Movie Review: Geography Club (2013)

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3.5 stars

Trust me, this Geography Club is not even remotely as boring as it sounds. This unique high school style comedy delves into some serious adult issues, while maintaining a good sense of humor.

The film “Geography Club’ is based on a best selling book written about 10 years ago. In this movie, Min (Ally Maki) invites Russell (Cameron Stewart) to join the schools Geography Club. However, this is no geography club. It’s actually a support group for gay students. As a twist, Russell is dating the high school quarterback Kevin (Justin Deeley) a still in the closet student who insists on keeping their relationship a secret.

The Geography Club does a good job of dealing with the struggles of a teenager discovering their sexuality in an open way. As the students are apparently going to the most homophobic school in the country, the support group becomes Russell’s one means of freedom, where he can be himself.

My main problem was that this movie tried a bit too hard to be PC. Honestly, when have you ever seen a high school club that just happened to have a representative from every single race…especially a gay representative for every single race? [more…]

Also, the movie stumbles through a few too many difficult scenes with no difficulty at all. Kevin gets Russell on the football team so they can spend time together. Wouldn’t you know it? Russell is a natural athlete and all the jocks think he is just plain awesome. He goes on a double date and is a massive chick magnet.

I guess the producers had to set him of for the fall.


The movie still manages to send a good message without getting too heavy handed with the topic. This is important, as it is a movie aimed at adolescents, not adults. I also liked the fact the Russell’s family was actually accepting of his orientation, as opposed to doing the standard ‘no son of mine, get out of my house’ cliché.

Of course, the purpose of the movie is all about finding acceptance, so it’s not surprising that the Geography Club can’t stay in the Geography closet forever. At Russell’s urging, they all decide to accept who they are and come out, with mixed results.


As far as movies dealing with the subject go, this one is a bit of a light touch. The subject is dealt with maturely; however, there really doesn’t seem to be any major conflict. Most of the time, I was wondering why Russell was afraid to come out in the first place. It could be possible that the book was a bit dated, when you consider how much the world, and views on homosexuality have changed in the past 10 years. 10 years ago, gay marriage was nowhere near the political platform that it is now, DOMA was still in effect and the idea of having a high school just for gay and lesbian students was unheard of. The world has changed significantly since then and I think the screenplay should have been updated to reflect that.

In short, if you have a teenager who has questions, this movie is a safe, but not entirely realistic view of what it is to be a gay teenager. While sweet and funny, the Geography Club was a bit to light to be a major opinion changer.

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Movie Review: The Best Man Holiday (2013)

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four and a half stars

The Best Man Holiday is the unexpected sequel to the 1999 movie, The Best Man. In the Best Man Holiday, the all star cast returns to reprise their rolls and reunite after 14 years. While a bit of the movie was hard to swallow, for the most part, The Best Man Holiday did as well as the original.

Star football player Lance (Morris Chestnut), invites his friends to his home for a reunion. There we meet with Harper (Taye Diggs), who was a bestselling author for a bit, and now just wants to be a bestselling author again. There’s Jordan (Nia Long), a Manhattan businesswoman; trophy wife Shelby (Melissa De Sousa), Quentin (Terrence Howard); and Mia (Monica Calhoun), Lance’s wife. The super attractive cast all gathers together to squabble over stuff they should have gotten over 14 years ago, as well as reveal a few personal tragedies.

As this is a movie where I’m feeling half and half, i.e., I sort of liked it, but I sort of hated it too, let’s get started by breaking it into the good and the bad.

The good. The cast is just as good as they were 10 years ago. Diggs is capable as Harper, an intellectual who actually makes you forget how hot he is. Chestnut plays Lance’s seething resentment of Harper well. De Sousa is a fabulously obnoxious star of a ‘real housewives’ franchise and Calhoun is still the perfect girl next door. [more…]

The Best Man Holiday is a bit darker and more serious than the original. This makes sense as the characters are older and dealing with more grown up issues. This time around, the problems the characters are dealing with are life or death, as opposed to just embarrassing or petty. In short, the sequel, much like the actors, is much more mature than the original. As a semi-spoiler, one of the characters has a terminal illness.


