Nudity: 0 out of 10 (absolutely none, though there is one wildly shot love-making scene that jumps all over the place, making you wonder if actual people are even in it).
Gore: 2.5 out of 10 (a few scenes of violence, the rest is suggested by having a substance resembling blood splattering on various things like windows, people's faces, and the ground).
Professor Isla (Lauren Holly of the Dumb and Dumber fame) along with her two research assistants are in the bowels of an unnamed university.
They are up to their ears in historical artifacts, busy organizing and identifying them. Suffice it to say, it is time consuming and tedious.
Along comes a box with no listed sender. It contains the sort of glove that a knight from a distant time would wear - along with a map.
Using her expertise in all things old, Professor Isla speculates that the glove is from the 12th century. It is of Irish origin.
It turns out to be a good guess.
And the map is of the very basement that they are in.
What is the map trying to get them to look for? Where did it come from? After a brief search, they find a box (think: Hellraiser's pandora's box only bigger and with less ominous etchings) hidden behind a slimy wall. In the box is something that is breathing and vibrating. It is something of unspeakable terror.
I will try to speak of it though.
It is an ancient banshee. If you hear it scream (which our heroes unfortunately do), it will haunt you and leave you with only two options:
#1 Submit to a grisly death
#2 Seek out a lunatic professor who was forced into retirement after committing a number of crimes - with the hope that he will tell you how to stop it. Why this professor possesses this knowledge is unclear and, in terms of advancing the story, unimportant.
- Scream of the Banshee is definitely one of the weakest After Dark movies in what is now its 5th year. It is at the bottom of the barrel with the likes of Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror, Lake Dead, Tooth and Nail, Crazy Eights, and Perkins 14.
Why? No scares. No originality (leave Nightmare on Elm Street alone!). A mess of a script that felt that it was put together over the course of drinking a couple of beers one afternoon at the local saloon. Boring characters. Meaningless subplots that are ploys to get you to care about the characters. A sterilized mood and atmosphere (as though it was tested at a focus group consisting entirely of 12 year olds).
FYI, the banshee reminded me of the vampires in Fright Night, but not nearly as disturbing.
You need a three drink minimum to get through this one.
Make 'em stiff.