Haunters: The Art of the Scare (2017)

As a big fan of Halloween and horror in general, I find the concept of “home haunters” fascinating, as it demonstrates just how much Halloween fans love the holiday and their passion is often compelling. The idea of dedicating an entire year to planning an effective haunted house is really interesting to me, so I was very curious about this documentary, and for the first half or so, the movie glides along nicely, highlighting a variety of semi-professional home haunters and their familial dynamics. However, as it goes along and begins to focus more on the infamous McKamey Mansion haunt, the movie’s tone shifts dramatically: It quickly becomes about McKamey Mansion owner Russ and the excessive, sadistic and downright irresponsible experience he puts together for his guests, and to say to least, it’s disturbing and visceral. Overall however, it’s an intriguing if occasionally uncomfortable exploration of home haunters, but I would recommend 2012’s similarly-themed “The American Scream” over it.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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