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By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Brutal haunted house movie lacks characters or fun.

Movie R 2019 92 minutes
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Well Done!

Wasn't expecting to like this, but I enjoyed it a lot. 4.8 out of 5 Recommended for adults only.
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The promise of a fun, Halloween-set haunted house movie is quickly dashed by a batch of weak, thinly drawn characters, poor decisions, and a preoccupation with torture. Haunt is more Saw than scary. Written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods -- who originally wrote the clever, terrifying A Quiet Place -- Haunt has more in common with the cruel, ugly works of its producer, Eli Roth (Hostel, etc.). It tries to be a throwback to 1980s slasher films but succeeds only in copying the bad parts of those movies, with jump scares and brutality, mainly toward women. Plus, the characters are annoying and don't seem like they'd actually be friends.

Only one, Harper, has any kind of backstory, and it's based in abuse. The others are paper thin, and the dull, cultlike batch of killers is far less interesting than a single villain would have been. The movie fails to use its Halloween setting for anything fun (unlike the strikingly similar 1980s cult classic Night of the Demons), and even the haunted house set feels chintzy. Ultimately, it's not the house, but the characters' own poor judgment that gets them into trouble. You'd do better to check out the comparable but much better Hell Fest, with its horror-carnival setting and far more interesting characters.

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