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Banshee Chapter [DVD]

Ted Levine , Blair Erickson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ted Levine
  • Directors: Blair Erickson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 101 Films
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jan 2014
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FO9ZDCM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,894 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Anne Roland, a young journalist with an appetite for controversy, follows the trail of a strange government research chemical that might have caused the death of her close friend. After tracing the substance to the desert ranch of an infamous retired novelist, she's drawn into an experience of terror and frightening entities that she cannot escape. The events in this film are based on real documents, actual testimony, and evidence re- searched and uncovered from decades of a terrifying secret program run by the CIA.

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Winner of Total Film s Scariest Movie Award at Frightfest 2013 --Total Film Magazine

Guaranteed to make you squeal like a newborn --Time Out

Blair Witch clashes with The Ring... Truly Terrifying --Hi! Magazine

Guaranteed to make you squeal like a newborn --Time Out

Blair Witch clashes with The Ring... Truly Terrifying --Hi! Magazine

Guaranteed to make you squeal like a newborn --Time Out

Blair Witch clashes with The Ring... Truly Terrifying --Hi! Magazine

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Banish it Chapter, more like 19 July 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I usually watch any film to the end despite how bad it is. But with this Banshee Chapter, I had to turn it off after 20 minutes as it was so bad. I am not a fan of these new style hand cam movies and The Blair Witch has a lot to answer for. That besides, the cover and the trailer make it look so good, but it should be done under the trades description act. If I could have given it a zero score, then I would.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A few good jumps but sadly underwhelming 4 Aug 2014
By Richard
Format:DVD
Banshee Chapter didn't really do it for me unfortunately, there's some intriguing ideas at play here but the film didnt hit enough of the right beats†to be a memorable horror.

The premise is basic but enticing - a drug developed by a shadowy part of the US government has some pretty alarming side effects. A good friend of our heroine, Anne, goes missing after taking the drug, then his camera carrying buddy who filmed him taking the drug also vanishes. Anne decides to investigate further with the help/hindrance of a Hunter S Thompson style novelist (played by Ted Levine).

I wont say much more about the plot but it all gets a bit strange from there. The opening scene is a cracker but I didn't think the film built enough real tension from then on. There's a few jumps along the way but these are mainly from the usual tool of dark quiet scenes being interrupted by sudden loud noises or the sudden appearance of characters from the gloom.

The films had an awful lot of praise so maybe its just me, it wouldn't be the first time. I came away disappointed though.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strap a Seatbelt on your Sofa 30 Jun 2014
Format:DVD
This is a fairly low budget but very well executed ghost story. Ted Levine (a first rate actor, probably best known as Buffalo Bill in The Silence of The Lambs), plays a dipsomaniac writer who has been involved in experimental governmental research into mind-altering drugs. The effect of the drugs is to give people psychic powers so that, like mediums, they can be in touch with the spirit world. Predictably enough, when this happens it opens the door to a particularly malevolent spirit wreaking havoc with test patients. The film is slightly slow paced, but this doesn't hurt its effectiveness, it is genuinely scarey with several moments which will have you jumping out of your skin. The scenes of patients being strapped down on a chair and suffering the aftermath of the drugs, are far from gorey, but quite disturbing. The lead actress, who I've never seen before, is a thinking man's eye candy, and plays a journalist for an internet newspaper, whose closest male friend goes missing. She starts to investigate the disappearance of her friend, which leads her to Ted Levine's character, and the two of them then go off on a quest to solve the mystery. There is a twist in the tale right at the end, which you may or may not be able to predict. If you like the Rec movie - the Spanish version of the first one - this is in a similar style but with a lot less blood and guts. Well worth viewing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 13 Aug 2014
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Service was 1st class but the film was utter rubbish
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy the ticket, take the ride 14 Mar 2014
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This film is supposedly based around facts gathered from the american experiments into the mind-control drug MK Ultra during the 70's.

