The first trailer for The Banshee Chapter arrived today, and it is very good indeed. Written and directed by Blair Erickson, and produced by Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, American Horror Story), the film looks extremely promising, and very unsettling. All the details can be found in the below press release, and the trailer is embedded at the bottom of this post.
The Press Release:
XLrator Media has acquired all U.S. rights to writer/director Blair Erickson’s 3D horror-thriller THE BANSHEE CHAPTER starring Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs), Katia Winter (“Dexter”) and Michael McMillian (“True Blood”), XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon announced.
The film was produced by Sunchaser Entertainment’s Stephanie Riggs, Before the Door’s Corey Moosa and Sean Akers, and Christian Arnold-Beutel. Zachary Quinto and Neal Dodson of Before the Door executive produced with Ben Samuels, Marcus Schoefer and Gudrun Giddings. The deal was negotiated by Gordon and Mike Radiloff for XLrator Media and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.
THE BANSHEE CHAPTER centers on a female journalist (Winter) who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend (McMillian) who had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests. A fast-paced blend of fact and fiction, the story is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony, and uncovered secrets about covert programs run by the CIA.
“In keeping with our commitment to foster first-time feature directors, Before the Door is proud of our collaboration with THE BANSHEE CHAPTER writer/director Blair Erickson. He has created a movie that is as scary as it is intelligent and rooted in a fascinating and factual historical context. We’re excited about partnering with XLrator Media to bring this unique vision to audiences this fall,” said Zachary Quinto.
“We’re thrilled to work with the producers of MARGIN CALL on the release of their first genre film,” said Gordon. “Shot in 3D, the film’s seamless blend of fact and fiction, archival footage and historically accurate recreations creates a nightmarish experience of stunning realism and intensity.”
Before the Door’s first feature, J.C. Chandor’s MARGIN CALL, premiered at Sundance in 2011, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and won the Best First Feature award at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards. The company has also produced Chandor’s next film ALL IS LOST starring Robert Redford and the Victor Quinaz-directed comedy BREAK UP AT A WEDDING, both of which will be released later this year.
Sunchaser Entertainment produced the Tony Honor-nominated documentary THE STANDBYS about Broadway understudies and standbys which will be released in theaters later this year.
Christian Arnold-Beutel is the Germany-based executive producer of THE LEDGE, FLYPAPER and IRONCLAD among other films.