Now the bad. Have you ever had a friend who still talks about what happened to them in high school or college and you just wanted to scream ‘get over it!”? This movie will make you want to scream ‘get over it’ more than once. I mean, it’s been 14 years. If you can’t let infidelity go after 14 flippin’ years, just get a damn divorce.

Also, I found it a bit hard to swallow that everyone is a success. When was the last time you met up with your old college friends and learned that every single one of them had made a million dollars…especially after the 2008 recession and collapse of the housing market? I mean really.

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Finally, I know this is a common theme in Malcolm D. Lee movies, but the religion really got over the top. Eye-rolling over the top. ‘God’ might have been mentioned more than the word ‘motherfucker’ in this installment, and that’s saying something.

Of course, I still have to respect the maturity brought to the screen. I was a big fan of the original, so The Best Man Holiday was a surprising sequel pleasure. While a bit of it seems contrived, the characters have really grown up since their last movie. If you were a fan of The Best Man (or if you just like looking at Taye Diggs), The Best Man Holiday is a must see movie for you this Christmas.

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Movie Review: The Book Thief (2013)

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3.5 stars

A more apt title for The Book Thief would have been ‘Shamelessly Seeking Oscar”. The Book Thief isn’t a terrible movie. It just doesn’t measure up when you consider past holocaust based movies like Schindler’s List and The Pianist.

The Book Thief was based on a bestselling book that I hope was much better than the movie. Leisel, a spirited young girl, is sent to live with a foster family in Germany during World War II. Leisel begins collecting books as she finds them, helping to inspire everyone during the holocaust period.

The biggest problem with this movie is that it pays no attention to the horrors in Nazi Germany. Instead, this movie could have been set in almost any time period at all, making most viewers wonder why it was even necessary to mention the time and place.

The message of the movie is clear; kindness can happen anywhere. It’s a sweet message, but there is no contrast to base it on.

In Schindler’s List, the horrors of the holocaust were not sugar coated, but at the same time, we saw the redemption of a selfish man, who sacrificed himself for others. In The Pianist, we saw a man who found peace through music. In The Book Thief, the holocaust is sugar coated and hidden. We watch a girl learn how to read. We watch people be nice to her. [more…]

It’s a sweet movie but it is set in the wrong time period. Honestly, I think if you are not ready to confront the true horrors of the holocaust including the widespread disease, genocides, deaths, economic collapse and all the other dangers of the day, then you shouldn’t be writing about it.

One of the major parts of the film was a hidden Jew refuge named Max. Even hiding this boy gave no sense of real danger, which is not realistic to the time period at all. Holocaust era Germany was a horrible time and most neighbors would not turn a blind eye when everyone knew that a fugitive Jew was being hidden.


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The acting wasn’t bad. Sophie Nelisse plays Leisel very well and I imagine that this is a talent we will be seeing a lot more from. The settings were done well; thought the lack of actual obvious war wasn’t very convincing.

The Book Thief was an obvious Oscar grab, and it might have stood a chance if the story had a bit more bite, and if they weren’t up against movies like 12 Years a Slave. However, when it comes to the Holocaust, you just can’t sugar coat it. The Book Thief doesn’t just sugar coat it. They hide it, and then dump a ton of powdered sugar on top. To be honest, this is the first holocaust movie I have ever seen that I would consider safe for children.

The Book Thief is a sweet story, with a sweet message. Unfortunately, sweet stories with sweet messages don’t play well in a holocaust time period.

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Movie Review: Free Birds (2013)



Just in time for Thanksgiving comes the family friendly Free Birds. This cute cartoon adventure movie is fun for the kids, and probably won’t annoy the parents. It has all the right ingredients for an excellent kid’s film.

In Free Birds Reggie (Owen Wilson) and Jake (Woody Harrelson) are time traveling turkeys with one goal in mind, to get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu. They hijack the government’s top secret, turkey sized, egg shaped time machine (voiced by George Takei) and fly back to Plymouth Colony in 1621. There, they meet up with some Native American turkeys and participate in a little bit of early civil disobedience.

