Number 10 on the Countdown to Halloween
Movie Review by Siobahn Harris
Time to blur the line between creepy fun and terrifyingly real with today’s movie, Haunt. Honestly, I only found out about this movie when I went looking for something to watch today. Outside of that, I knew nothing about this movie. It seems to play on the, is it real or is it just pretend fear, so I figured I would give it a shot. I’m happy I did.
After a bad breakup, which I honestly don’t know why they even included, Harper (Katie Stevens) decides to go out for Halloween with her girlfriends. Her friends, Bailey (Lauryn Alisa McClain), Angela (Shazi Raja), and Mallory (Schuyler Helford) take her to a huge Halloween party. Side note, I honestly thought they were saying Valerie, not Mallory, we’re going to blame them for that. At the party, the girls team up with two guys, Nathan (Will Brittain) and Evan (Andrew Caldwell).
After the party, armed only with a random flyer, the six of them decide to head out to find an extreme haunt. I honestly thought they were looking for something in particular, but it appears they were just looking for anything. When they stumble upon a haunted house sign they jump at the opportunity to check it out.
Red flags be damned! After being told that they would have to give over their phones and sign a waiver, they still head in. I’m not giving anyone my phone! I’ll just leave it in the car, thanks.
Once inside, they are surprised to see that it’s not that impressive. It’s only when they travel a little deeper in that the real fear kicks in. They are soon greeted by a woman in a witch costume who puts on a little show for them. She drags a black body bag to the middle of the floor and unzips it. Inside is a screaming woman, who only started screaming when the bag was opened, which was weird. The witch takes a hot poker and burns the woman’s face. The room fills with smoke and the group continues the haunted house. But was that real or just for show?
When given the option of two different paths to take, the group decides to split up. Classic stupid horror decision. It’s only then that the group discovers just how real the haunted house is. Terrorized by grabs, jumps, bugs, small spaces, separation, and more, the group suddenly just wants out. However, they aren’t the first ones just dying to get out.
This was a pretty creepy horror ride to go on. Let’s keep in mind that it’s a classic “these teenagers are going to die” horror movie. So there are many moments where you’re going to want to slap the shit out of these kids for doing stupid stuff, but it was still a good movie.
There were a few moments that I was confused or annoyed by. I understand that Harper is the main character, but her backstory was totally unnecessary. We didn’t need to hear about her family problems or her boyfriend problems. They didn’t add or take away from the film. It was just odd to have those blips about her in the movie.
Also, can you read this?
Me too. Did you need to grab a mirror to read it? I bet not. The fact that Harper needed a mirror to read all the backwards messages, drove me nuts! They weren’t complicated. At one point, there is a backwards note on a small piece of paper, that I understand needing a mirror for, but not this. Come on, Harper!
I’m one of those people who believe that every killer needs a reason. But there is no reason here. There is no why to the horror. I get that some horror movie killers just kill for fun, but the good ones have a reason. Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers. There should be a reason, even if it’s small.
Outside of those things, the makeup was fantastic, the story was fun, and the dialog and interaction between the group was great.
Yes. While, not all the way through, I did get scared at the unknown. Is that a good guy, is that a bad guy, is this real, what’s happening? I loved guessing and I loved seeing how wrong I was. I think what added to the fear was that the Haunt mixed real with fake. This confused the group and added to their fear, which added to mine. Haunt is a cool movie and it’s Halloween themed so enjoy!
On the gore meter, I would be careful watching this one. There isn’t so much blood that it will pour out of your TV but there is enough to make the squeamish uncomfortable.