Scream of the Banshee is another movie from the After Dark Originals collection. I have difficulty criticising these films because they're made by unknown up-and-coming directors on minuscule budgets. Making movies ain't easy and given the restraints the After Dark films are impressive. By no means my favourite of the lot, Scream of the Banshee is nonetheless an affective and gory little fright flick. A university archaeology professor receivers a strange artefact in the shape of a box. Dating back thousands of years the box contains the severed head of an ancient Banshee, a mythical creature from Celtic folklore. The creature escapes and carnage ensues. It's bloodcurdling scream is shrilling enough to rapture eardrums and kill people. The story is similar to Peter Hyam's Relic and what appealed to me most about Scream of the Banshee is the creature concept. They've attempted to give us a new movie-monster, one that we haven't seen before. There are no CGI f/x and the creature harks back to the Evil Dead style of monster. A rotting, putrid, witch-like character with matted hair and elongated claw-like fingers. It's a fantastic character-invention that's genuinely creepy, deliciously repulsive and would have made Stan Winston proud. The story does fall into a lot of cliches but that's expected and easily forgiven due to a creative aesthetic and well paced story. The beauty about initiatives like The After Dark project is that new talents emerge. The director of Banshee has gone on to helm the recent remake of Silent Night Deadly Night. Hopefully we'll see a lot more of him in the future.