Free Bird was directed by Jimmy Hayward, who can be either really good (Horton Hears a Who) or really bad (Jonah Hex). In this case, it kind of falls in between.

This is not going to be one of those big cartoony blockbusters that create riots at WalMart as parents fight over the last Jimmy the Turkey Doll. This isn’t Shrek. It’s barely Chicken Run. It’s cute, but it’s one of those movies that adults will only see because their kids are dragging them to it.

Also, for a movie about the first Thanksgiving, Native American’s were significantly underrepresented. For a movie that could have had an intelligent political message (like Horton Hears a Who), it instead relies on site gags and forcing plot lines in order to land….like forcing the plotline that there actually was turkey at the first Thanksgiving. There wasn’t.[more…]

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It feels like Free Birds was made in a hurry, which seems about right considering the timing that it was released. The writing falls flat and the jokes are recycled. There is none of the cleverness you generally find in good g-rated animated movies.

The actors were good. Owen Wilson as the smart bird Reggie was a good choice. Woody Harrelson plays one hell of a crazy turkey…who knew. Amy Poehler shows and gives a few good scenes as well.

The animation was adorable and well done, though some of the turkeys looked a bit like pigeons. However, this is a movie where clearly the animation was skillfully executed. The baby turkeys were so damn cute, it will make you never want to eat turkey again.

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The problem wasn’t the premise, which was clever (though inaccurate). It wasn’t the casting or the animation. The problem was the lack of good jokes and good dialog. The problem was with the script itself, which seems like it was thrown together. This might be related to the writer of the movie, Scott Mosier. Mosier is a Kevin Smith collaborator, meaning he works on raunchy adult focused comedies. The only animation credit to his name was the animated series Clerks, which was a raunchy adult animated series only suitable for Adult Swim. I just don’t think this guy can write g-rated.

In short, Free Birds is one of those movies that your kids will take you to by force. You will watch the cute turkeys and get a few chuckle worthy moments, but I really don’t see it turning into a major animated blockbuster. It will probably do well, because of its seasonal nature and it’s one of the few animated kids options out there…but it will probably ruin your appetite for turkey.

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Movie Review: Last Vegas (2013)

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3.5 stars

Did you ever wonder what was going to happen to the guys from the Hangover if they went back to Vegas as senior citizens? If so, wonder no more. Last Vegas, while a bit more tame than the Hangover, will still give you a good general idea.

In Last Vegas, four friends Billy (Michael Douglass), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) head off to the city of 1000 vices because Billy is getting married and they want to throw him a bachelor party. What follows are hijinks that are fun, though a bit tame when compared to other Vegas movies. There’s no kidnapping of tigers, no missing groom and no dead hookers. Instead, there are old rivalries and chuckle worthy moments that aren’t exactly laugh out loud.

Freeman is the stand out star, as the sheltered, fragile member of the group looking to get away from his families over protectiveness. When drinking a Red Bull he proclaims “I feel like I’m getting drunk and electrocuted at the same time”. Not too long after that, Archie’s winning at black jack and getting them treated like high rollers. [more…]

There’s a bit of a love triangle, with both Paddy and Billy vying for the attentions of GILF lounge singer Diana (Mary Steenburgen). There’s also a bit of fun with Sam (Kline) who has been given a condom and a Viagra prescription and ordered to have an affair by his wife.

Billy and Paddy are the main focus of the movie, with Archie and Sam playing backup. Needless to say, all four stars shined and no one underplayed their part. I would have expected no less from these four veterans.


However, the movie itself falls a bit flat. It didn’t have the hilarious, side splitting humor of The Hangover. It didn’t have the heart of the Bucket List. It was your standard Vegas movie with senior citizens, that don’t actually look like senior citizens.

This movie is clearly designed to be a crowd pleaser for an older demographic. The jokes mainly center on the pitfalls of growing older, how much young people suck, etc., etc. For the first half of the movie, it’s a chuckle worthy, cute comedy.

