10/3/14 – 2014 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #3 – Banshee Chapter.

Banshee Chapter

Banshee Chapter is one of those little low-budget flicks that usually gets buried in the streaming Netflix universe and never gets the audience it probably should. Like many of these types of low budget flicks, It’s definitely not perfect. There are a few story flaws here and there. But dammit, overlook those. This movie was a complete surprise to me. From an intriguing sci-fi premise to some of the best visual scare gags I’ve seen in a while, Banshee Chapter is quite a ride. There’s a LOT going on in this flick, so it can be a bit hard to follow, but try the best you can. At the core of this movie is the declassified revelation that the CIA actually used to experiment on unknowing citizens using psychotropic drugs. It smartly uses the true story of the MKUltra mind-control experiments as a launching point, and takes off from there (if you’re unfamiliar with these actual experiments, look it up, they’re pretty terrifying.) Now, I’m always a fan of when horror movies use real life events as a starting point and then fictionalize the rest. I’ve even done it in a few my own scripts. But they do it to a very interesting effect here. In this film, once you take the drug, you start hearing different radio frequencies. But what are they? Do they lead people/things(?) to you? What are they? Are you imagining it? This movie goes from alien theories to near HP Lovecraft in a few spots. It’s almost too much theory, but that doesn’t matter. The confusion is part of the ride. And to top it all off you get Ted Levine (Buffalo Bill!) as essentially a Hunter S. Thompson drug guru, and he is spectacular. It’s part found footage, part straightforward. It’s insane. It’s madness. It’s super low budget. But it’s quite a ride. Definitely give it a shot. You will be scared. And you will definitely never be bored.

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