Of all the horror sub-genre’s it seems those focusing on the hauntings and supernatural seem to struggle the most. Lately we have gotten a few of the bigger budget releases that have nailed it so in turn we of course get more and more straight to video releases trying their hand at it. The latest, Haunter, brings along a decent cast including Abigail Breslin, David Hewlett, and Stephen McHattie, but does it have the needed story and intensity to deliver the scares?
Haunter follows the ghost of a teenager who died years ago reaches out to the land of the living in order to save someone from suffering her same fate. Much like many of the films in this genre this one struggles mostly on trying to find its footing. There is a good story here with some interesting twists and turns, but the pacing is off and tends to get rather dull at times. Thankfully it’s filled with some good performances, especially from the always great Abigail Breslin who helps to keep it intriguing. The first half of the film is working to create a creepy mysterious tone, but instead starts feeling redundant and not just because of the direction of the story, but it was just dragging it on too long. The last half of the film picks things up quite a bit making for a much better film by the time it ended, but it just takes so long to really find that aspect that it may lose some.
In a sea of failures in this genre, this film limps its way through at times, but thanks to decent performances and a good twist on the story it helps to make for a good rental. If you are looking for a scary film, then this isn’t for you as it doesn’t sport any scary moments, but does strive to bring a few creepy moments to life. This is one of those that will most likely split people down the middle, so check it out and make up your own mind when it hits stores on February 11th.
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