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The Banshee Chapter, which was released on VOD in December of 2013, has become the first 3D virtual reality movie made available for Facebook's Oculus Rift. The sci-fi horror thriller executive produced by Zachary Quinto is available on the platform starting today for free.
The film centers on a young, female journalist following the mysterious trail of a missing friend who had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests. A fast-paced blend of fact and fiction, the film is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony, and uncovered secrets about programs run by the CIA. It is also loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft's From Beyond.
The film is distributed by XLrator Media and the Chimera Vr software used to power the experience was created by Jamwix. The Oculus Rift is currently only available to developers, but a consumer release is expected to be announced for »
Facebook’s Oculus Rift is getting its first 3D virtual reality feature film in Banshee Chapter, an indie sci-fi horror executive produced by Star Trek‘s Zachary Quinto that’s hitting the next-gen virtual reality platform today – for free.
The low budget frightener, loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft’s From Beyond, tracks a journalist investigating the disappearance of her old college friend and his ties to a secret experimental drug. Silence of the Lambs‘ Ted Levine, Sleepy Hollow‘s Katia Winter and True Blood‘s Michael McMillian star for first time director Blair Erickson in the film produced by Sunchaser Entertainment’s Stephanie Riggs and Before the Door’s Corey Moosa and Sean Akers, and Christian Arnold-Beutel.
Banshee Chapter debuted last December on VOD to modest fanfare. But that was before Facebook bought Oculus Rift in a $2 billion deal, heralding it as the next big thing in social communications and entertainment. »
- Jen Yamato
In 2013, the movie Banshee Chapter was released on VOD to little fanfare. The horror movie starring Ted Levine and Sleepy Hollow's Katia Winter was fairly well-regarded in the horror community but became another forgotten film in the heaps released each year. Now, Banshee Chapter is becoming a topic of conversation again thanks to being converted into the first feature length virtual reality film. Jamwix has released a featurette showing how this small film is being enhanced and altered to »
- Alex Maidy
Every once in a while we writers are fortunate to discover a story of determination and passion that inspires us, and reminds us of why we wanted to write about film.
For that reason is to bring experiences and stories such as the one behind the making of Shockwave Darkside 3D to the forefront so that they don’t go untold.
What better way to hear the stories and experience than through the personal reflections of writer-director Jay Weisman and producer Christian Arnold-Beutel and their own creative war that mirrors the last great war raging on the moon in their contribution to a grand genre.
You can read Jay’s introduction here.
- Paul Risker
I’m back! It’s been a long time and I apologise for that, moving house turned out to be a far far longer process than I anticipated or had been led to believe. Three weeks turned into six, six weeks turned into three months and now here we are.
Aside from the length of time it takes, moving house was a real eye opener in other areas too. Specifically in terms of how I inform you week on week of all of this wonderful content available to stream and then how you have to put up with lacklustre delivery from various ISPs. I was living in someone else’s house on a connection that was not my own, not wanting to name names but there is one of the big three ISP’s in the UK which boasts about having one of, if not the, fastest broadband delivery on »
- Chris Holt
Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, widely acclaimed as one of the largest and most influential genre film festivals in the world, has just announced the Off-Frontières selections of the fourth edition of its Frontières International Co-Production Market.
Read on for a complete listing of all the titles being pitched at the event!
From the Press Release
Following the selection of the official Frontières line-up of film projects for the Frontières International Co-Production Market, another 12 projects have been chosen for the return of the Off-Frontières selection, for the market’s 4th edition.
The Off-Frontières projects line-up features a predominance of Canadian projects, complemented by projects from American, Mexican, Irish, British, French, German and Australian directors and producers. Highlights include the next features by Dario Argento (Suspiria) and by Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky), as well as follow-up features by Fantasia alumni Rob Grant (Mon Ami), Pat Kiely (Who Is Kk Downey?), Kerry Prior »
- John Squires
The flick stars Brad Dourif (Urban Legend, Lord of the Rings, Rob Zombie's Halloween, Halloween 2, Child's Play) along with Monique Candelaria (10 Years, AMC's "Breaking Bad," and soon to be released The Banshee Chapter), Taso N. Stavrakis (Day of the Dead) and Jenna Enemy of the band Cemetery Lights.
