The Banishing is directed by Chris Smith (Creep, Severance) and follows a family of three, a reverend (John Lynch), his wife (Jessica Brown Findlay), and their daughter (Anya McKenna-Bruce), that move into a haunted house. When the girl is haunted by a spirit, their only chance of help may come from an Occultist (Sean Harris) which goes against the reverend’s beliefs.
And it’s “based on the true story” of England’s most haunted house. The marketing material for The Banishing plays up the fact that it “tells the true story of the most haunted house in England,” although it does this without actually mentioning where or what the house is.
Here’s the trailer –
The official synopsis for The Banishing reads –
“A young reverend and 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.”
Folks might know Jessica Brown Findlay best from her role as Lady Sybil Branson on the drama Downton Abbey. Findlay also played Charlotte Wells in Harlots and voices Lenore on Netflix’s Castlevania. Findlay also starred in the Brave New World series adaptation as Lenina Crowne and is starring in the fantasy family-musical Iris Warriors from director Roydon Turner alongside Cindy Okkers and Sven-Eric Muller.
Shudder will be releasing The Banishing in Australia and New Zealand, North America, UK and Ireland. No release date has been announced as yet.