Thursday, 14 August 2014

Review: Haunter (2013)

IMDB rate: 5,9
Genre: Ghost

Another Netflix title that seemed kinda interesting. First of all, the subtitles were very annoying so I might have missed a few things. This isn't the fault of the movie of course, it's just a heads up.

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.

Time loop movies are very hard to make I think, mostly because it's terribly difficult to keep the viewers interested with watching the same thing over and over again. In Haunter we watch the first scene repeat itself over and over again, but sometimes small things were changing. Now, it wasn't really interesting when there were only small changes because the rest of the scene will still be the same. The movie became interesting when the scene changed drastically. The set-up was pretty much the same but the content in it was very different. It became interesting because you were curious about the cause of this change of events.

I was glad when the scene finally changed, but the next scene quickly became the same as usual again, this time I wasn't bored though, because I was interested in what caused the previous change of events. This time loop seems to be a different thing from the hauntings going on at night, but after awhile you figure out that it is connected.

Haunter is definitely not a standard ghost movie, first of all because they are stuck in a time loop and second of all the family we're following are the ghosts. We won't find out why though until the end. It's a bit comparable with Beetlejuice at points, because at first they think they're being haunted while actually it's the other way around.

Abigail Breslin plays a 15 year old girl and for the first time I wasn't very impressed with her. I loved her in a lot of movies but it looked like she was trying a bit too hard in this movie. I liked her in Zombieland and even in Little Miss Sunshine, but I thought she was a bit overacting in this movie. The other actors were only decent as well. Nothing special, but nothing bad either. 

The movie has a pretty dark vibe over it, although you wouldn't expect it at first. There were even a few jump scares, and boy, did they surprise me... Haunter seems to be a mash-up of different movies, such as Amityville Horror, Sixth Sense and Coraline. At some moments it even reminded me of A Nightmare on Elmstreet and The Lovely Bones. It's not a bad mash-up though, it's an interesting concept although you need to keep your attention to it the entire movie. 

The movie might be confusing at moments, but it really is worth a watch. It's not a bad movie. The movie keeps you thinking of what is going on, and I'm pretty sure you'll change your thoughts through the movie. The ending was a bit cheesy but it's still a pretty decent ghost movie.

My personal rate: 6,5/10

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