Haunter Reviews

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Super Reviewer
April 11, 2014
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.
Super Reviewer
March 13, 2014
An uninspiring ghost story, Breslin does well with an uninteresting and un-suspenseful script.
Super Reviewer
½ March 12, 2014
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.
Super Reviewer
March 29, 2014
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.
Super Reviewer
November 7, 2013
This latest Canadian supernatural thriller, directed by Vincenzo Natali is starring amazingly talented Abigail Breslin. It was produced by Copperheart Entertainment and written by Brian King and the director Vincenzo Natali. It is a very interesting mix, and story of Lisa (Abigail Breslin) will engage you fully until the last moments.

Lisa believes she is being haunted by a young girl named Olivia. But, we slowly find out that the truth is actually reversed: Lisa is actually dead and stuck on the same day in 1985. Olivia is alive in the present day with her family. With Olivia's help, Lisa finds out that the house used to be owned by a serial killer who kidnapped teenage girls and buried them in the furnace room. When he died he became a Haunter and never left the house. Lisa must get rid of the haunter to save the lives of the family now currently living in the house. You will find out that it is very difficult to "tide up" all the loose ends in this type of a story, and have everything working logically... if you start analysing! My suggestion is - don't do that! Appreciate the unusual, refreshing take on a typical scary story with a few twists in-between. It will never completely lose your interest with its edgy, enigmatic feel perfectly combined in the mystery without any gore.

Casting Abigail Breslin was the right decision to make - she is definitely a real star, and shows outstanding performing abilities in any situation. If you really like suspense, mystery, good scares, a music perfectly combined with the theme and every scene, please, check this one out. Don't think too much, just quietly sit at the edge of your chair with few jumps in between the scenes from the excitement... and let your heart bits as fast as it wants!
½ March 30, 2015
An excellent psychological/supernatural horror film that I would've never known about if I didn't subscribe to Netflix. Thanks, Netflix, for giving me this gem.
½ August 2, 2014
This film contains elements of Groundhog Day, The Sixth Sense, and numerous haunted house movies, but it is a strikingly original story in which those elements are played out in a very different way. I won't ruin it by describing the plot but it is an excellent story that contains only one really predictable element. Along with it excellent story, this film offers an outstanding cast who give fine performances, solid production values and solid direction. No blood and gore. No cheap special effects. This is classic horror with a very original concept.
½ July 8, 2014
Creepy and atmospheric direction, mixed with a fresh and interesting script and a great performance from Abigail Breslin makes Haunter a great genre film. For people looking for great jump scares, you're probably not going to enjoy what you find. Haunter isn't a horror film in the traditional sense, but it has its strong points.

Natali is a director that cares about crafting unique experiences. He has a strong eye for visual storytelling, and he works well with the art department. Very early on Natali gets you acquainted to the universe, but he doesn't spell anything out. Through repetition and creative plotting, Natali gives the audience all the information they need to figure out the puzzle alongside Breslin.

It's not without its problems. It can be a little silly, and the end doesn't really hold up to scrutiny. But the film is an enjoyable journey into the horror genre, and a satisfying follow up to Natali's last film.
May 27, 2014
I would rate this higher if I knew that this concept hadn't been done before. I do not know that, however, and in a world where everything has been done before, I suspect this one has been, too.

The core concept is just remarkably satisfying to see untangle. Some non-concept and conceptual brethren films are easy to spot within both the script and general visual aesthetic, ranging from Triangle to Inception to Insidious.

I guess I can see why people would rate this poorly; the deeper you get, the hazier the plot points become. For me, however, it is an acceptable level of haziness. It's kind of incredible that the plot remains as coherent as it does.

While a ghost story, Haunter turns the typical haunting and turns it on its head. (I don't think the mirror motif that runs throughout this is accidental.) Abigail Breslin plays a dead girl caught in a day-long loop. You could point to Groundhog Day as the boring comparison here, though other movies have made use of the concept (especially in the horror genre) that points closer to Haunter's tone (the aforementioned Triangle, Salvage, probably others).

