Alright guys, time for another edition of Barley Does Horror. This time we’re covering a pretty small movie called Banshee Chapter. What’s it about? It’s about this :
Journalist Anne Roland explores the disturbing links behind her friend’s sudden disappearance, an ominous government research chemical, and a disturbing radio broadcast of unknown origin.
Alright, it’s actually a pretty neat little movie. I picked it up from Wal-Mart having never seen it before. It’s not a bad little movie, however it does one thing that I’ve already mentioned before that drives me CRAZY :
It. Breaks. The. God. Damn. Format.
Parts of this movie are found-footage, mockumentary style, and other parts are just straight regular movie scenes. I’m not going to harp too much on it, but it does feel a little bit strange. It could have worked just fine as either format, I do just wish it would have stuck to one.
The actors in the movie are actually pretty good. Everyone seemed to give a solid shot at the script and committed to what was happening. In general, it wasn’t a ton of people I recognized, with the exception of Ted Levine (that’s right, Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs) who turns in a kind of strange performance. He plays a renegade, anti-government, drug-taking, novelist lunatic who lives in the desert. The way he carries himself in the movie is definitely very Hunter S Thompson, and made me think of Johnny Depp’s performance. HOWEVER, on the second watch through of this movie, I didn’t find it quite as jarring and the performance actually worked for me.
The movie is creepy, and maintains a pretty good tone throughout. The changing formats is a little bit jarring, but I digress. The movie maintains a certain level of vague-story telling that you find in most found footage, but I don’t think it really needed to.
The movie overall is quite creepy, and a solid indie-effort in my opinion. Though, I’ve always found government numbers stations and the like kind of a creepy concept all around so it falls under the horror movies that would do the trick. There isn’t a bunch to say about the movie.
It’s not the best, but it’s certainly far from unwatchable, and comes in around 97 minutes so it’s not hard to get through.
Anyways, if you come across it, I’d say give it a watch.
Also, don’t take strange drugs, from anyone.
FINAL GRADE : C+