Dir. Vincenzo Natali
Starring: Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, Eleanor Zichy
One of the movie recommendations I received from Netflix was the 2013 movie Haunter. I decided to watch it because it seemed interesting and Netflix gave it 4 stars. Here’s what I thought of it:
What’s it about?
Lisa (Breslin) begins to notice that she and her family are living the same day over and over again. Through this realization, she starts trying to change things, day by day. Eventually, she discovers that her family was murdered on the eve of her sixteenth birthday and are doomed to repeat the day for the rest of eternity. Lisa tries to find ways out of the house, but ends up learning that she is able to contact other victims from both the past and future. She must figure out who is responsible for her family’s purgatory and make sure he can’t do it to anyone else.
What did I think?
This movie is interesting. It’s a new spin on the classic ghost story. Instead of a new family moving into a haunted house, this story revolves around the ghost realizing that she’s a ghost.
The acting is well done. Abigail Breslin is angsty, emotional and very convincing. Stephen McHattie is satisfactorily creepy and scary. The writing dragged in some parts and suffered a bit, but it came together quite well in the end.
The camera work was amazing. They did not rely on special effects to get the story across, which was refreshing to me. They relied on story and acting, which both added up quite well.
Would I recommend it?
Yes, I would. The movie itself isn’t scary, but it’s great for what it is.