SCREAM OF THE BANSHEE
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
Steven C. Miller
Eric F. Adams
and Lance Henriksen
What's it about
An archeology professor and her team of grad students unearth a monster with a voice so powerful, it can kill you with a scream!
Is it good movie?
After Dark Originals have always been hit or miss features. Iíve seen a lot of them and sometimes they play great, scary, and cheap, and sometimes they play lousy, unoriginal, and cheap. Scream of the Banshee falls somewhere in-between. Itís a bad movieÖthereís no doubt about it. It looks cheap. It plays cheap. The actors all appear to know this is a cheap movie and act accordingly. However, the movie has something about it that kept me entertained despite the quality. Perhaps I enjoyed Lauren Holly since I havenít seen her in a movie since Down Periscope with Frasier/Beast. (I know sheís been in a lot of stuff, but really, itís been that long. I always thought she was hot and a good actor, so I donít know what happened to her film career.) Maybe the Lance Henriksen factor made it tolerable. The man always brings gravity to a movie, no matter how bad it may be. The problem is Lance isnít in the movie very much (until Act III). And while Holly is still hot, she doesnít carry much weight as a leading actress her. Maybe sheís saving it for the long awaited sequel to Dumb and Dumber.
Regardless, I canít blame her or any of the actors. No, in fact it seems much easier to fault the predictable boogie man/ghost/monster movie formula. Nothing here carries a surprise, but why should it? Anyone who rents this knows exactly what theyíre in for. Movies have played out like this since the original Mummy back in 1932. There just canít be a lot of surprises for a storyline that old.
So why did I say this fell in-between good and bad? Well, if anything Scream of the Banshee moves at a great pace, never lingering too long on any scene in a possible fear that a potential viewer might shut the thing off. The monster gets unleashed and it wastes no time wasting other folk, which is also a good thing. In the end, Scream of the Banshee is a B movie that works on some levels, but not nearly on enough of them.
Video / Audio
Video: A crisp and clear Widescreen presentation.
Audio: Presented with the power of Dolby Digital Surround.
Commentary: Director Steven C. Miller and the composer provide the track. It is what it is. A commentary track.
The film displays enough gore and tension to keep anyoneís attention. And when youíre making a crappy movie, thatís the goal. Keep the movie moving and keep the audienceís attention with enough violence, women, and blood. A true formula for success.