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The Haint

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Some older kids will like this creepy story.

Movie NR 2002 60 minutes
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Mink is incredible. His understated performances are so varied that they have to be spoken of as plural. He never showboats or caricatures. He doesn't even have to make his voice artificially high to convey a woman, but I would have believed it was a women talking had my eyes been shut. On the DVD extras, Mink speaks without a southern accent, making his sustained and convincing onstage accent even more impressive. He based some of the characters on people he knew, but fortunately he never stoops to mocking them; no matter how dense or unlikable they are, he believes their every word and shows it.

The Haint is never terrifying, but is consistently creepy. It's always believable; we never see the ghost and the peculiar characters are realistic. It's cleverly written, and has some genuinely comic moments, like when a tourist tells the filmmakers what a terrible place it is for children before carelessly telling her child, "Come on, let's get some coffee."

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 26, 2002
  • On DVD or streaming: November 26, 2002
  • Cast: Troy Mink
  • Director: Troy Mink
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 60 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • MPAA explanation: Not Rated
  • Last updated: February 24, 2022

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