Great movie if you like slightly weird and quite scary. Basic premise is around journalist trying to find answers to the death of her friend through a dangerous psychedelic drug which causes horrifying hallucinations. She is led on a frightening and mysterious journey where reality is never what it seems. Tension ratchets up right from the opening scene and doesn't let you go until the end of the closing credits, effectively delivering some real shocks on the way. I watched it with some friends who really weren't into "horror" or "scary" movies - they all found it very unsettling with a couple physically jumping out of their seats more than once with the consensus that it was pretty good and certainly not a movie where you could fall asleep.
I personally found this movie to be an unknown gem. I like something with a more original story line and this didn't feel like it had just copied everything else out there.
The camera work, the acting and the story line were brilliant for a cheap watch.
If you like a bit of the X files, mixed in with a scare fest then you are likely to like this. It isn't blood and guts and more frights in the dark sort of movie.
Government drug experimentation, finds that using a compound found in a human brain opens the mind to something else that is out there. It allows us to make contact. Unfortunately this isn't the sort of contact we want to make. What if you accidentally ingest this drug. Is what you're seeing real? What if you see things and then find out you never ingested the drug at all.
Only downside was the actor who played "steve newland" in true blood and trying to detach him as the movie opens with him. If you have never watched that series you won't have the same issue I did.
Its really nice when you take the chance and then find a hidden gem like this movie.
Don't expect big budget. Don't expect expensive effects. Don't expect a perfect story line. Be prepared for lots of night time camera work.
There seems to be a slew of trash-for-cash, low to semi-low budget horror films being churned out these days with bad lines and gratuitous sex and gore, routine story’s, wooden acting and clichéd scares or glossy horrors that forget to be scary. NOT Banshee Chapter! Although the co-producer calls this a micro budget film, it has much higher standards in every respect, look, feel, effects, make-up, music and of course acting than the routine trash. The story’s pretty original for a change and keeps you on edge. Inspired by the 1976 CIA MK-Ultra programme, it is gripping stuff. The only issue I have is that there are scenes that require a video camera style and there is the general motion picture photography, that you would expect in a movie, but, then there is also the occasional unexplained wobbly, stylised, grainy footage, which is confusing, is neither here nor there and not necessary IMO. Still that’s a small complaint. An outstanding film that is a well-directed and produced production amongst a glut of the usual horror film Narnia. Good music too introducing me to the awesome songs by Mark Lenover!