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Haunter (2013)



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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 Filmsmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Matthew Brian King, Brian King
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 11, 2014
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Stephen McHattie
as The Pale Man
David Hewlett
as Olivia's Father
Samantha Weinstein
as Frances Nichols
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Critic Reviews for Haunter

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (10)

Inspiration seems to come from Groundhog Day, Beetlejuice and even The Shining.

Full Review… | December 19, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

"Haunter" offers a freaky, visceral experience - without a hint of gore.

Full Review… | October 24, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A dull, confusing movie for which nobody bothered to provide a script.

Full Review… | October 23, 2013
New York Observer
Top Critic

The plot spirals into increasing fuzziness ...

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

Lifted by the sepulchral Stephen McHattie as Lisa's nemesis, the film's frazzled thought experiment becomes an adequate yarn.

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

An uninspiring ghost story, Breslin does well with an uninteresting and un-suspenseful script.

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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