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Haunter Reviews

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

It's hard to dislike a film that has so much fun with the idea that for isolated teens, every day is like Sunday.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

April 4, 2014
Curtis Woloschuk
Total Film

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.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

April 2, 2014
Kevin A. Ranson

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.0/4.0

February 8, 2014
Elias Savada
Film Threat

Haunter isn't an extraordinary ghost tale, but it's got a nice lyrical blend of fear, gloom, and unsettling evil moments...

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 29, 2013
Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times
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"Haunter" offers a freaky, visceral experience - without a hint of gore.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 24, 2013
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A very entertaining amalgam of "The Others" and "Amityville Horror"...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

October 21, 2013
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Cult director Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) has come up with an unusual, refreshing take on a typical ghost story.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2013
Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
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Lifted by the sepulchral Stephen McHattie as Lisa's nemesis, the film's frazzled thought experiment becomes an adequate yarn.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 17, 2013
Joe Leydon
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Abigail Breslin is effective enough to generate a rooting interest in the plucky protagonist of the piece, and to sustain interest when narrative logic turns fuzzy.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 14, 2013
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Clever haunted-house pic will please more than hardcore fright fans.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

October 14, 2013
Staci Layne Wilson
Inside Horror

Deft direction, strong performances, and an absorbing story elevate Haunter to the status of one of the better 'family' horror films of recent years.

Full Review Source: Inside Horror

October 9, 2013
Travis Hopson

It's a puzzling, beautifully constructed reverse ghost story that shows Natali is unafraid to push the envelope regardless of the genre.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 6, 2013
Anton Bitel
Grolsch Film Works

the clever ideas quickly give way to a more straightforward - and therefore less satisfying - battle between good and evil (resolved explicitly in terms of heaven and hell).

Full Review Source: Grolsch Film Works

September 2, 2013
William Bibbiani

Clever, unexpected, and elevated by an engaging leading lady performance from Abigail Breslin. It's also convoluted as hell.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 7/10

March 15, 2013
William Goss
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Haunter continues the close-but-no-cigar tradition of Natali's post-Cube endeavors.

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March 13, 2013
Scott Weinberg

A lovely homage to haunted house cinema -- and a very crafty ghost story in its own right.

Full Review Source: FEARnet

March 11, 2013
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

The biggest pleasures here come from how thought-through and rigorous this weird little universe is; how Natali and King commit fully to their story and follow it through to a satisfying conclusion.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: B

March 10, 2013
Dee Rudebeck

A good performance from Breslin keeps tension alive, but hope for a really scary and inventive fright dies screaming in the basement.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

April 3, 2014
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Inspiration seems to come from Groundhog Day, Beetlejuice and even The Shining.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

December 19, 2013
Matt Prigge

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.

Full Review Source: Metro | Original Score: 2/5

November 14, 2013
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