Then, it’s like the screenwriter went “oh, crap, the movie is ending soon. I need to squeeze in some drama.” The movie spins around into heart felt talks in an attempt to jerk some tears out of the audience. The drama falls flat because the viewer isn’t expecting it.

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Last Vegas is your standard light hearted Vegas movie. It’s not Hangover funny, but there are still some good scenes. The director, Jon Turteltaub, does a decent job with the movie, though I doubt the stars in it needed much direction. This is a movie that is carried by the big name stars in it. These Hollywood veterans take an otherwise forgettable script and turn it into something more. Simply stated, Last Vegas teaches us one very important lesson. Never underestimate the power of good casting.

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Movie Review: Thor: The Dark World (2013)

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2.5 Stars

I’ll be honest; I didn’t think the original was that great. But hey, I’m a crowd follower and everyone else was going to it, so why not? Now I wish I had just stayed home.

In the second installment of Thor, we find our hero needing to do battle with a race of super elves to prevent the world from being plunged into darkness. At the same time, Thor continues his ‘about as exciting as eating crackers’ romance with boring bookworm Jane Foster (ugh, even her name is boring), as they fight through a convoluted script to save the day and plug plot holes.

Sorry, to be honest, I really couldn’t be bothered to pay much attention. The sequel to Thor follows the same problem patterns as the original. Plot twists that make no sense, complicated back stories…immortals whose lives are in danger.

Let me just write that again to make it clear…immortals whose lives are in danger. I fail to see the concern.

Normally, special effects make a movie like this, but the special effects in this one just left me feeling flat. Some of the newly added effects were just ridiculous. One scene has Thor turning his magic hammer into a helicopter blade. The evil aliens look like laughable wall art you’d find in a cheap hotel room. [more…]

The acting falls flat as well. Thor’s deadpan fish out of water reactions just aren’t as fun this time around. Natalie Portman runs around looking frightened and constipated most of the time. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) wears his standard grumpy, treacherous face throughout the entire movie.


Also, there is quite a bit of genre confusion in this movie. It plays like an action movie, but they keep trying to stuff science bits in to explain away their ‘nine realms’ story.

In all honesty, I felt like I was watching the same exact movie as the first one. Thor and his brother argue. Thor and his father argue. Thor and Jane are inexplicably drawn to each other. Thor must save the world from an evil alien race.

Of course, Thor is rocking the box office, as I expected it to do. Die hard fans will always run out to see the next Thor movie, and you know there will be a next Thor movie. However, I wish they had tried a little bit harder on the script and maybe chose some characters that actually has a smidgen of chemistry.

My recommendation to the writers of the next movie; look up the word ‘immortal’ as well as the word ‘indestructible’. If something is either, there is no way to destroy or kill it. That’s all there is to it.

There isn’t much to redeem Thor: The Dark World. The comic relief doesn’t come across as funny because it was done to death in the first movie. The acting is one dimensional and every character seems to have only one emotion. The plot abounds with holes. One minute, something is indestructible. The next, someone conveniently just happened to make something that will destroy the indescribable item.

The movie was made to be a blockbuster for only one reason; die hard fans. If it weren’t for fans of Stan Lee, it probably wouldn’t have been.

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Movie Review: Enders Game (2013)

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4 stars

Enders Game is a movie based on an extremely popular book by Orson Scott Card of the same name. To understand the book, you need to understand the time it came from. See, Enders Game was written back in 1985, before Iraq number 1 was a twinkle in Bush Sr.’s eye. As a result, this book has some political undertones that really come to light when discussing preemptive wars, like the 2003 war in Iraq.

Political undertones that are completely lost when the book is translated to the big screen…but I’ll get to that.

In Enders Game, the world’s fate sits in the hands of one boy, Ender Wiggins (Asa Butterfield) He is recruited and trained by the heroic Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford). Graff has been looking for a child to lead the invasion, because the battle will take place in a video game like environment, where only a child’s mind is open enough to think in a way that will help defeat the aliens. The majority of the movie focuses on Ender and a bunch of other kids training, to determine who is the true leader among them. [more…]

Yes, I am aware that the premise sounds ridiculous. However, in the book, the premise was symbolic. It was written in a time where only cold war was on everyone’s mind, so it was easy to be idealistic about the need for war. The premise gets a bit lost seeing the world isn’t the name way anymore…and also because they cut out a lot to squeeze the movie into a 115 minute run time.