But what all of those movies lack is showcasing a haunting from the viewpoint of a ghost. But Casper this ain't. Haunter shows a really creepy version of death that does about as good of a job depicting the "life" and thought processes of a ghost as anything I can imagine.

Of course, such grandeur comes with a big caveat. For a horror film, Haunter is going to lack the scares that most people look for in horror. Oh, it tries to stir some sense of horror within the viewer by nailing the atmosphere and dishing up some nice jump-scares. But we all know that neither of those things truly delivers what horror fans of 2014 look for in a horror experience.

I'm willing to give it a pass on that, though, largely because the concept--and execution of it--really struck a chord with me.
½ May 6, 2014
It's artsy fartsy, but it should still be given a chance. The cinematography was actually pretty kewl, the way they differentiate all the ghosts from the living. It's kinda confusing, but it's supposed to be that way, absolutely a movie you have to pay attention to when watching, or you will miss a lot.
½ February 13, 2014
Somewhere between the set-up of Beetlejuice and Groundhog Day lies Haunter, an interesting film that just can't quite deliver the goods. Haunter opens with an interesting--if not entirely original premise--a young girl in the 1980s is reliving the same day over and over again for reasons she can't explain. Soon, the film becomes a rather tired ghost story with little genuine creepiness and an absence of good scares.
½ February 16, 2014
most interesting ghost story i've seen in a while. too bad it wasn't from the producers of Paranormal Activity, then it would've had a real theatrical release.
November 21, 2013
The first twenty-five minutes-or-so of the little IFC horror film, Haunter, are actually quite good and it captured my interest and curiosity but the story spirals out of control and becomes a confusing hodgepodge of a film as it progresses. Starring Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland), the film is a cross between Groundhog Day (without the laughs) and the first season of 'American Horror Story' with pieces of several other well-known fright-flicks littered throughout (they are quite obvious while onscreen). Breslin stars as Lisa, a typical teenager who alone seems to realize that her life is on repeat ... alone with her family (mom, dad and little brother) in a house that is entrenched in an (apparently) eternal spooky, moody fog. As she tries to break the repetitiveness with moments of rebellion, she eventually discovers a secret, hidden door in her basement and finds a young girl in need of help. Haunter provides flashbacks of backstory as Lisa discovers more-and-more about the history of her home; but as more-and-more is introduced to the audience there are that many more plot points to lose control of ... which the director does. Boo! There was much potential in a horror film that would utilize the well-known Groundhog Day premise but the film ultimately does little with it (as Haunter's best moments are found at the film's start). Breslin is never bad here ... it is just that the film is nothing special. It is mediocre horror-lite.
June 18, 2015
Sets an interesting mood and plot, though the special effects suck and the characters are weakly developed and poorly acted
April 6, 2015
The whole premise is pretty unbelievable making the attempted scares lose most of their impact. Stays just on the right side of hammy but in the end it is neither that memorable or effective. The type of horror movie to put me off horror movies!
½ February 10, 2015
Bellamente triste pero muy meeeh
January 20, 2015
The "oh we are the ghosts" plot point isn't played as a surprise, which I found refreshing. I had braced to be condescended to there and it didn't happen. That's merely an element of Lisa's reality, and the story quickly moves on.

I did not expect to feel frightened for someone who is already dead, and was curious how Haunter would manage it. Now I know! Really pleasing, though it's too bad Natali didn't take a little more time with the ending. Such careful use was made of setting elements and time periods and teeny tiny changes in dialogue that I would have liked to see what the full plot progression could have looked like without any dei ex machina.
December 30, 2014
The movie ?#?Haunter? with Abigail Breslin is a great suspense film. Def recommend it. Very original in my opinion.
½ December 11, 2014
We figured with Abagail in it we had a shot at a good movie and we were right. It was very different and she did a great job as usual.
½ December 7, 2014
An inventive, original horror movie; well written, well acted and well executed but very confusing at times and by the end of the movie, not all questions have been answered.
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