Haunt (2019)

Written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods.  Starring Andrew Caldwell, Katie Stevens, Lauryn Alisa McClain, Schuyler Helford, Shazi Raja and Will Brittain.

Plot: on Halloween night, a group of friends go to an “extreme” haunt that turns out to be more real than they’d hoped for.

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This movie was produced by Eli Roth so I went in a little wary.  I try not to let to let it affect my score, but Roth usually disappoints me.  This time, I was pleasantly surprised.  I’m not going to tell you it was the greatest movie I’ve ever seen, but it was pretty good.

See, Harper (Stevens) is being abused by her boyfriend, so much so that when the night starts, she thinks he might be stalking her.  Which is how they end up at the haunt.  She tells her friends to turn and they end up in the vicinity of a haunted house attraction that makes them sign liability waivers before entering.  Something we often tell you is “this would not be us” and again I say “this would not be us”.  We love Halloween and being scared, but there is no way we’re going to sign our lives away for a thrill.

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They also have to give up their cell phones.  Which, like, duh, is just so telling as to what kind of night you’re going to have.  At first though, the haunt is almost silly, but then one of them gets hurt, another one gets lost and then it gets worse from there.  It’s a stressful movie to watch.  Not really fun so much.  At one point, I wanted to fast forward through it, but I kept my cool and held my own.  I was rewarded with a very cool ending, too.

I wish there had been more explanation in the ways of motive.  It was also pretty unoriginal.  Still, it had humorous dialogue (pretty funny in parts), awesome effects, a solid cast and surprisingly nice Freddy Claws.  They worked together to get out of the place and believed each other right away.  We recommend a viewing.  It’s worth it, we think.  LOL.

Our score: 50.

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