Period Haunted House Flick ‘The Banishing’ Should be Banished to the Bargain Bin

Sommerleigh Pollonais, Horror Head Writer

Plot: In 1930s England a young reverend, his wife, and their daughter move into a manor only to discover that sinister forces are at work.

Review: I wished I had banished this one from my list of horror movies to watch this week because it turned out to be an exercise in tedium.

There’s only a couple things worthy of praise in The Banishing. Firstly, decent cinematography and secondly the actors who try their best to bring some sort of life to this lazy excuse for a haunted house movie.

Yes, it is a bit of a fixer-upper

Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey, Brave New World) and John Heffernan (2020 Dracula miniseries, Official Secrets) kept me invested enough where I wanted to see this out to the end. But even the damn ending left me with more questions than answers, not because it was ambiguous or anything, but just because (SPOILER ALERT) there’s a subplot concerning Nazis, Hitler, and for some reason an evil priest who is working with them to procure occult stuff. The whole thing adds nothing to the actual plot, and in my opinion felt like it belonged in a different movie.

Don’t waste your time and energy (like I did) watching The Banishing. There are a ton of better haunted house movies out there. The only thing this movie is good for is as a sleep aid for insomnia.

Sommer’s Score: 4 out of 10

For my review of horror film Ghosts of War you can click here. Or for Featured Writer Alice’s review of new Netflix horror flick Things Heard and Seen you can click here.

2755F829-2EEC-4A68-B6F7-F963F48C9D92 Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.

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