A Quiet Place Duo Deliver Twisted Haunted House Slasher
Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the duo who wrote the success of last year A Quiet Place are back with a new film, Haunt . This time, they are also in the director's chair (s), for this surprising little haunted house horror movie. Although this is certainly not as big or as brilliant as the movie that put them on the map, this is a nice tweaked surprise as the Halloween season approaches.
Haunt is centered on a group of friends led by the mysterious and discreet Harper (Katie Stevens). For Halloween, this unlikely group goes to an extreme haunted house off the beaten track, which promises to feed its darkest fears. As the group reluctantly plunges into this warehouse of nightmares, the situation turns to death and they must try to flee with their lives, otherwise they risk being murdered by the terrifying owners of this evil attraction.
It should be noted that any comparison with A quiet place would be pointless and unfair. It's a very different movie. It's less an attempt at reinvention that it is a tribute to what might be considered a horror popcorn movie of the 80s. Think of the movie B of higher rank. Think Tobe Hooper's Funhouse with a certain John Carpenter thrown into the mix, then pull up the blood. After all, Eli Roth is a producer on this film and his sensibilities are apparent. This is a simple haunted house movie, relatively simple, minus the real supernatural elements.
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The Camp That Beck And Woods Escape To Capture is deliberate. No, as is often the case with small horror films, a failure of achievement. This gives the impression of a feature film episode of with a popularity rating for adults Are you afraid of the dark? This kind of thing really works for me personally. Mileage may vary depending on the viewer. Haunt has the feeling of resembling something like The Strangers taking place only in an attraction that one voluntarily visits, instead of in the same place. to have masked goose bumps that surprises someone at home.
The problem with this film, compared to something a little more ambitious and / or far-fetched, is that it seems very possible, which adds to the real terror of it all. This could occur. It's terribly unlikely, but not impossible in the world we live in. The film also throws away just about every real fear that one might have. Spiders, clowns, coffins, tight spaces, sharp objects, mental trauma. Everything is there. It also happens to be pretty awful. It's sadistic in its aimless and random violence. However, it does not deal with graphic excess as does the house of 1000 corpses . This is not shock movie or porn torture. It's ugly and violent, yes, but Beck and Woods are showing restraint. They accomplish more with less.
If this film has something that holds it back, it's that it takes time to get to the meat. There is no doubt about it. But, for my money, what's waiting at the end of this slow burning fuse is worth it. This film works better on a psychological level; it's scary to think that someone has a reason to kill you. Even more frightening to think that you could have been anybody, but that you are right in the wrong place at the wrong time. That is what Haunt poses. This does not break the mold, nor does it launch into. This is meant to exist as something comfortable for genre fans. Something familiar. To the extent that there will always be room for reinvention in horror, there is nothing wrong with revisiting a proven classic. Haunt arrives in cinemas, on demand and in digital mode on September 13th.
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