Christopher Smith on Ghostly Period Piece with The Banishing [Exclusive Interview]

The Banishing starring Jessica Brown Findlay and directed by Christopher Smith

The Banishing starring Jessica Brown Findlay and directed by Christopher Smith

Any old large mansions have history. With The Banishing, the story is haunting with a vengeful spirit living in its corridors as a priest’s family fails to acknowledge the signs.

From the director Christopher Smith (Creep), The Banishing is a ghostly tale that stars Jessica Brown Findlay (Brave New World, Harlots), John Hefferman (Eye in the Sky, Official Secrets), Adam Hugill (1917, Sherwood), with John Lynch (Black Death, The Secret Garden) and Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation, Harry Brown). The script is written by David Beton, Ray Bogdanovich, and Dean Lines.

Here’s the full synopsis:

The Banishing is the true story of the most haunted house in England. A young reverend, his wife, and daughter move into a manor with a horrifying secret. When a vengeful spirit haunts the little girl and threatens to tear the family apart, the reverend and his wife are forced to confront their beliefs. They must turn to black magic by seeking the help of a famous Occultist…or risk losing their daughter.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director Christopher Smith on developing a period haunting film with its mansion, creepy corridors, and mirror effects.

Christopher Smith is known for directing television episodes for Labyrinth, Curfew, Alex Rider, and Temple. He started in the horror genre with films such as Severance, Triangle, and Black Death. Also, he directed the action thriller film Detour that starred Tye Sheridan, Emory Cohen, and Bel Powley.

The Banishing is available on VOD, digitally, DVD, and Blu-ray this Tuesday, November 2.

Watch the exclusive interview with director Christopher Smith below. Let us know what you think of it.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, RLJE Films, Shudder

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Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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