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Scream of the Banshee (After Dark Originals) (2011)

Eric F. Adams , Marcelle Baer , Steven C. Miller  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eric F. Adams, Marcelle Baer, Edrick Browne, Leanne Cochran, Thomas C. Daniel
  • Directors: Steven C. Miller
  • Writers: Anthony C. Ferrante, Jacob Hair
  • Producers: Anthony C. Ferrante, Bobby Ranghelov, Courtney Solomon, Gregory M. Walker, James Portolese
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Z2PLZS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,109 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Scream of the Banshee (After Dark Originals)" on IMDb

Special Features

• Audio Commentary with Director Steven C. Miller and composer Ryan Dodson

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Consider this an argument against good housekeeping: while poking around in their college's cluttered basement, an anthropologist (Lauren Holly) and her students unearth an extremely cranky head in a box, which proceeds to wreak some serious mythological havoc. Blood, eye-related violence, and a rather gnarly bit of business involving a lip piercing follow. As with many of the films produced for the SyFy Channel, this brisk horror film's ambitions are curtailed by a severe budgetary stumbling block, most notably during some medieval flashback scenes that appear to be shot in someone's backyard with balsa wood swords. On the positive side, while many films in this vein go for winking self-parody, director Steven Miller here plays things admirably straight, generating a decent sense of atmosphere and a few genuine scares. (The genial commentary track by Miller and composer Ryan Dodson detailing the numerous production problems makes what does show up on the screen seem fairly heroic.) While not exactly a case of a diamond in the rough, Scream of the Banshee stands as a promising genre effort, boosted by some nicely blecchy effects (the previously mentioned severed head is a nasty piece of work, especially when it starts hollering), and a too-brief appearance by horror legend Lance Henriksen, who appears to be enjoying himself mightily as a Southern-accented monster specialist. --Andrew Wright

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A college professor and her students discover an ornate box in the basement of their university. When they open the artifact, a bloodcurdling scream is unleashed. According to Irish lore, those who hear a banshee scream will die – which is what begins to happen as the creature comes for each of them.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I won't contend that "Scream of the Banshee" is a terrible movie, only that in the horror realm--it lacks anything to really distinguish it from dozens of other films in an overcrowded genre. Taking on a bit of Irish lore and unleashing the myth of the banshee upon a modern world seems like a solid enough concept. But aside from that scream, the banshee might as well have been a ghost or demon or nightmare boogeyman for it has no real consistent mode of terror. Sometimes it works in your mind driving you to insanity, sometimes it attacks you like a haggard Freddy Kreuger making your dreams a dangerous place, sometimes it is entirely corporeal wreaking havoc in a physical manifestation. The whole thing just seems ill conceived and only moderately thought out. The logic derives from the fact that if you hear the scream, it will kill you--after that, the movie makers tend to adopt an anything goes mentality. That might be forgiven if, again, the kills had a creativity or innovation that seemed fresh. But you've seen this movie before in various forms with various beasts, and there's just not much new here.

Headed by Lauren Holly, a team of academics uncover a mysterious box in the school's archives. It has been brought to their attention by a former scholar who seems to have bought a one way ticket to crazy-ville (an underutilized Lance Henrickson). The banshee reveal is the film's biggest moment and its first cry after being released has a pleasingly eerie effectiveness. However, from here on out--the picture plays out precisely as you would expect. Anyone exposed to the initial scream or a recording of it are dispatched in an entirely random order in entirely random methods. Is it real, is it a hallucination, is it both concurrently? In truth, it really doesn't matter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Screaming for it to end October 28, 2011
Format:DVD
I gave this movie two stars for the first 20 minutes. After that it seemed to me to become a mish-mosh into unoriginal horror fluff. Feh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I won't contend that "Scream of the Banshee" is a terrible movie, only that in the horror realm--it lacks anything to really distinguish it from dozens of other films in an overcrowded genre. Taking on a bit of Irish lore and unleashing the myth of the banshee upon a modern world seems like a solid enough concept. But aside from that scream, the banshee might as well have been a ghost or demon or nightmare boogeyman for it has no real consistent mode of terror. Sometimes it works in your mind driving you to insanity, sometimes it attacks you like a haggard Freddy Kreuger making your dreams a dangerous place, sometimes it is entirely corporeal wreaking havoc in a physical manifestation. The whole thing just seems ill conceived and only moderately thought out. The logic derives from the fact that if you hear the scream, it will kill you--after that, the movie makers tend to adopt an anything goes mentality. That might be forgiven if, again, the kills had a creativity or innovation that seemed fresh. But you've seen this movie before in various forms with various beasts, and there's just not much new here.

