‘Some houses were never meant to be a home’
The Banishing is a 2020 British horror feature film about a young reverend and his family who are threatened by a demonic spirit.
Directed by Christopher Smith (Triangle; Severance; Creep) from a screenplay co-written by David Beton, Ray Bogdanovich and Dean Lines, the Westend Films production stars Jessica Brown Findlay, Sean Harris (Possum; Prometheus; Deliver Us from Evil), John Lynch and John Heffernan. Produced by Maya Amsellem, Sharon Harel, Neil Jones and Jason Newmark.
A young reverend, his wife Marianne (Jessica Brown Findlay) and their daughter Adelaide (Anya McKenna-Bruce) move into a manor with a horrifying secret. When a demonic spirit possesses the little girl and threatens to tear the family apart, the reverend is forced to confront his beliefs…
Director Christopher Smith told Variety: “The way I pushed and directed the script is so that the horror is coming out from within the characters. Ghosts are individual for the people; you get haunted by something different to the next man, based on your life. I really wanted to factor that into it.” He added: “You go into the house, and the house unravels you.”
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Cast and characters:
• Jessica Brown Findlay … Marianne
• Sean Harris … Harry Price
• John Lynch … Malachi
• John Heffernan … Linus
• Jason Thorpe … Doctor Sutter
• Cokey Falkow … Barman
• Adam Hugill … Frank
• Anya McKenna-Bruce … Adelaide
• Seamus O’Neill … Old Man
• James Swanton … Monk
• Amy Trigg … Agnes
• Nigel Travis … Burt
• Danny Shayler … Monk
• Sara Apostolaki … Woman in Rags
• Jean St. Clair … Betsy