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Ok film I couldn't hear!!!
on 8 August 2012
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. 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.