Haunt (2014)

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A family of five moves into a beautiful, sprawling dream home. One problem: it's cursed, having caused the deaths of the previous family to occupy it, leaving only one survivor (Jacki Weaver). The family's moody 18-year-old son and his mysterious new neighbor inadvertently awaken something in the house while also violently shaking the many skeletons in the many closets. Mac Carter's debut feature is a frightening and powerful character-driven haunted-house film that isn't afraid to take the action outside. (c) IFC
Rating:
R (for some horror violence, disturbing images and brief drug use)
Genre:
Horror
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Cast

Liana Liberato
as Samantha
Jacki Weaver
as Janet Morello
Ione Skye
as Emily Asher
Brian Wimmer
as Alan Asher
Nicole Danielle
as Sara Asher
Ella Harris
as Anita Asher
Carl Hadra
as Franklin Morello
Sebastian Barr
as Matthew Morello
Kelly Brooke
as Oldest Morello Daughter
Maggie Scott
as Youngest Morello Daughter
Jan B. Felt
as Meredith Tanner
Aline Andrade
as Young Woman
Kasia Kowalczyk
as Demon Creature
Kelly Noonan
as Real Esate Agent
Danielle Chuchran
as Sara Asher
Sebastian Michael Barr
as Matthew Morello
Jan Broberg Felt
as Meredith Tanner
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Critic Reviews for Haunt

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

Making a virtue of unoriginality, this clammy little ghost story, confidently directed by Mac Carter, conjures a whole heap of atmosphere from little more than clever camera angles and bedsheet apparitions.

March 6, 2014
New York Times
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By the time the final act unleashes its revelations and peril, "Haunt" has felt more like an exercise in formal spookiness than a full-blooded story of lingering malevolence.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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There's lots of mixed film stock and screeches on the soundtrack (as in the credits for "Seven"), but this gets annoying, as do the predictable twists.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

There is virtually nothing in Mac Carter's horror flick that deviates from the standard haunted house plot (or, in this case, plod).

Full Review… | March 5, 2014
New York Post
Top Critic

I've had bigger scares from the windows at FAO Schwarz.

Full Review… | March 5, 2014
New York Observer
Top Critic

The frustration here comes from the filmmakers' inability to present characters with dimension, so that we might come to identify with them and their fears.

Full Review… | March 4, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Haunt

I liked this story. I thought in all it was done nicely, had few strange parts but a creepy strange, meaning good. Weird stuff happened I felt sad for the young boy at the end though, almost makes me think a part 2 could follow....

Jerry Edwards
Jerry Edwards

What's wrong with people? This was a perfectly acceptable haunted house movie. Painfully typically, but respectfully executed. Some scary pops here and there, and also a nice slow burn to the whole thing. This didn't do anything original, but it didn't really do anything wrong either. At no point while watching this did I feel like "Yeah, this is totally a shit movie." I watched the whole thing without huffing and puffing, and I quite enjoyed the ending. Decent concept, decent execution.

Erick Freitas
Erick Freitas

It is not completely unwatchable, but the movie does have a ton of problems. It feels convoluted and the storytelling mechanism is poorly implemented. There is little to no character development and this is made even worse due to some questionable acting. It is not terribly scary and it has many ideas that make it seem more like a mess of so-so scenes to make a ghost movie. Ultimately, it is very dissapointing to see how it all feels so shallow and underutilised. The characters, the story, the house, the relationships, the personalities, it all feels very worthless and mediocre. Again, not completely unwatchable, but meh.

Pablo Gonzalez
Pablo Gonzalez

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