The special effects in this movie were fantastic. The entire movie was visually stunning. There are video bubble zero gravity environments, full scale virtual reality environments and more. The special effects were realistic and nearly flawless.

I say nearly flawless because right up until the aliens are unveiled, everything was going swimmingly. Then, you see the aliens and it all falls apart.

I’m sorry, but these aliens are allegedly supposed to be higher beings with superior intelligence. They would have been a hell of a lot scarier if they had been designed that way, and not like big roaches that had me reaching for a can of Raid. Yes, I am aware that Card wrote them that way in his original novel, but just because he wrote them that way didn’t mean he was right. In fact, Card has a history of being wrong. See his opinion on gay rights if you need verification of that.

Onto the acting.




The lead, played by Butterfield, was expertly cast. This kid has this weird ability to look like a child, sound like a child, and act like an adult. With his piercing blue eyes that look right into your soul, trust me, you will find this kid off putting to say the least. However, for a movie like this, where children are in the role of adults, this casting was a stroke of genius.

Wish I could say the same for Harrison Ford, but honesty, I just wasn’t buying him as a grizzled war veteran. Instead, he looked like a grumpy old man. I spent the movie waiting for him to unwrap a Werther’s Original as he complained about ‘those damn teenagers’.

The movie Enders Game lost a lot of the politics and symbolism of the book in translation. Depending on where you sit on the political fence, this can be a good thing, or a bad thing. However, Enders Game is still an excellent action movie, with a standard implausible premise, and enough decent acting to make it worth the watch.

Movie Review: The Counselor (2013)

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3.5 stars

I always feel bad for movies with an all star cast, produced by a legendry filmmaker, based on the work of a Pulitzer Prize winning author. Sounds crazy? Not really if you think about it. When you take an all-star cast and you team it up with an all-star crew, the bar gets raised impossibly high. When it comes to a movie this hyped, Lindsey Lohan stands a better chance of getting a good review than they do. Regardless of what the early critical reviews are saying, I have to say, I didn’t think the Counselor was that bad. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible.

The movie focuses around the Counselor, aka a lawyer played by Michael Fassbender and girlfriend, Laura (Penelope Cruz). Due to the lack of ethics that many lawyers’ seem to be born with, the Counselor winds up getting involved in some drug trafficking scheme and more than a few crazy characters like Reiner (Javier Bardem), Malkina (Cameron Diaz) and Westray (a cowboy hat wearing Brad Pitt). [more…]

The movie has strong dialog and a decent amount of attention grabbing characters. Everyone has a part to play and no one underplays their part. Cormac McCarthy, legendary novelist and Pulitzer winner, didn’t do a bad job of laying out great dialog and fantastic characters. However, his screenplay writing abilities fall a bit short when it comes to managing an often convoluted plot.


McCarthy seems to have concentrated on the dialog, but fails to explain key elements in the plot. For example, why is the Counselor involved in drug trafficking at all? While he is a man who clearly likes to live beyond his means, it seems odd that he would randomly decide to get sucked into organized crime as a way of paying an overdue Visa bill. Of course, it winds up getting messy and the Counselor tried to get a message to his girlfriend…because this is a parallel universe where cell phones don’t work?

Diaz seems miscast as a bad girl who likes to watch her pet Cheetah’s rip apart bunnies. I’ve seen her playing the ditsy blonde too many times to buy her as a gold digging femme fatale. Brad Pitt’s character seems like an afterthought.



Usually, movie producers frown on novelists writing their own screenplays. There have been a few exceptions to this, but it seems this is one of those cases where they shouldn’t have made an exception. McCarthy seems so stuck on staying true to the book that he left out key elements in the movie that could have made it a lot clearer. The dialog was fantastic and the action was fast paced.

