Lisa Johnson is one day shy of her sixteenth birthday. And she will be forever. She and her family are dead and doomed to repeat that fateful last day before they were all killed in 1985. Only Lisa has "woken up" and realizes what is going on. She starts to feel as if she is being haunted, but the "ghost" turns out to be Olivia, a very much alive girl who lives in the house in the present day with her own family. With her help, Lisa discovers that the house once belonged to a serial killer who kidnapped teenage girls and burned their remains in a hidden furnace room. When he died, he became a Haunter - a powerful, evil spirit able to possess the living. (c) IFC Films … More
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Critic Reviews for Haunter
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.
Lifted by the sepulchral Stephen McHattie as Lisa's nemesis, the film's frazzled thought experiment becomes an adequate yarn.
The occasionally intriguing, but ultimately middling Haunter is caught in some kind of gauzy haunted-house purgatory between a girl-powered YA story and a ghostly serial-killer mystery.
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.
Though [Natali's] haunted-house tale ultimately lacks the strong storytelling its high concept calls for, it still compels with its ambition, occasional eloquence, and heart-in-the-right- place vibe.
A tightly wound slow-burn ghost story that blends the best elements of the genre... could have certainly held its own in theaters with a little positive word of mouth.
Without distraction, attention can drift to the poor, cheesy lo-fi effects, which look as shifty as they did in Natali's 'Cypher,' but without the relentlessly nutty plot twists that jerk us merrily around.
Haunter isn't an extraordinary ghost tale, but it's got a nice lyrical blend of fear, gloom, and unsettling evil moments...
A very entertaining amalgam of "The Others" and "Amityville Horror"...
Never completely loses the viewer's interest, but the edgy, enigmatic would-be momentum goes slack in the second half as the slim plot extends to 97 minutes when 80 would have made for a tauter experience.
Cult director Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) has come up with an unusual, refreshing take on a typical ghost story.
"Haunter" has a solid setup, but the further Natali and King coax you into their labyrinth, the harder it becomes to appreciate what initially made their film so promising.
Regrettably, while Haunter is initially intriguing...it soon proves incapable of unraveling its conceit, except through excessively convoluted means.
Audience Reviews for Haunter
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.More
More like a film school project than a real release, you'll spend the first hour considering what film each sequence was stolen from, and the action is fast-paced with that as the driving motif, but don't be fooled. Ultimately it has nowhere new to go and arrives at the same old same old too slowly for your liking. Unfortunately as well, there are no stand out personalities to carry us over the paucity of ideas.More
Atmospheric and suspenseful, Haunter is an impressive supernatural thriller. A 15-year-old girl named Lisa starts to realize that she and her family are dead, trapped in a purgatory, but when she attempts to reach out to the living a mysterious stranger stops her. Abigail Breslin and Stephen McHattie give exceptional performances that have emotional resonance. However, the pacing is a little slow and takes a while to setup the plot. Still, Haunter manages to deliver an intense and frightening horror film.More
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