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Critic Reviews for Haunter
It's hard to dislike a film that has so much fun with the idea that for isolated teens, every day is like Sunday.
A good performance from Breslin keeps tension alive, but hope for a really scary and inventive fright dies screaming in the basement.
Inspiration seems to come from Groundhog Day, Beetlejuice and even The Shining.
"Haunter" offers a freaky, visceral experience - without a hint of gore.
A dull, confusing movie for which nobody bothered to provide a script.
Audience Reviews for Haunter
Even though it lacks enough scares for a horror film and is a bit more predictable than it has any right to be, this is an efficient new spin on the haunted house movie with a mystery that can be quite compelling when you have no idea what it actually is about.
Vincenzo Natali makes good use of "fog" in Haunter. That is both a positive and a negative.
The story has an interesting concept going for it and the film's first act is a definite hook. The rest of the 90+ minute story, while showcasing a few other positive tidbits, tends to be unexciting, predictable, and even a bit fuzzy with some of its plot details.
The dark atmosphere and storytelling create a nice level of suspense with only a few minor scares to back it up. This is much more a mystery thriller than it is a horror.
Despite a lackadaisical pace, Abigail Breslin has some spunk in her performance and that stands out over everything else in this picture. Stephen McHattie also finds himself with a fitting character.
Haunter never pushes itself into greatness; however, it does have enough to pass the time. Once again, the introduction contains the most intrigue.
An uninspiring ghost story, Breslin does well with an uninteresting and un-suspenseful script.