A family of five moves into a beautiful, sprawling dream home. One problem: it's cursed, having caused the deaths of the previous family to occupy it, leaving only one survivor (Jacki Weaver). The family's moody 18-year-old son and his mysterious new neighbor inadvertently awaken something in the house while also violently shaking the many skeletons in the many closets. Mac Carter's debut feature is a frightening and powerful character-driven haunted-house film that isn't afraid to take the action outside. (c) IFC … More
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Critic Reviews for Haunt
Making a virtue of unoriginality, this clammy little ghost story, confidently directed by Mac Carter, conjures a whole heap of atmosphere from little more than clever camera angles and bedsheet apparitions.
By the time the final act unleashes its revelations and peril, "Haunt" has felt more like an exercise in formal spookiness than a full-blooded story of lingering malevolence.
There's lots of mixed film stock and screeches on the soundtrack (as in the credits for "Seven"), but this gets annoying, as do the predictable twists.
There is virtually nothing in Mac Carter's horror flick that deviates from the standard haunted house plot (or, in this case, plod).
The frustration here comes from the filmmakers' inability to present characters with dimension, so that we might come to identify with them and their fears.
Given a better script -- or at least, one that was a little more self-aware -- Haunt could have been a solid scare.
A respectably old-school chiller that feels sort of refreshing, even if it doesn't leave much of an impression.
A humdrum, even irritating slog that, safe to say, won't be giving anyone a sleepless night.
Mac Carter repeatedly compromises his intuitive, and often elegantly framed, glances at his main characters' teenage blues by too busily going through amateur-night gesticulations of spooking his audience.
[Haunt] assumes [clichés] are all a horror audience craves, even if the events as a whole lack the slightest semblance of logic.
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