Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A group of college friends on a spring break camping trip are stalked and slashed by an unknown creature with the ability to make them hallucinate through sound waves. The survivors hold up refuge in an isolated farmhouse, cut off from all communication. Now, they have to come up with a plan to kill this unrelenting creature before it kills them. "Banshee!!!" takes the idea of the legendary Irish myth and spins it around into a terrifying and unstoppable monster!
Is it good movie?
There's a monster in the woods! There are stupid teenagers at a campground! They get lost! They get eaten!
Anyway, there isn't much to this movie. Coming off like a patchwork of better horror movies that came before it, Banshee doesn't rise above its great title full of exclamation marks. I mean, you have an awesome creature that can change shape, turn people to stone and mess with people's heads but remains dull. Characters start getting killed right away without any sort of background or opportunity to forge a connection with them, and the ones who do stay on screen don't even know each other! This doesn't help the cause when the performances are as average as can be.
The whole plot is a bit of a mishmash that tries to converge three stories in one: college kids who get stuck with an old man who fought the banshee, a lone female cop investigates the banshee and a couple is lost in the woods. It almost feels as though this movie was meant to be a TV show and the three pilot episodes just got tossed together and are cut to without rhyme or reason.
Unfortunately, there's nothing exciting or fun about this movie. The kills can be humorous but i'm not always sure that's intentional. Even the monster's CGI effects are terrible. I was really hoping to like this movie based on the title alone, but alas it was not to be.
Video / Audio
Video is listed simply as Anamorphic , but it looks okay enough to watch. Nothing really special.
Audio comes in 5.1 surround sound and comes through a bit muffled in the rear speakers, although the banshee screams sound great.
You do get a director's commentary , but I'll admit that I couldn't listen to the whole thing because I just didn't like the movie enough to stick it out. Director Colin Theys is pleasant and informative but it just wasn't for me.
Rounding things out are some deleted scenes that slow the movie down and some really unfunny bloopers and outtake s.
Other than that, some trailers .
This movie felt like it was made for young teenagers to catch on late night cable on a Saturday night while their parents are asleep. It's not horrible but it brings nothing to the table and comes off a bit contrived, hastily edited and unfortunately dull. Here's a tip- if you want to entice people to see your movie or read your reviews, pepper things with several exclamation points!!!