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Haunter (2 stars)

Grey, dreary, reptitive ghost story starring Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail Breslin


There have been so many variations on the ghost story of late. Usually that the main character is already dead is the final twist a la The Sixth Sense but we learn early doors that Lisa (Abigail Breslin aka Little Miss Sunshine herself) and her family are caught in limbo, trapped in a monotonous loop living the same day over and over again. Cooped up in their home shrouded in fog. Only Lisa seems to be aware of this spooky Groundhog Day as voices try to contact her through the gloom.

Vincenzo Natali directed Cube and Splice with a real visual flair but this is grey and dreary. Haunter brings nothing new to the table, peppering the runtime with a pick and mix of tired tropes (faces in mirrors, mysterious noises, etc, etc). The structure means it is necessarily repetitive even when Lisa purposefully starts trying to disrupt the routine and uncover a deeper mystery that echoes through the decades. Stephen McHattie makes a great villain but otherwise Haunter is just another exceedingly average entry in an already overcrowded genre.

Haunter - Official Trailer (HD) Abigail Breslin


  • 2 stars
  • 2013
  • Canada
  • Directed by: Vincenzo Natali
  • Cast: Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, David Hewlett

A dead girl tries to prevent another teen (Breslin) from suffering her same fate.

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