Haunt movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Ok, this teen horror-slasher flick is just brutal at times. However, it’s laughable, poorly-made and hard to take seriously. Some teens may definitely enjoy it, but for a horror movie, there’s nothing new.


On Halloween night, a group of teenage friends discover an “extreme” and decide to explore it. However, the night turns deadly as they face the stuff of their worst nightmares.

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Movie details

Director: Scott Beck, Bryan Woods
Cast: Katie Stevens, Will Brittain, Lauryn McClain, Andrew Lewis Caldwell, Shazi Raja, Schuyler Helford, Phillip Johnson Richardson
Writer: Scott Beck, Bryan Woods
Release Date (Australia): 25 March 2020
Runtime: 92 minutes/1h 32m
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film contains strong horror themes, including sequences in which teenagers are terrorised and murdered. The film also features references to abuse.

Violence (MA15+)

The film includes scenes of strong horror violence, including bloody depictions of characters being stabbed, impaled, shot and attacked with tools.

Coarse Language (M)

The film includes often aggressive use of the word “f**k”, as well as use of mild coarse language including the words “s**t”, “bitch” and “ass”.

mpaa rating

R (for horror violence/gore, and language throughout)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The cast you’d have never heard of does an okay job and producer Eli Roth often delivers such a promise, but Haunt is just a brutal haunted house killing spree full of frustrating plot holes. Especially because Eli Roth is working behind it, it’s a typical concept that has an incredible amount of potential, but it just wastes it in a way that feels indistinguishable to intentionally dropping $100 down the drain or smashing your car, or something ridiculous like that. Ridiculous, right? What a bloody random thing to say.

Haunt feels random, in a completely flawed way. Where are you supposed to start? This movie is packed with elements that make no sense, the predictable horror movie clichés and a poor story. It’s about a group of teen friends who discover and explore a haunted house on Halloween, but it ends up being deadly. The only real good thing about this horror film is the young actors. They truly act like real teenagers who enter a haunted house just for fun and laughs. The cast is quite low-grade, but these guys and girls manage to work.

Alike a lot of today’s horror movies, Haunt is also brutal. The violent blood effects can be so ridiculous and poorly created at times, but it meets the standards to the slasher genre. At first, it’s quite entertaining and the characters are reasonably likeable, but it they all turn out to make poor decisions that lead them to being in the typical horror movie situations. It does give you a good laugh though… usually unintentionally.

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