I didn’t realize that Banshee Chapter is actually an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s From The Beyond when I started watching it. All I knew about the plot was that it some how concerned unethical testing of hallucinogenics on people. Let me say that this movie actually scared me pretty good. By reworking the Lovecraft themes through the lens of government conspiracy makes it easy to not realize the true extent of the horror until the final act of the film.
The plot revolves around a young journalist trying to figure out the events surrounding the sudden mysterious disappearance of a friend who had taken a strong hallucinogen before disappearing off the face of the earth. Her search leads her to a Hunter S. Thompson-esque writer and a conspiracy with sinister implications.
The movie is chock full of incredibly chilling scenes. While the effects are not the most stellar they are sparingly used. The film has the feeling at first like it is a documentary but as it progresses the perspective is as if you are there experiencing the horrors from beyond.
The film presents an enjoyable and more importantly terrifying take on Lovecraft. It is modern, eerie and all round a great flick and worth checking out if you are a hardcore Lovecraft lover or don’t know a Cthulhu from calamari.