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Scream of the Banshee [Blu-ray]
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Lauren Holly is an archaeology professor whose interesting discovery turns out to have catastrophic consequences. While searching in the claustrophobic confines of a university basement Professor Isla (Holly) and two of her assistants uncover a hidden box. Unwittingly the trio release the Banshee a creature which possesses the power to kill with the ferocity of its scream. Can Professor Isla find a way to contain the Banshee within its box before it's too late?
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A college professor (Lauren Holly) and her students are at work cataloging items when they come across the box and try to decipher the markings. At this point the plot isn't tough to figure out. They open the box, the banshee screams, all who hear it must die, starting with the black guy. yadda yadda yadda. Eventually someone figures out how to get the genii back in the bottle and it is just a matter of who lives, who dies, the peripheral subplots, and special effects that either make or break the movie.
The banshee attacks are a combination of real and psychological, so you never know what is happening.
The acting was so-so. Marcelle Baer, who played Lauren Holly's daughter was Kristen Stewart bad and perhaps the worst in the lot. There is a rift between her and her mom which was never fully developed, as none of the characters were developed.The plot holes along with a weak and predictable plot are the downfall of this film.
Parental Guide: No f-bombs, no nudity, one love scene.
People have hallucinations and dreams of the Banshee, a demon woman from Irish mythology, scaring or injuring them in nasty ways, and for a while it looks like it's going down the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET route.
The archeologists are eventually led to Lance Henrikson, who has studied the Banshee all his life, and now gone a bit potty. There are some mumbly explanations of things, then a RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK-style moment at the end.
The first 25 minutes are great, the rest seems a bit muddled and lacking much originality, but is interesting and I reasonably enjoyed it. Despite the bad reviews of the effects here, I quite liked them, and thought the Banshee herself was pretty good in a 1980's sort of way.
I entirely agree though, with another review on here concerning the sound of the film; its terrible. My enjoyment of the film was severely hampered by clutching the remote control and constantly fiddling with the volume. The dramatic parts are so ear-poppingly loud I'm not surprised bleeding ears was a recurrent theme throughout the film. And yet much of the dialogue is so quiet that it's impossible to hear, and I had to turn the volume up so much that when a dramatic 'loud' bit came on, it was so magnificently thunderous in volume that I was sure my telly would blow up. Highly irritating sound mix, and Lance Henrikson in particular was very very mumbly. I admit to being a tiny bit hard of hearing, but a film with such a terrible sound mix as this is highly irritating. Subtitles would have helped enormously, and, I would have given this film an extra star if I had been able to hear the damn thing, without getting a Noise Abatement Order.
It works fine for what it is,with passable acting and good gore. It's not anything special,but i wouldn't go as far as to say a bad film.
It's good fun,just nothing to shout about.
Up to there everything seems fine; it's when we stumble upon the main characters during the present time that photography, acting and dialogue take a dive.
I couldn't shake the feeling that they wanted to create a gripping movie but somehow they are unable to bring it over to the audience.
Indeed all that happens is a lot of screaming, the Banshee is unable to do more unless the victim him/herself screams....
Shame, missed chance...