Anne Roland, a young journalist with an appetite for controversy, follows the trail of astrange government research chemical that might have caused the death of her close friend. After tracing the substance to the desert ranch of an infamous retired novelist, she’s drawn into an experience of terror and frightening entities that she cannot escape. The events in this film are based on real documents, actual testimony, and evidence researched and uncovered from decades of a terrifying secret program run by the CIA.
A very small review for you guys, due to the long winded message below from the wonderful Director, so let’s keep it as easy on the eyes for you lovely readers as possible.
If you’re wearing a pacemaker stay clear ! This film is the king of jump scares, its superbly crafted, nicely worked and has an almost ‘Sinister’ style vibe as the tension is built to a point where you’re wriggling in your seat. This film doesn’t just send a shiver down your spine, it injects you with fear and never lets go. Superb film !
A message from the Director
‘Banshee Chapter’ is a project conceived to bring a fresh new type of thriller tale into the horror genre. Using a gritty documentary hand-held style of cinematography, combined with a spellbinding mystery narrative, this unusual new tale will make viewers both fascinated and terrified. The goal of this film is to immerse the audience in a frightening new 3D reality that grabs the audience with a story that is all too real.
This film follows one woman, Anne Roland, a young online journalist working on a video documentary about her friend from college, James Hirsch, who is now missing. She uncovers a web of secrets when James and his friend disappear after ingesting an undocumented research chemical. The labyrinthine trail of evidence leads her into the disturbing world of black ops chemical projects, unexplained radio transmissions, and shadowy disfigured entities in the blackness of night. Anne will do anything to uncover what lies behind her friend’s disappearance. But to her horror, she discovers that it wants to find her too.
The script itself is based on several years researching real-life secret government experiments with strange mind-altering chemicals (see next section: Facts Behind the Film). The adage “truth is stranger than fiction” could not be more true in this case. Some of the most shocking events of the story are based on actual facts, incidents and cases recorded during the decades of government programs. All of these different incidents are pulled into one storyline that aims to spellbind the viewer, giving just enough evidence to hint at a much larger secret waiting. Though the film doesn’t answer every possible question, enough is revealed to leave the audience wanting more… potentially in a sequel.
The film uses a documentary style approach, finding seemingly ordinary people thrust into increasingly disturbing events. Shot in 3-D on 4k digital RED cameras, the imagery looks vivid, gritty, immersive, and most importantly: real. This visual choice is important because recent years of box office results have demonstrated an emerging audience coming of age on YouTube videos that craves incredibly realistic thrillers and horror.
Groundbreaking new smash hit horror films like ‘The Last Exorcism’, ‘Blair Witch Project’, and the ‘Paranormal Activity’ franchise have grossed millions by redefining horror with an unmistakably realistic style in which extraordinary events take place. New science fiction thrillers like ‘District 9’, ‘Monsters’ and ‘Cloverfield’ found success by giving the viewer a first-person front row seat into the monster movie genre.
New advanced digital film technologies now allow for filming in the most extraordinary locations, settings, and confined spaces. No longer does low-light meaning shooting under high-wattage studio lights representing the moonlight. Now darkness can be filmed exactly as black and foreboding as it appears in real life. No longer does the cinematography force the viewer to feel removed from the action, as if it was a studio fantasy happening outside of reality, this new breed of cinema has begun to portray exactly what real life looks like. All of these new technologies will be leveraged to create a powerfully realistic three dimensional visual and audio experience while keeping production costs down to a minimum.
This film will introduce a whole new dimension into the genre of gritty realistic thrillers. It’s a fast paced blend of fact and fiction into a roller coaster journey of scares, intriguing characters, and a mystery unlike anything audiences have seen before.
Blair Erickson Writer/Director ‘Banshee Chapter’