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Post by jonbly » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:32 pm

9/10 - really liked this one. Good performances and effects.

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Re: Haunter

Post by Stephen with ph » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:54 pm

One of the best movies I've seen in years. Sorry Alan, but I loved every moment. 10/10 :D

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Re: Haunter

Post by DJBenz » Sat Aug 24, 2013 1:49 am

PG-13 middle of the road ghosty stuff. Not my bag at the best of times. Happily killed 90 minutes with it, but I'll never see it again.

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Re: Haunter

Post by Wortsie » Sat Aug 24, 2013 2:35 am

Worst film I've seen so far this year - a complete yawn-fest.

1 star (out of 5)

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Post by Rob@Sky » Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:06 am

Loved this one too, reminded me of Ti West's Innkeepers. Shame it'll likely get a cert 15 (I'd imagine) as every 12 year old should watch this instead of Twilight.

Only negative really is that the rules of the after life weren't explained so you couldn't actively get involved in the mystery and I'd question how Lisa knew some of the things she did (like the spirits of all the killer's victims having to unite to defeat him).

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Re: Haunter

Post by ChrisReynolds » Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:43 am

Pretty mainstream ghost story aimed at teenage girls, but it's a good film that's worth recommending. It has a lot of problems in that the complexity of the fantasy setup takes a lot of explanation and the rules often seem arbitrary, which distanced me from events, but the emotional component, while slightly sentimental, does work, mainly thanks to a brilliant performance from Abigail Breslin. It's also well done how the mystery all fits together and is resolved, and I liked that they didn't feel the need to shoehorn in any pointless love interests for the teenage girl characters. 6/10

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Re: Haunter

Post by Wolfshade » Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:08 am

Found the first 20 minutes a bit off putting as it just threw you into the middle of things with no explanation of what was going on, and it seemed to be trying to be scary but was totally failing; but after that it really picked up and I got totally into it, good choice for the actor for the killer as well, he looked genuinely evil. Ending was a bit soppy, but it had been quite dark before that so it was forgiveable. Best film of Friday imo 8/10

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Re: Haunter

Post by Jekyll » Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:42 pm

Average and sometimes was trying to be a bit too clever for its own good.

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Re: Haunter

Post by black_rainstorm » Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:51 pm

I really don't like Groundhog Day type films. It was nicely shot and I found it interesting, but it ended up making me feel sleepy. It really is a young teenage girl's dream film.

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Re: Haunter

Post by Alex J » Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:08 pm

I really wanted to like this one, but felt some of the repeated sequences became a little tiresome. Abigail Breslin really carried the film with an excellent performance though, while suspenseful sequences and mystery were also plus points. 7 / 10
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Re: Haunter

Post by odishon » Tue Aug 27, 2013 5:43 pm

Kept me interested at the time but quite forgettable after that.

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Re: Haunter

Post by The Soapmaker » Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:59 pm

It wasn't exactly a life-changing experience, but I liked it a lot and it was probably my favourite of this year's films.

I liked the pure supernatural fantasy elements (and the similarities to Coraline), it really stood out from all the POV, found-footage, pseudo-documentary stuff.

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Re: Haunter

Post by streetrw » Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:27 am

I liked it very much, it was one of my favourites of the weekend. I think it's smart to not explain everything straight off, given that most of the characters are in that situation. I lost track of events a few times, but managed to more or less put it all together. Good stuff.
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Re: Haunter

Post by Oswald Cobblepot » Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:21 pm

I knew right from the beginning that I was going to love this, and finding the little door behind the tumble dryer just nailed it for me.

By itself the concept of ghosts of a serial killer coming back to exact their revenge is completely unoriginal, but it was all in the execution. Beautifully shot, and evenly paced, but I was hooked from start to finish.

I loved the idea that after the killer died he found a way to continue what he was doing, and loved the way when the rest of the family were still in denial that they still looked uneasy when the pattern was broken as they knew something was wrong.

Probably my favourite film of the Festival, although I didn't see Cheap Thrills or You're Next.

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Re: Haunter

Post by Lou_Roll » Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:04 pm

This was my absolute favourite film of the whole festival.
It was pretty different, I liked the way it was told, the different styles and shots.
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