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Scream of the Banshee [DVD]

2.4 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Monica Acosta, Lauren Holly, Marcelle Baer, Edrick Browne, Leanne Cochran
  • Directors: Steven C. Miller
  • 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: 18
  • Studio: Koch Media
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004YJZ5VC
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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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BRILLIANT FILM
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The opening scene has a group of "knights" chasing a woman on horseback, 1188 AD. She is dressed in white with a long flowing red cape. The color contrast is excellent. They managed to skewer the woman, who falls off her horse. The men move closer, and to my surprise she arises and they begin combat. One of the knights uses a special box to entrap the banshee, one with special markings, like a large "Hellraiser" puzzle box. At this point I am hooked as the movie shifts to modern times and goes down hill.

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.
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SCREAM OF THE BANSHEE starts really well; some university archeologists cataloguing stuff are sent a mysterious old metallic box, which when opened, contains the decapitated head of a banshee. The banshee head screams, causing ears to pop and bleed, and then the film descends into the usual supernatural-movie fluff.

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.
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Okay this isn't a brilliant horror,but it kept me entertained a lot more than i was expecting. A box is discovered by an archaeoligist and once opened,found to contain a head. A little later her studants take a look at the head and it lets out a scream,a scream poweful enough to kill. Those that heard it are soon regretting it and it's up to the professor to find out more about this head and more so,how to stop it causing all kinds of hell.
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.
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I have quite enjoyed some of the After Dark Originals series but Scream of the Banshee was a letdown. Dull story, questionable acting and unconvincing special effects. The biggest problem with the story was that the banshee was a bit aimless. It showed up at predictable times and didn't menace anyone other than the main characters. I was expecting it to be a threat to the world but I guess budget restrictions reduced the number of extras that could be hired and despatched. I bought this on blu-ray and that was also a disappointment with some very washed out colours and at times very heavy on the video noise. Sound however was good.
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Setting and idea were just fine. Somewhere in the 12th century, a couple of knights give chase to a female figure which happen to be a Banshee. They are able to capture/terminate her by cutting her head off and stuffing it in a metal box which is then forgotten for the next 9 centuries.

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...
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