Haunt (2019)

Directors Bryan Woods and Scott Beck’s Halloween-horror effort “Haunt” is like putting Tobe Hooper’s “The Funhouse” and Kevin S. Tenney’s “Night of the Demons” into a blender, with a hint of “Saw” along the way… in a really good way. The movie has an effective, Halloween-night atmosphere that’s perfectly suited to the movie’s plot, while things move quickly along without feeling rushed or half-baked, and there’s an old-fashioned, VHS-horror feel the proceedings that’s downright charming. It’s a shame that its characters aren’t particularly well developed because it prevents “Haunt” from reaching the heights of Halloween-horror classics like “Trick R Treat” and some of the “Halloween” entries, but there’s plenty for genre fans to sink their teeth into here nevertheless. The death scenes are inventive without being distracting or precocious, and directors Woods and Beck have a solid grasp on plot and establish a mounting sense of dread that’s compelling, and the final product is an impressive, gory number that’s worth a shot.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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