Haunter (2013) Abigail Breslin, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden, Stephen McHattie Movie Review

Haunter (2013)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Abigail Breslin in Haunter (2013)

Home Wrecker

It's 1985 and tomorrow is Lisa's (Abigail Breslin) sixteenth birthday but she isn't happy as it never arrives. You see Lisa is stuck in some sort of groundhog day hell, living the same day over again and again. But Lisa's started to hear voices and as she investigates the strange things going on in her home she gets a threatening visit from a man who says he is there to repair the phone lines. Despite the threats and the realisation of something Lisa can't stop her investigating and begins to believe she is in the home of a killer, a killer who may in fact be her little brother's invisible friend.

Watching "Haunter" reaffirmed something I have come to believe, whilst I don't dislike movies which have twists and turns I am at an age where simple entertainment pleases me more. As such the first time I watched "Haunter" I found this twisting drama difficult to follow so much that I watched again in the hope of understanding better a second time, I didn't. But then I don't think that is totally my fault because "Haunter" has the feel of a movie which tore up the rule book so that if it told you one thing then it didn't matter if they then told you the complete opposite almost to the point it wanted to confuse you as to what is going on when it comes to Lisa and who she is and also where she is.

And that doing what it likes is frustrating as "Haunter" certainly has plenty of creativity when it comes to the visuals with all the rule breaking allowing it to explore scenes and then explore them with a different look. As such we have hidden rooms, flooded basements, burnt skeletons and a fog where all roads seem to lead home. In truth none of the visuals are anything new but they are delivered nicely. And to be honest Abigail Breslin shows once again what a professional actress she is, delivering the confusion and sulkiness of a permanent 15 year old in her own groundhog day hell. But with the storyline switching itself around and around it is hard work to get into.

What this all boils down to is that "Haunter" was not for me and felt like one of those movies where rules don't matter and confusion was king. Despite this it does have its plus points with Abigail Breslin delivering another strong performance.