Every once in a while I’ll be scrolling through my queue on Netflix or Hulu and run across a movie that I don’t really remember putting on there but know there must have been a reason. Sometimes it turns out to be who is in it, sometimes it’s because it’s one that is suggested by the service itself, sometimes it’s just because the trailer caught my eye or because I’ve seen or read a review of it that made me think it might be interesting. That’s what happened last night when I ran across 2013’s Haunter.
I still can’t really say for sure what made me put it in the queue, but I’m glad that I did. The film turned out to be a breezily atmospheric haunted house movie with just enough jump scares to make it unsettling, but also enough twists and turns to keep the viewer guessing as to just what is going on. This is one of those flicks that starts out looking like it’s going to be one thing but before long turns into something completely different.
I’m not going to say that it works completely, and I’m not going to say that it would hold up under a lot of in depth scrutiny, but the ending is satisfying, as is the journey getting there. As a way to pass a couple of hours on a quiet summer night, I found it to be just what I was looking for.