Haunter (2013) Horror Movie Review
Written By: FR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Vincenzo Natali
Writer: Brian King
Producer: Steve Hoban
Date Released: 17 October 2013
Abigail Breslin as Lisa Johnson
Peter Outerbridge as Bruce Johnson
Michelle Nolden as Carol Johnson
Stephen McHattie as Pale Man – Edgar Mullins
David Knoll as Young Edgar
Peter DaCunha as Robert “Robbie” Johnson
Samantha Weinstein as Frances Nichols
Eleanor Zichy as Olivia
Rating = 2.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
A teenager is stuck in a time loop that is not quite the same each time. She must uncover the truth but her actions have consequences for herself and others.
In 1985, on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Lisa discovers that she is stuck in time, living the same day over and over with her parents Bruce and Carol and her little brother Robbie. Soon she learns that they are dead and trapped on the day that they were murdered but she finds that she can contact other people. Out of the blue, a stranger comes to her house telling that he is going to fix the telephone line but indeed to threaten her to stop the contacts. Lisa finds that she is contacting victims of the killer in different timelines including the future, and the killer’s name is Edgar.
There is not a lot of gore in this film. A few jump scares. Most of the intensity is in how the story is being told. There are a few disturbing scenes like a woman is shown burning to death. The skin starts melting, but it is obviously a CGI. A little boy and two adults start decaying rapidly in front of the camera. They turn to bones and fall to the floor. None of the killings are graphic.
The Grave Review
Haunter (2013) is a supernatural horror thriller movie that is not too bad it was a good watch. It contains violence, zero gore, suspense, jump scares, sitting on the edge of your seat moments and some frightening scenes. Director Vincenzo Natali did a good job on this movie, but not as good as other movies he directed like Cube. The CGI effects could have been better as you can tell that CGI was used in some scenes, it did not seem natural.
The movie follows the story of Lisa (Abigail Breslin) and his family. It involves The Pale Man (Stephen McHattie) killing young girls. He eventually dies and possesses the body of Lisa’s father, Bruce (Peter Outerbridge). He makes the father kill his family and now the ghost of his daughter, Lisa is stuck in 1985, on the same day of her death which keeps on repeating itself. She was stuck with her family in the house they were murdered in and she is the only one that knows that they are repeating the same thing every day until the middle of the movie.
Olivia and her family are now residing in the house and will be the next victims. Olivia and Lisa made a connection through personal belongings and now Lisa is trying to help this family before it is too late. Olivia’s family is unaware of the dangerous atrocity they could face.
In addition to Ms. Breslin’s fascinating and completely appealing performance as Lisa, there’s also some great work from the effortlessly insidious Stephen McHattie, as well as Peter Outerbridge and Michelle Nolden as Lisa’s kind but clueless parents. Simply put, Haunter is still enjoyable to watch. It works as a sly deconstruction of ghost stories and a laid-back compilation of all the things we enjoy most about haunted house movies.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Haunter (2013) two and half graves out of five graves.
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