Haunt

Metascore
33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 7 out of 12

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  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 6, 2014
    60
    The shocks are short and sharp, the acting is strongest where it counts, and the director of photography, Adam Marsden, washes everything in a swampy green that makes spooks pop.
  2. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Mar 10, 2014
    50
    In Haunt, scares are scarce and tropes are liberally lifted from better movies.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Labuza
    Feb 13, 2014
    50
    Following on the coattails of “The Conjuring” and “Insidious,” Haunt is a classical haunted-house thriller with perhaps little that’s out of the ordinary for the genre, but occasionally inventive execution.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Mar 6, 2014
    40
    Respectably crafted but short on invention and serious scares.
  5. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    Mar 4, 2014
    40
    The frustration here comes from the filmmakers' inability to present characters with dimension, so that we might come to identify with them and their fears.
  6. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Mar 7, 2014
    38
    Bland and bordering on nonsensical, Haunt trots out all the standard haunted-house tropes without breathing any new life into them.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Feb 28, 2014
    38
    Mac Carter repeatedly compromises his intuitive, and often elegantly framed, glances at his main characters' teenage blues by too busily going through amateur-night gesticulations of spooking his audience.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Mar 6, 2014
    30
    Too often, Carter sacrifices characterization for one more flickery effect or carefully composed shot of moody elegance, then overdoes unlighted interiors to an almost absurd degree.
  9. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Mar 6, 2014
    25
    There is virtually nothing in Mac Carter’s horror flick that deviates from the standard haunted house plot (or, in this case, plod).
  10. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Mar 5, 2014
    25
    I’ve had bigger scares from the windows at FAO Schwarz.
  11. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Mar 6, 2014
    20
    There’s lots of mixed film stock and screeches on the soundtrack (as in the credits for “Seven”), but this gets annoying, as do the predictable twists.
  12. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Feb 13, 2014
    20
    Haunt winds up being memorable only for its absence of subtlety or surprise.
User Score
4.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Mar 4, 2015
    6
    Haunt is a very simple ghost story with a bit of romance involved, and it's a very bleak story at that. It's more of a traditional horrorHaunt is a very simple ghost story with a bit of romance involved, and it's a very bleak story at that. It's more of a traditional horror movie in spirit of The Innocents or The Haunting in that it's not really a visceral roller-coaster of a movie. This is a slow-burner, taking its time until the shocking and dark ending. There are a couple of cheap jump scares to keep the modern audiences interested, but this film is all about the bleak atmosphere. The whole film has a tone of dread that is left lingering long after the movie is over. Harrison Gilbertson and Liana Liberato are fantastic in their rolls as two teenagers exploring love for the first time while being pursued by some pissed off ghosts, and I'd love to see them in more movies. While nothing in this movie is particularly new, Haunt is still a fun and slow haunted house movie while never being boring or pretentious Full Review »
  2. Jun 29, 2014
    1
    My friend and I watched this film and we both thought it was bad. We were both just watching it like if it was some sort of documentary. HauntMy friend and I watched this film and we both thought it was bad. We were both just watching it like if it was some sort of documentary. Haunt had one time were i screamed and that was that. Full Review »
  3. Mar 15, 2014
    3
    "Haunt" has its own style which makes it unique, despite, it is cliched, short on story, and overall short on scares, and when they often"Haunt" has its own style which makes it unique, despite, it is cliched, short on story, and overall short on scares, and when they often happen, they are not enough. The story is scattered everywhere, with unnecessary characters just to move on with the story. The twist at the end does not explain its self at all, it is just like the creators of "Haunt" wanted to make a unique ghost story by just adding a curvy ending to the film. The acting is forced, and isn't appealing, the ending shutters the mind of the viewer and is incomplete and not enough to conclude. "Haunt" really doesn't have anything to it, you can just pop your popcorn call your friends, on a friday night with the lights out. You will forget about it once you finish it, if you do finish it. Full Review »