Film Review: ‘Banshee Chapter’

Banshee Chapter” is an effectively creepy horror-mystery whose journalist heroine tries to find out what happened to a friend — one last seen ingesting “an enhanced form of a rare contraband chemical” associated with murky government drug experiments. Loosely inspired by the U.S. government’s actual secret MKUltra program, and by Lovecraft’s short story “From Beyond” (both referenced upfront onscreen), writer-director Blair Erickson’s debut feature peppers its atmosphere of dread with decent “gotcha!” scares. It also makes good use of the otherwise overexposed found-footage device, despite some questionable fudging between those passages and what we’re supposedly seeing in real time. A limited theatrical bow Jan. 10 follows last month’s VOD launch, with DVD release set for Feb. 4. Horror fans should make this low-budget indie a modest sleeper success in various formats.

Things start off with a mix of actual archival news footage and fictive interviews suggesting the long-term ill effects from U.
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