Average Rating: 5.3/10
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Average Rating: 5/10
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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
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Inspiration seems to come from Groundhog Day, Beetlejuice and even The Shining.
"Haunter" offers a freaky, visceral experience - without a hint of gore.
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...
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.
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