Horror / Mystery / Thriller
Horror / Mystery / Thriller
In 1985, on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Lisa discovers that she is stuck in time, living the same day over and over with her parents Bruce and Carol and her little brother Robbie. Soon she learns that they are dead and trapped on the day that they were murdered but she finds that she can contact other people. Out of the blue, a stranger comes to her house telling that he is going to fix the telephone line but indeed to threaten her to stop the contacts. Lisa finds that she is contacting victims of the killer in different timelines including the future, and the killer's name is Oscar. Will be possible to Lisa to stop the evil Oscar?
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November 01, 2015 at 03:52 AM
Grrrreat little film!
OK, probably only a 7/10 but I thought I'd boost it with a 10/10.
It has something very important that is missing from most modern films: a story. They bothered to sit down and write a story, before they started filming.
Leads you along nicely, and the reveals are unrolled one by one in a timely fashion.
The performances are all good, which is nice to see; not a bad act among them.
The villain is excellently creepy, and the way the turmoil of the film builds up is gripping.
Another pleasant little... I can't use 'surprise' because it's the word the paid-up shills for the studios use. Ah stuff it - pleasant little surprise.
Think it deserves a higher rating than 6.whatever, don't you?
Another Solid Performance From Abigail Breslin
When young teenager Lisa (Abigail Breslin) comes to realize that she and her family has been living their days the same way, she can only assume that something is wrong. Along with all of this, Lisa begins hearing voices and seeing young girls in her house. When she comes to the realization that she and her family are dead, and a new family is living in her home, her only contact is the young teenage daughter Olivia (Eleanor Zichy). Lisa realizes it is up to her to try break through to the other side and save this family from meeting the same fate as hers, but dark spirits are preventing Lisa from doing this.
Following her earlier thriller The Call this year, Abigail Breslin is back in this solid supernatural horror/thriller. Breslin gave an amazing performance in The Call, which lead me to believe she has what it takes to make it in the horror/thriller genre. Her performance in Haunter only seals this belief. Breslin plays a young girl in a race against time to not only save this new family but also her own, all while being tortured by the dark spirits watching her. Throughout the film, she shows the feelings of confusion, fear, and isolation so perfectly that we are immediately feeling for her character. And by the end when Lisa knows it's up to her to do something about the events at hand, we are rooting for her all of the way. In both The Call and Haunter Breslin really shows she has what it takes to become a potential Scream Queen in the genre. As for the film itself, it clearly mirrors certain well-known ghost flicks like The Others, The Shining, and The Amityville Horror. Despite this, the script written Brian and Matthew King, as well as the direction of Vincenzo Natali delivers and engaging and heart-pounding film that hooks you all the way through. The film is also backed by a great setting and atmosphere. We are given a dark and gloomy setting that gives an idea of the kind of life (or lack thereof) that Lisa and her family have grown accustomed to. We are also given great cinematography that can really put us into the point of view of Lisa that assists in putting the viewer in her place. Haunter is no The Conjuring.
This film wasn't meant to bring out fear in the viewer, it was meant to engage the viewer into our main character, the setting, and the story. And it does all of this excellently.
My rating: 8/10
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This is a movie that has to be watched in the right kind of mood I guess. It's really well made and it has a really good haunting story to tell. But if you're either not into that or want it to be scarier or even more like other recent horror movies, you might find yourself really disappointed by it.
I had no idea what the actual story would be, so I was guessing at times, where this was going (especially at the beginning). Maybe if you know too much, it will take away some of the fun you can have while watching this. It does have some intriguing twists and it is genuinely scary, because the cinematography but also the sound design are fantastic. The whole concept works and it has a great Stephen McHattie in it, who can elevate any movie. The twists are great and the movie flows by in a nice pace! Can be watched more than once for those exact points.