When self-experimenter James (Michael McMillan) vanishes after trying a contraband CIA chemical called DMT-19, his former college friend, journalist Anne (Katia Winter) believes his mysterious disappearance could be linked to a cryptic short wave radio signal heard on James’ last recorded video message. Following a lead, Anne discovers the awful truth that DMT-19 is in fact a chemical catalyst that turns the human brain into a receiver so that entities from another dimension can come through. With the help of counter-culture writer Thomas Blackburn (Ted Levine), Anne then sets out to locate and destroy the source of the signal before the creatures can create more hosts to wear.
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In 1963 the US government really did experiment on people with chemical agents intended to induce mind control. The top-secret programme was called MK-Ultra, and resulted in the deaths of some 10,000 US citizens. Banshee Chapter takes this…
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Interview first published (in shorter version) by Grolsch FilmWorks
Banshee Chapter has certainly shaken up the horror circuit with its potent cocktail of twentieth-century history and gonzo fiction, of hallucinatory excess and alien intrusions, of crazy character comedy and skin-crawling terror. We chatted with director/co-writer Blair Erickson about the secrets behind his low-budget 3D feature debut.
Grolsch FilmWorks: What idea kickstarted the screenplay for Banshee Chapter? and how did you work with your co-writer Daniel J. Healy?
Blair Erickson: The idea started with when I was just reading some books on DMT [dimethyltryptamine] research and the MKULTRA project. There were a quite a few discussions of the effects of the chemicals used and speculation by some if the compounds might be unlocking parts of your brain that communicate with alternate dimensions. It was a fascinating idea and one not easily shook.
I had actually never met Daniel Healy…
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(2011) Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Marton Csokas, Elias Koteas, Taylor Geare, Claire Geare, Rachel G Fox, and Jane Alexander
Despite the excellent performances, I just didn’t get into this film. I’d been expecting a generic haunted house film, so when the big reveal happened mid-way through the film, I was genuinely surprised. Unfortunately, my interest took a pretty sharp nose dive right after, since I figured out exactly what was going to happen at the end. I had to fight myself not to skip to the end just to see if I was right. It was an interesting idea, but the final product ultimately failed to impress. I just spent a lot of time bored, even allowing myself to play a little game on my phone while I watched. Never a good sign. But I made it to the end, which, it turns out, I was…
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