Haunt

2014

Action / Horror / Mystery / Romance

145
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 36%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 32%
IMDb Rating 5.2 10 7075

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Danielle Chuchran as Sara Asher
Ione Skye as Emily Asher
Jacki Weaver as Janet Morello
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Nigel P 6 / 10

Spoilers follow ...

I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to. When the accompanying blurb tells of a family that moves into a house with a frightening past, fears arise of a certain degree of predictability and series of events that have been used time and time again.

In all honesty, 'Haunt' doesn't exactly push the envelope to escape the limitations of the format, but what it does, it does well. The family are fine, intelligent and believable. The story, however, belongs to Evan, the son, and Sam, the girl he finds alone in the woods nearby. Harrison Gilbertson and Liana Liberato are attractive, appealing leads. Their prominence does however ensure other family members appear under-written. The youngest daughter Anita (Ella Harris), for example, shows signs of spectral communication with whatever presence is in the house, but this comes to nothing. Eldest daughter sensible Sarah (Daniella C. Ryan) is largely superfluous.

A crystal radio is used to perform a séance. This might be the most effective part of the story. When static-fuzzed voices and noises begin coming through this vintage machinery, the effects are chilling.

Other than that, 'Haunt' is a slow-burning, often character-based story that hots up towards the end, providing an unexpected climax.

Reviewed by hnhovitz 2 / 10

I really cannot you guys.

The film opens with kind of a creepy, promising narrative given by the actress (Jackie Weaver) who played the daughter in All in the Family whose haggard appearance is perhaps the most frightening aspect of the movie.

Here's how it pans out: main 18-year-old dude goes for a good old fashioned stroll through the snowy woods and finds a girl in the freezing cold with no jacket crying about something she won't reveal. Next night, she ends up in the bed of our main guy—she sneaks on in there, by the way, and he wakes up to find her there, and is just like yeah, sure, no problem, and promises to protect her.

Two jump scares and a cheap CGI character aren't enough to hold this movie up, and by the time you get to the end, nobody's motivations make any sense, living or dead, and are inconsistent to say the least.

STOP now if you want to be surprised, because here comes the spoiler, and while there are several plot holes and unanswered questions, this is the one that irks me: if that girl from the woods is the daughter of Jackie Weaver's now-dead husband and his mistress, the fact that the girl says her mother died obviously holds up. The fact that she has a drunk dad who beats her...that's clearly not her birth dad, right, because the ghost comes for the birth dad too, in the movie's cold open? And we don't get to see the dad's face when the kid comes to check on the girl for a reason, as it's very obviously blurred, making you think that it will somehow become relevant. It doesn't.

Did someone decide "meh, that's good enough" when they went back and realized they had to cover their tracks when it came to one of the most important plot elements of the film—which, seriously, leads to nothing—the fact that her dad beats her?

Also, um, for what reason does this ghost want to kill the 'biological' dad in the beginning? Weren't they in love? What did he do wrong? I'm gonna give her the benefit of the doubt and guess that it's because he sat there like an idiot watching his wife about to slit this woman's throat without making a move to stop her.

Then again, I sat there like an idiot watching all 87 minutes of this nonsense, so I guess that makes us even.

Oh, and the ghost lets one person live: THE WOMAN WHO KILLED HER. REALLY? YOU'RE KILLING INNOCENT CHILDREN BUT SHE'S GOOD TO GO? Also, way to go framing your daughter for murder and getting her sent to jail, ghost lady! You are totally crushing it when it comes to getting that vengeance of yours on everyone except the one person you should be concerned with.

IFC Midnight is really starting to drop the ball.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 3 / 10

Dark and unlikeable

As a commentator has noted, HAUNT is one boring haunted house movie; a dark, muddled, cookie cutter viewing experience about a house haunted by evil spirits that seems to mine American HORROR STORY for inspiration without ever doing anything by itself. It's a tiresome film, with a set-up no different from dozens of other movies, and yet it seems to think it's telling some kind of story worth telling.

The narrative centres around the usual annoying American teenage characters who move into a house with a dark history. Once there they discover an old crystal radio set in the attic and use it to communicate with the dead. I liked the method of communication with the otherworld, but everything else that transpires here is lame and predictable, and the ghosts are anything but scary. Add in the usual bad acting, poor cinematography, and unlikeable characters and you have a rather worthless production.

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