Haunter [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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There's a great cast including Stephen McHattie as the evil Pale Man and Peter Outerbridge from Regenesis as Lisa's father and Abigail Breslin as Lisa.
Not to give too much of the plot away but I'm a horror movie fan and I love decent ghost stories that rely on the strength of the actual story and not buckets of fake blood, I enjoyed this movie almost as much as I did The Others. There are the odd moments that tend to drag but there is more than enough in the remaining 80% or so to maintain interest and it does have a decent ending.
There's just one extra a 20 minute Behind The Scenes documentary with interviews with the writer, director and several leading cast members.
If you like a well told spooky tale it's well worth a watch and one that I will definitely be watching again.
Lisa (Abigail Breslin) wakes up as Bill Murray every morning ala "Ground Hog Day" in 1985. At 30 minutes into the film she also realizes she is Nicole Kidman from "The Others." (Sorry if you haven't seen that film.) It seems she is trapped inside the house with the ghost of a serial killer (Stephen McHattie) who is still active.
The film was done rather smartly. There is an error early on when mom (Samantha Weinstein) calls Robbie (Peter DaCunha) "Buster Brown" one day and then "Charlie Brown" the next day when the days are supposed to be identical. Bad editing that could have been changed with a simple voice over.
Lisa, being our main character and hero also provides us with the film target audience of young teen girls. The horror is mostly subtle. Although the guy is a serial killer, the film refrains from the gore aspect with "intense" scenes not being "Hell Raiser"intense.
I watched this film without reading the storyline and found trying to figure out what was going on enjoyable. This is a film you might want to watch with the family without letting them read the story line.
Would make a great horror rental.
Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
It is not entirely free of cliché, and you will undoubtedly recognise all of them, but still I think that a really good ghost movie should rely on a story, play acting and "atmosphere", rather than rivers of blood and gore and rotten corpses falling from cupboards. And this film is certainly up to the challenge.
Oh, and the villain was pretty convincing and well played, which is sort of rarity. They are mostly schematic and violent these days.
I recently watched 'The Conjuring' and thought that was an amazing re-imagination of 'Amityville Horror' this - I honestly don't know what I could compare it to. It's almost like a clever 'reverse' poltergeist, and in fact the pale man in this story reminds me of the villainous spirit from the original Poltergeist 2.
Unusually for this sort of story, it actually has a truly satisfying ending. You're often left at the end of these kind of films wondering whether the evil has been defeated and got it's just desserts or not. In this tale, it's all wrapped up very nicely.
All in all I'd highly recommend this film. It doesn't have the jump scares of 'The Conjuring' and it doesn't try to drown you with blood like 'The Evil Dead' however it definitely has that 'creep factor' - there are moments when you'll get that tingling in your spine. The cinematography is very clever too and the rules of the universe seem consistent and seamless. I'd say of all these sort of films I've seen this year this was my favourite, though 'The Conjuring' and 'The Falling' with Maisie Williams were both brilliant too.
A definite 5 Stars from me!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Watched it last night. I was skeptical at first due to the fact these types of stories often lose their way and have continuity errors from the complexity of the writing, but not... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ashley Jones
This film was boring and weird. It didnt make much sense, it was weird and boring. I think it had 1 bit that made me jump and that was all. Rubbish!Published 11 days ago by ladyjay
Really enjoyed this film, it has a good plot and good acting. Yes it gives away a lot about half way through and if you have read some of the reviews you will now about the little... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Katz
Great film... It is a different take on the usual haunting type movie which is definitely praiseworthy. Acting was great and the story was great.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Not a bad film although, as no doubt identified by many, it had a very similar plot thread to "The Others" and of course "Groundhog Days.". Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr David Bellamy
Lisa wakes up every day and relives the same events. It's 1985 and the day before her 16th birthday but she knows that will never come. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tremse