Haunt, Shudder

A stylish and unrelenting pulse-pounder, Haunt, starring Katie Stevens and Will Brittain, has arrived on Shudder’s premiere streaming service. From producer Eli Roth and the writers of A Quiet Place in the director’s chair, the extreme haunted house experience is ramped up to a terrifying level. 

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 nightmares are real. 

Here are 5 reasons why you have to watch Haunt on Shudder:

5) Katie Stevens!

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A riveting performance, Katie Stevens imbeds so much vulnerability and sympathy into her role as Harper. Stevens carries the part with so much lively energy because she has to induce the tension right from the start. Her chemistry with her co-stars — including Will Brittain (Nathan), Shazi Raja (Angela), and Lauryn Alisa McClain (Bailey) — always feels grounded and natural. I was rooting for Harper all the way through!

4) The Haunted House!

Full of atmosphere, the haunted house feels like another well-developed character. There is so much detail to the inside maze, which leads to secret passageways, hidden rooms, and crawlspaces. The cinematography by Ryan Samul is amazingly vivid and colorful, which will keep audiences glued to the screen. 

3) The Masked Killers!

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Many times, when the masked killer is revealed, the film loses it suspense. But not here, when the masks come off, Haunt takes itself to another level. A standout performance,  Damian Maffei is downright menacing and unbelievably brutal as Devil. The graphic kill scenes will definitely get a reaction from shocked viewers. 

2) The Direction!

Directors Scott Beck and Bryan Woods keep the suspense running at full speed, adding unexpected twists throughout the tension-filled narrative. Thank goodness they added Evan, played by Andrew Caldwell, as the comic relief. Caldwell has a sardonic wit and delivers hilarious one-liners, which add to the much-needed levity. As someone who loves horror trivia, if you’re a fan of They’re Inside, make sure you look for Karli Hall in this movie! 

1) A Pulse-Pouding Thriller!

With an eclectic cast and an electrifying score by tomandandy, Haunt is an unforgettable slasher fest. With inventive ideas, directors Scott Beck and Bryan Woods are on their way to becoming masters of horror.

Haunt premieres on Shudder October 24th, 2019 in the US and Canada.

By Jorge Solis

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