Scream of the Banshee

2011

Horror

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 14%
IMDb Rating 3.8 10 2217

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Synopsis


Uploaded By: FREEMAN
June 15, 2021 at 09:07 AM

Cast

Lauren Holly as Professor Isla Whelan
Lance Henriksen as Broderick Duncan
Misty Ormiston as Old Hag - Banshee
720p.BLU
827.34 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
1 hr 30 min
P/S 35 / 125

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by chiownknee60 3 / 10

One of the Weakest After Dark Movies So Far

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).

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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

OR

#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.

Reviewed by paul_haakonsen 5 / 10

Did you hear that scream?

For a SyFy movie, then I think that "Scream of the Banshee" was well over the average movies that they produce. This movie was actually well worth watching.

The story, albeit a bit weirdly and hastily tossed together, worked well enough despite it all. There were some really questionable things in the story, such as the coincidence that the ancient map was a map of their basement, and also the reason for Broderick Duncan's dismissal from the school. Just seemed like they needed a quick way to tie the ends together in the movie, and this seemed like the most plausible and best way to do it (insert buzzer sound here)! Despite the flaws in the storyline and events, the story was driven by a constant flow, and you want to see what happens next. So they did manage to do something right with the story after all.

I liked the concept of the banshee, though I had a somewhat other impression of a banshee than what was portrayed here. Yeah, I am damaged from years and years of playing Dungeons & Dragons. I got my banshee knowledge from here. I am not overly familiar with old Irish legends and lore, so I didn't really have much information (aside from the RPG stuff) about the banshee. But still, the end result in the movie turned out to be quite nice.

The cast in "Scream of the Banshee" was actually quite nice, although they did use Lance Henriksen to draw in the viewers, and he didn't have that big a part in the movie. But hey... The movie was in great parts carried by Todd Haberkorn (playing Otto) and also by Lance Henriksen (playing Broderick Duncan). This is not to say that the others in the movie were bad, just that these two were the ones pulling the heaviest load.

Moving on to the creature in the movie; the banshee. They actually managed to portray a really good image of such a creature - if one does believe in them! I especially liked the head in the box, that one looked awesome. There were times when the banshee had materialized that it looked really good as well, but there were also times where it was bordering on being painful to watch. And I am not sure how I feel about the last stage of the banshee, where it had no eyes. That was a bit too "alien" for this type of movie.

Don't be too hasty to write "Scream of the Banshee" off just because it is a SyFy production. It was well worth my time to sit down and watch it, and I was thoroughly entertained throughout the entire movie. Just take heed that even though the movie is labeled as a horror movie, don't expect to get overly scared out of your seat.

Come on now, let me hear you scream...

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 3 / 10

Awful and Boring SyFy Production

In 1188 A.D., in Limerick City, Ireland, Templar Knights chase a creature through the woods and trap her head in a box.

In the present days Professor Isla Whelan (Lauren Holly) 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 (Marcelle Baer) 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 (Lance Henriksen), whose expertise is in the feminine spirit in Irish mythology.

"Scream of the Banshee" is an awful and boring, but never scary, SyFy horror movie. The messy screenplay is lame, with poor characters development and explanation of the Banshee mythology. My vote is three.

Title (Brazil): "Gritos do Além" ("Screams from Beyond")

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