In 1188 A.D., in Limerick, Ireland, Templar Knights chase a creature through the woods and trap her head in a box. In the present day Professor Isla Whelan and her two assistants are researching and labeling historical artifacts in the basement of the university where she works and they find an Irish glove and map with the name Duncan. Isla's estranged daughter Shayla Whelan finds a hidden space behind a wall with a box with the severed head, but they believe that it belongs to deformed person or an animal. Out of the blue, the head screams and they all bleed through the ears. They learn soon that the head is from a Banshee and in accordance with the mythology they are doomed to die. Their only hope is to find the lunatic and discredited Professor Broderick Duncan, whose expertise is in the feminine spirit in Irish mythology.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When the cross shield/box is opened, the banshee's head is upright on the crossbar. But considering that the crossbar is on top of the head when the sides chop it off, the head should have been upside down. See more »
Low budget and slightly amateur, still definitely worth watching!
Judging from the lack of information available about "Scream of the Banshee" (like budget and such) I expected a B-C class film (regardless to the IMDb rating and complaints by the spoiled snobs who like to whine online). I got exactly what I expected, but nothing less.
First of all, being a Horror fan, I always like seeing such combinations of sub-genres, in this case the supernatural Ghost Story and Monsters sub genres. Second, as a fan of D&D and fantasy RPGs, I was very happy to find a film about a Banshee!
The screenplay is pretty good, with a worthy enough story - but the script is sometimes amateur to the point of being painful to listen to. The acting is mostly good, except for Lauren Holly who simply lacks the charisma necessary for her character. The effects were mostly good considering the estimated budget (though the Banshee's face was very clearly a mask, and the giant hand coming out of the screen was almost a cartoon).
All in all, if you start watching this and expect a masterpiece, you'll be disappointed, and it will be your own fault. However, if you choose not to be too uppity and try this film expecting a low budget Monster flick - you'll have a pretty good time and enjoy a few well made scares, just as I did.
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