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Critic Reviews for Haunter
Inspiration seems to come from Groundhog Day, Beetlejuice and even The Shining.
"Haunter" offers a freaky, visceral experience - without a hint of gore.
A dull, confusing movie for which nobody bothered to provide a script.
"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.
Audience Reviews for Haunter
Even though it lacks enough scares for a horror film and is a bit more predictable than it has any right to be, this is an efficient new spin on the haunted house movie with a mystery that can be quite compelling when you have no idea what it actually is about.
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.
An uninspiring ghost story, Breslin does well with an uninteresting and un-suspenseful script.
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