Ever so often in horror there are films that have only one intention in mind. That goal is to give the viewers the most frightening experience of their life. The reason why horror will never die is because usually we never find these films. Well i’m happy to announce to the horror community that the new film from Blair Erickson The Banshee Chapter just may be that film. The film stars Katia Winter Anne Roland a journalist, embarking on a journey to find out the reason behind the disappearance her close friend James (Michael McMillian). James disappeared shortly after he conducted an experiment with a government chemical titled MK-Ultra. With tons of questions and only a few options of answers she finds herself wrapped up in a world of has been writers, lost radio frequencies and unexplained terrors.
This film is a great mix of a story driven horror with a dash of found footage and documentary style filming. Its a flawless transition between each style and helps move the already erratic pace found in The Banshee Chapter. I would not recommend anyone to watch this film alone or in the dark as it may heighten the experience a little more than you would want. Not since the first Blair Witch, or Paranormal Activity film have I seen a movie execute scares so well. What really sets the overall tone are the radio transmissions. Even though you know the scares are coming after hearing this effect your heart beat quickens and before it’s over you realize your hands are covering your eyes. Not that mine where because clearly I needed to watch this film but it’s not hard to see the overall scare factor of The Banshee Chapter.
Winter does a great job of carrying a majority of the movie that picks up once she comes across Thomas Blackburn played by Ted Levine. His role of Blackburn is very remissinet of the famed LSD taking journalist Hunter S. Thompson. He may be only true link back to the original government testing as Roland(Winter) won’t leave until she finds out what happened to her friend. The beautiful daytime setting of Winter driving around the desert scenery of the west becomes a journey of terror once they reach the research facility. There is a small amount for CGI used in this film but what stands out the most are the camera angles and lighting. I spoke to the director Blair Erickson who explained to me how it really helped the feel of the movie by filming certain parts in the dark. What's great about the camera work is even though this is not a true found footage film you feel as if you are the one helping her find out this secret. The overall experience of The Banshee Chapter creates a creepy atmosphere that does monumental job of of keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire film.
The storyline of The Banshee Chapter can be a bit difficult to follow at times so this is a film that I would advise you to keep your eyes on. I watched the movie two times myself but feel as if I still missed a few things. That's when you know you have a good film on your hands no matter what the genre. In a society always looking for the next best scare I would recommend anyone to watch The Banshee Chapter. Adding the government elements to this supernatural film truly make this one of the most intriguing horror films of 2013.
The Banshee Chapter is now available on demand and will be in theaters January 10th, 2014. The Banshee Chapter is directed by Blair Erickson and stars Katia Winter, Adam Levine, Michael McMillian and Monique Candelaria. It is being distributed courtesy of XLrator Media. Be on the look out for my interview with director Blair Erickson soon.