Five college students wake up in an abandoned insane asylum and soon discover that they're part of a sinister government experiment. However, when a supernatural force takes control of the corpses in the asylum, the teens' captors become their reluctant allies in a struggle for survival.
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- Uncle Creepy
The Banshee Chapter follows journalist, Anna (Winter) who is investigating the disappearance of her friend James (McMillan). James has been experimenting with strange drugs that the Us military used in real life experiments in the 1960s. These experiments had very weird and sinister results, of course, so as Anna goes about her investigation, weird and sinister things begin to happen to her too. I really liked this. It’s got quite a bit going on, including but not limited to archival footage both fictional and real, strange referencing of real life cultural figures and Lovecraftian horrors from beyond the veil. As such, it was a little unpredictable, which I liked.
Whilst we know what beats and tropes to expect from a film involving zombies or creepy children or vampires, there isn’t really an established dialogue for »
- Jack Kirby
This week’s best new releases on all the Instant Watching platforms.
Spring Breakers (2013)
Harmony Korine’s critical darling from last year is likely to be talked about and discussed for a good long while yet. Holding up an uncomfortable mirror to our youth, Spring Breakers works on a lot of levels not only does it work as a surface level tale of four out of control girls on a debauched trip in Florida but it also works as a story about the spiritual death and rebirth of Generation Y and asks some important questions about how post war culture evolved into something where our youth think licking power tools in music videos is something to aspire to.
There is a scene fairly early on where the two most rebellious of our heroines sit in class discussing oral sex on paper as their tutor drones on about world war two, »
- Chris Holt
Director: Blair Erickson,
Running Time: 87 Minutes
The Banshee Chapter adds a fictional Lovecraftian spin on the true events surrounding Project MKUltra, in which the Us government carried out tests which were often illegal. It’s an interesting set-up, but the film soon finds its own footing for a genuinely scary mix of found-footage and traditional scares.
It all begins in traditional found-footage style, with clips from a young man, James (McMillian), trying out a new drug he’s been sent. After some strange occurrences that highlight Blair’s ability to crank up tension to unbearable levels, the film then reveals itself to be a documentary from James’ old flame and college buddy Anne (Winter), as she investigates James’ disappearance. Simple enough, but in what is a big distraction, the film soon gives up on the whole found-footage and documentary style.
For many, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
‘The Banshee Chapter‘ is set to uncover the secrets of government experiments with its upcoming DVD release. The horror thriller’s home release, which is being distributed by XLrator Media, comes after it hit theaters on January 10, and was released on VOD on December 12. Zachary Quinto and his production company, Before The Door Pictures, along with his co-producers from ‘Margin Call’ and ‘All Is Lost,’ produced ‘The Banshee Chapter.’ The thriller marks the feature film writing and directing debuts of filmmaker Blair Erickson. Before venturing into films, the helmer was known for serving as the creative Director of Omnicom’s high-tech interactive agency Millions of Us. Some of his other [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
With nothing too exciting hitting theaters this Friday episode of the podcast is light on reviews, but we do have 2014 Golden Globes predictions to make and Laremy did watch The Banshee Chapter. Plus we answer some more of your questions and voicemails and keep things rolling into an extended game segment including a new edition of Watch This or Watch That. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is »
- Brad Brevet
Title: The Banshee Chapter Director: Blair Erickson Starring: Ted Levine (‘The Silence of the Lambs’), Katia Winter (‘Sleepy Hollow’) and Michael McMillian (‘True Blood’) The most daring, curious people often set out to expose the truth in long-standing mysteries, as they yearn to solve conflicts and bring closure to long debated ambiguities. This is certainly the case for the main character, Anne Roland, in the new independent horror thriller, ‘The Banshee Chapter,’ which is now available on VOD and opens in select theaters on January 10. First-time feature filmmaker Blair Erickson, who both wrote and directed the movie, created a determined protagonist, played by Katia Winter, who will stop at [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
13 items from 2014
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