A young woman's male friend has disappeared after experimenting with the said substance. She decides to try and find out what happened to him - with weird consequences...

To sum up, Ted Livine suits his role perfectly. He pretty much carries this film, taking it beyond it's meagre roots. This is a well-made quirky horror for people who are adverse to gory 18 certificate films. It also serves as a good antidote for anyone tired of the usual dross. A commendable 4.5 stars.

Extras/Special Features:

Behind the scenes and trailer.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the jumpiest films I've ever seen. 15 Jan 2014
By Elle48
Format:DVD
Honestly, this is one of the jumpiest horror films I've ever seen! The opening sequence sets the film up really well, mixing conspiracy theory with truth to create one hell of a creepy introduction. I liked the sudden gore too which I wasn't expecting. Todd Levine is great playing horror's Hunter S. Thompson! One of my absolute favourites from last year's FrightFest.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frightfest 13 Dec 2013
Format:DVD
I watched this at Frightfest in August 2013 and it got my vote for the scariest film I saw that year...it's a great story with strong cast and it keeps you guessing as it isn't the same old possession story.
It looks great, sounds great and is genuinely very scary.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MK-Ultra - one hell of a drug 25 Jan 2014
Format:DVD
Films have used technology as a conduit for creepiness for a long time. Ringu, Shutter, Videodrome, One Missed Call - all varying in quality, but the list goes on and on. There's just something very disturbing about staring into static and suddenly finding someone staring back.
Banshee Chapter explores the idea of number stations - shortwave radio stations that emit random sequences of numbers for no apparent reason - which are actually real and pretty creepy in themselves. Our heroine investigates the disappearance of a friend who recently took a secret drug developed by the government, documented on a tape that was interrupted by one of these stations. She uses her skills as a journalist to investigate the drug further, following the pathway of this station's range. She discovers that whoever takes this drug usually disappears, stating something along the lines of "they're here" and triggering the number station to play on any nearby radios. (This will be familiar fare to any fans of recent internet urban legend. I would be shocked if the writer or crew weren't inspired by SCP or Slenderman, or any of their spinoffs.)
The film has an interesting tone, and didn't fall into the trap of making their characters unlikeable or underdeveloped. I cared about the main character, and found that she acted fairly logically and understandably for the situation (or, as much as the situation allowed). The story was well paced, well timed, and the scares were ok, if a little predictable.
I think that is my main criticism for Banshee. While the idea of it is very scary - number stations, a mystery drug, government testing, Lovecraftian themes - it never really lives up to it's themes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Dont bother!
load of rubbish, switched off after 20 minutes.
Published 21 days ago by leanne torz
5.0 out of 5 stars Jumping
Very jumping. It's not the same typical horror movie
Published 1 month ago by nancy medina
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of scares...don't watch alone
Despite not knowing much about this film, I absolutely loved it. It had me jumping out of my seat more times than I care to remember, and I found the subject of MKUltra and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jacqueline oliver
4.0 out of 5 stars An awesome litte Horror!
On my first watch I would of probably gave this movie a small 3 stars but I was probably in a crap mood at the time. This film was surprisingly great! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars Jump!!!
Like most reviewers, I loved this. I didn't understand it - it has to be said - but I spent the entire film chewing my nails! Read more
Published 2 months ago by DBT
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Full of tension and scares.
Very effective splicing of conspiracy theory, found footage and lovecraft themes. The tension builds and builds and I was left feeling pretty creeped out by the time the credits... Read more
Published 2 months ago by jim&nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant classic, a must see!
Every now and then after trawling through countless bad horror movies you come across a real gem. Banshee Chapter is definitely a gem. An instant classic in my eyes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TG
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awesome!
Couldn't believe how good this film was. Don't you just LOVE it when you've never heard of a film,don't think it's gonna be up to much,give it a go... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shred Head Dan
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank the Horror Gods
If you're sick of mainstream 'horror' cack like the 'Paranormal Activity' franchise then you can take heart films like this are still being made. Read more
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