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"Haunter" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Abigail Breslin stars in HAUNTER, a unique take on the traditional haunted house story from director Vincenzo Natali (Splice, Cube). In 1986, teenager Lisa (Breslin) and her family died in their home under sinister circumstances. Unable to move on, their spirits continued to roam the house during the intervening years. Now, over a period of six days, Lisa must reach out from beyond the grave to help her living counterpart Olivia avoid the same fate that Lisa and her family suffered long ago. Uniquely unsettling and shocking, HAUNTER is a one-of-a-kind reverse ghost story that chills long after the final frame. 

Specifications

  • MPI Home Video
  • 2013, Color, Unrated, 1 Hr 47 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS HD Master
  • Starring: Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie & Lance Henricksen
  • Directed by: Vincenzo Natali
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

An interesting twist to the typical ghost story. The “heroine” is stuck in a “ground hog day” loop and about 20 minutes into the movie it becomes apparent that she is a ghost. She then must try to communicate with the “living” girl in the house to warn her of a deranged killer (played to the teeth by Lance Henricksen) that means to slay her and her family. My only complaint with the movie was the location of a large furnace in the basement of the old house that has a flue that goes up through to the garage floor. The garage was added to the house much later, so how does the chimney exit via the floor? I am over thinking the plot, which I tend to do often. No nudity or foul language either. Just chills. Creepy, but not too bloody, I could see this being seen by teens at a slumber party…provided they are not planning on sleeping after viewing this film.

Technical

Since it is perpetually foggy outside and the main characters can not leave the house, the lighting is generally dim. The picture still remains sharp and except for some crushing of the shadow details in the basement, colors and details look good. The surround sound adds to the creepy atmosphere and the dialog is distinct and clear. Though I don’t remember the soundtrack very well, I enjoyed the Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf solos on the clarinet. It was sort of fitting for the theme of the flick.  

Extras

Deleted scenes and commentaries and forced trailers.