Lauren Holly. Oh, sweet Lauren Holly. My, my how have you tripped and stooped to such films that are way under your more gifted talents (or assets for that matter). From your Turbulence flight of terror to your sweet, Angel Boris lookalike sweet piece of round booty in Dumb and Dumber to your short-lived stint of empowering women roles in NCIS and, now, you’ve dropped to so called “originals” presented by the After Dark collection. Whats next, Lauren Holly? Will we see you next on Soap Operas and Nickelodeon shows? Scream of the Banshee, part of After Dark collection, should be considered as a Nickelodeon TV show!
A university professor and her understudies are sent a mysterious package with no return address. The contents of the box are that of a gauntlet, a suited metal armor that covers the forearm and hand. A note with the gauntlet directs them to Section 3 where a box has been hidden behind a deteriorating wall. The professor uses the gauntlet to open the box releasing a ear-piercing, blood thirsty terror that will haunt them and kill them if they so much as scream!
My Irish myth knowledge isn’t vast, and perhaps you all didn’t know this either, but are Banshee’s suppose to be ghosts? Like humans, I guess Banshee’s can haunt. In this flick, the Banshee can haunt you in your sleep and while you’re awake and then once it comes for you, you better not scream. If you scream, you die because it feeds off your fear. Have I lost you yet? The synopsis for Scream of the Banshee is a bit of a liar; you don’t die from the Banshee scream like any other lore will lead you believe. Instead, if you scream, you die because then the Banshee will have you tear out your eyes. I’m terribly confused. Don’t expect too much of a body count or any extraordinary bloodtastic scenes. What started off with a promising medieval stand off between spirit hunting knights and the old hag Banshee ended up being a made-for-TV Sy-Fy original.
Scream of the Banshee teaches us an invaluable lesson that will be continued to be broken even when we’re taught to know better. Just because the DVD cover garnishes, in bold bright text, the names of actors and actress you may have heard of or even like, doesn’t make for gold. I kid you not. Lauren Holly, for me, is kind of a big name. I had a bit of a crush on her when I first saw her in Dumb and Dumber. Lance Henrickson, on the other hand, is a very big genre name! Henrickson’s most notable and credible credits include Aliens, Pumpkinhead and Near Dark! But I have to quote another review when I say his name is just being exploited as it is slapped on every $5 bargain bin movie that is released. Plus, his total screen time is probably about 10 minutes. Doesn’t make much sense to me either!
Don’t be distracted by a purposeful lucrative cover that will only make you depressed in the end. In all honesty, the film isn’t half of half bad; there are worse ventures out there, but this one won’t make any waves amongst the cult coast or the hit heights. Lionsgate After Dark original Scream of the Banshee is now available on DVD and rated R for blood horror violence and brief sexual content (there ain’t any!). Cover your ears and your eyes from the Banshee!