McMillian) who had been experimenting with mind-altering drugs, a young journalist (Katia Winter) - aided by a rogue counter-culture writer (Ted Levine, The Silence of The Lambs) -- finds herself drawn into the dangerous world of top-secret government chemical research and the mystery of a disturbing radio signal of unknown origin. A fast-paced thriller blending fact and fiction, Banshee Chapter is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony, and uncovered secrets about covert programs run by the CIA.(c) XLRATOR

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The central drama never fully engages, but the jolts that "Banshee" delivers are check-the-locks scary."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"H.P. Lovecraft's From Beyond gets a 21st century revamp in Blair Erickson's solid first feature."
‑ Scotty McKellar, The Skinny
"Not scary. And you can't have the non-found-footage part be as wobbly as the found-footage parts."
‑ Alonso Duralde, What the Flick?!
""The Banshee Chapter" is both elegant and terrifying."
‑ Sheila O'Malley,
"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."
‑ Wes Greene, Slant Magazine
"A moody horror film from an immensely talented new director."
‑ Laremy Legel,
"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."
‑ Sean Hogan, Electric Sheep
"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."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"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."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"ambitious horror film, but too much of the time the viewer is just waiting for something horrific to happen."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, Mark Leeper's Reviews
"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."
‑ A.A. Dowd, AV Club
"More unsettling than actually scary, this slow-burning horror movie is directed and acted with style even though the script feels rather under-developed."
‑ Rich Cline,
"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."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"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."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"A solidly unsettling little picture with good performances."
‑ Kim Newman, Screen International
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