Movie Review: HAUNT

HAUNT was directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods and stars Katie Stevens, Will Brittain, Lauryn Alisa McClain, Shazi Raja, Schuyler Helford and Andrew Caldwell. The movie was produced by Eli Roth.On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some monsters are real.

Haunt takes place on Halloween night and follows a group of friends that go to an extreme haunted attraction. The story centers around Harper (Katie Stevens) who’s going through an uncomfortable breakup with her abusive boyfriend so she joins her girlfriends Bailey (Lauryn Alisa McClain), Angela (Shazi Raja) and Mallory (Schuyler Helford) on what’s supposed to be a fun night. Harper was already haunted by her past and this toxic relationship hasn’t helped her situation at all. They hit a bar first and meetup with Nathan (Will Britain) and Evan (Andrew Caldwell) and from there they head out to this isolated haunted attraction that’s hosted by a group of mysterious masked figures.

The terrifying masked hosts include Ghost (Chaney Morrow), Devil (Damian Maffei), Witch (Terri Partyka), Vampire (Justin Rose), Zombie (Schuyler White) and Clown (Justin Marxen) and these are the kind of figures that’ll haunted your worst nightmares. The masked psychos want to do one thing and that’s hurt this group of friends and it’s all just for kicks. These mysterious sickos like to scare their victims first and then torture them.

Harper and her friends quickly realize that they’re in trouble because they can’t get out. They go through a maze, trap doors and obstacles that all turn into a deadly nightmare for them. This getaway was supposed to be a fun trip to a haunted attraction so they could get away from it all but it turns into a fight for survival for Harper and her friends and unfortunately not everyone survives this hellish experience. It’s a night Harper will never forget and she becomes a stronger person because of it.

Haunt ended up being a really fun horror movie that’s in the same vein as 31 and Hell Fest but to be honest I enjoyed this one a little more than its predecessors. Actually a lot more than 31 because it kinda sucked. The story for this one follows a group of friends that get trapped inside this terrifying extreme attraction where they’re tormented, tortured and terrorized by this group of masked maniacs that are full of surprises. There’s so much more to these scary figures than the costumes and masks they’re wearing and this group of friends find out the hard way that some monsters are real.

I thought the story was interesting and the cast did a great job with their characters. Haunt itself is a little over-the-top but that’s part of the twisted charm that this demented horror fest possesses. There’s numerous thrills, chills and kills that take place as this group of friends fight for their survivial against this sinister threat that’s simply out to dish out some pain to their guests. There’s also lots of blood and gore to go along with it. It’s the perfect time of year for a fun horror movie like this to release and I had a blast with it. Haunt will is set to terrorize select theaters, On Demand and Digital this Friday, September 13th.

Distributor: Momentum Pictures

Run Time: 92 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

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