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To Be In 3D Or Not To Be In 3D?
By James Whittington, Monday 26th August 2013

The Banshee ChapterOne of my favourite films of the festival has been Banshee Chapter 3Dwhich was shown earlier today. This eccentric movie is real gem of a chiller with some seriously creepy performances from a cast that includes the legendary Ted Levine.

In 1963 the U.S. government began experimenting on unsuspecting Americans with chemical agents intended to induce mind control. The programme was named ‘MK-ULTRA’ and the results were horrifying… When her best friend James Hirsch goes missing, Internet journalist Anne Roland decides to investigate and discovers he made a videotape of himself taking a mind-altering drug before vanishing into thin air. Further probing guides her to anarchist poet and novelist Thomas Blackburn who gets illegally high on LSD-type hallucinogens supplied by a friend. But when Anne learns this friend has been extracting the drug from the pineal glands of dead humans, the search leads to the mysterious Chamber 5 in a Black Rock desert research centre where she enters an alternate universe of stretched sanity, brain receivers, sinister Numbers stations and Lovecraftian illusion.

Carrying on the conspiracy theory that was seen in, err Conspiracy last night, this takes a more raw look at such things. Director Blair Erickson channels all his energy into his movie making sure the quick pace of the story never lets itself down. Levine as Blackburn is outstanding, taking the basic character of a lost drunk stoner and taking it to a dangerous, drug-fuelled place that is so dangerous only few have survived. Why it was shot in 3D I don’t know as it added nothing to the movie which stood out in 2D. Well worth checking out.


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