Headed by Lauren Holly, a team of academics uncover a mysterious box in the school's archives. It has been brought to their attention by a former scholar who seems to have bought a one way ticket to crazy-ville (an underutilized Lance Henrickson). The banshee reveal is the film's biggest moment and its first cry after being released has a pleasingly eerie effectiveness. However, from here on out--the picture plays out precisely as you would expect. Anyone exposed to the initial scream or a recording of it are dispatched in an entirely random order in entirely random methods. Is it real, is it a hallucination, is it both concurrently? In truth, it really doesn't matter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars IT'S IN SECTION 3 June 27, 2012
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The opening scene has a group of "knights" chasing a woman on horseback, 1188 AD. She is dressed in white with a long flowing red cape. The color contrast is excellent. They managed to skewer the woman, who falls off her horse. The men move closer, and to my surprise she arises and they begin combat. One of the knights uses a special box to entrap the banshee, one with special markings, like a large "Hellraiser" puzzle box. At this point I am hooked as the movie shifts to modern times and goes down hill.

A college professor (Lauren Holly) and her students are at work cataloging items when they come across the box and try to decipher the markings. At this point the plot isn't tough to figure out. They open the box, the banshee screams, all who hear it must die, starting with the black guy. yadda yadda yadda. Eventually someone figures out how to get the genii back in the bottle and it is just a matter of who lives, who dies, the peripheral subplots, and special effects that either make or break the movie.

The banshee attacks are a combination of real and psychological, so you never know what is happening.

The acting was so-so. Marcelle Baer, who played Lauren Holly's daughter was Kristen Stewart bad and perhaps the worst in the lot. There is a rift between her and her mom which was never fully developed, as none of the characters were developed.The plot holes along with a weak and predictable plot are the downfall of this film.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, no nudity, one love scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
This was a great movie in my opinion. The special effect weren't bad it was just right in my opinion, it left me having dreams about the movie rather than nightmares, and it was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by shari rankin
4.0 out of 5 stars Steve's Review
This is another one of those movies that I think was made originally for the Sci Fi channel a while ago. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Steven Epley
1.0 out of 5 stars A horror film???
This was an embarrassment to the horror film industry. I completely understand that "After Dark Originals" are "a new brand of fear", but this one is an old brand of junk. Read more
Published 16 months ago by PR GUY
3.0 out of 5 stars Could've used some more work
By the production title, the story itself is not based on a book nor a remake of anything else. That doesn't mean it can't be based (no matter how loosely) on some kind of familiar... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jason Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars WILL SY FY NEVER LEARN?
Many have talked about the fact that the Sy Fy channel makes terrible movies to run on their station. Read more
Published on March 27, 2012 by Mark Turner
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware sources crediting Lucy Hale in cast
For some reason, a number of web sites, including the usually reliable IMDB (where I've submitted a correction), credit Lucy Hale as an actress in this movie. Read more
Published on February 4, 2012 by tepp
1.0 out of 5 stars Filthy
Really NOT suitable for family viewing. I threw it away after stopping it as my teenage son watched. Poor quality also.
Published on December 28, 2011 by CYNTHIA
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lat Night Movie
It's guaranteed to give chills! If you can't handle it, not recommended to watch this before bed. Todd Haberkorn does an amazing performance in this film.
Published on October 25, 2011 by Oceanrabbits
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Movie!
Okay, This is NOT Syfy garbage, like someone mentioned. It is really good, Well thought out, horror. It has some really creepy Scenes in the movie. Read more
Published on August 31, 2011 by Kaelan
3.0 out of 5 stars IT'S IN SECTION 3
The opening scene has a group of "knights" chasing a woman on horseback, 1188 AD. She is dressed in white with a long flowing red cape. The color contrast is excellent. Read more
Published on August 27, 2011 by The Movie Guy
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