In most normal cases, this would be an above average action/suspense movie. Here’s the problem. This is a movie coming from the guy who wrote “No Country for Old Men”. This is a movie directed by Ridley Scott. This is a movie where expectations were extremely high. Because of this, it’s hard to not go to the theater with high expectations.

If it weren’t for the star studded cast and crew, this movie would probably be getting at least average reviews. However, this is a movie that had every advantage going in. While worth the watch, if you are a fan of McCarthy, or the filmmaking of Ridly Scott, you will probably be disappointed.

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Movie Review: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)

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4 stars

Whenever I see a ‘Jackass Presents” in front of something, I know I’m guaranteed more than a few uncomfortable laughs. That is what Bad Grandpa is. More than a few laughs at someone else’s expense and a whole lot of fun.

For Bad Grandpa, Jackass adapted their Bad Grandpa prank character and made a plot focused movie about him. 86 year-old Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) is stuck on a cross country trip with his 8-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll). Old Irving’s goal is to drop young Billy off with his dad, so he can go back to chasing ‘tail’ (as he likes to put it). On their way, they encounter a variety of strangers that they verbally attack, confuse or both.

Bad Grandpa is mainly the practical joke skit from the Jackass Show, played with a plot. This hidden camera movie features more than a few laugh out loud moments as the make-up wearing Knoxville horrifies a wide range of unsuspecting victims. In more than a few scenes, he hits on unsuspecting women with a few of his signature quips like “might be too old to stir the gravy, but I can still lick the spoon!” [more…]

There is a lot of crude humor as well, which is to be expected from a Johnny Knoxville movie. In one scene, Irving gets his member stuck in a soda machine. In another, horrified passersby’s watch as he encourages 8 year-old Billy to chug a beer at a picnic table. Near the end, he gets his 8 year old grandson to enter a beauty contest in drag.


Knoxville isn’t a million percent convincing as an old man. The makeup is pretty good, but the voice just isn’t there. However, Billy is his eager to please, up for anything self in the movie and never fails to engage in a good time with his ‘Bad Grandpa”.


There are some surprisingly sweet moments in the film, where Grandpa bonds with Billy. The storyline is predictable, but it’s expected to be. This is more of a Borat style film. The story is for the sake of the character, but the real reason to watch is for the jokes.

Keep in mind that Bad Grandpa isn’t Bruno or Borat. They’re not trying to make a political statement through satire and humor. They’re just trying to have a good time and shock the hell out of some innocent bystanders. While Bad Grandpa probably isn’t as good as some of the prior Jackass movies, and it doesn’t have the same level of heart as Bad Santa, it’s still a good time.

If you are the easily offended type, Bad Grandpa is not the movie for you. The jokes focus around social taboos, sexual situations and body fluid jokes. However, if you were a fan of any of the Jackass movies, then Bad Grandpa will probably be right up your alley. This is Johnny Knoxville at his ‘offending sensitive strangers’ best and there doesn’t seem to be anything little Billy won’t do for a laugh.

Here is the trailer.

Movie Review: Haunter (2013)

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2.5 Stars

Haunter was a new twist on an old idea. A haunted house story…normal. A haunted house story from the ghost’s perspective…not so normal.

In Haunter, ghost teenager Lisa Johnson (Abigail Breslin) and her family died in 1986 under suspicious circumstances. Her family has been repeating the day that they died over and over again, without realizing it. However, when Lisa snaps out of the trance, she learns that a new family has moved into the house and she must find a way to help Olivia (Eleanor Zilchy) avoid the same fate as her and her family.

The movie has a great premise. It’s a new idea. It’s a nefarious version of ‘Casper the Friendly Ghost’, with serial killer intrigue and plenty of room for a few great scares. However, despite the great premise, the creators failed to follow the one formula that is required in order to keep a scary movie scary. It’s a simple principle; the KISS principle.

Keep It Simple Stupid. [more…]

Unfortunately, this plot seemed to spiral out of control. The bad dude in the movie is ‘Haunter’ an evil serial killer ghost who likes to kidnap teenage girls and murder them. However, this doesn’t explain why he’s elected to murder whole families? The point is never explained…ever. This was a major plot hole in need of patching.


In addition, the beginning plays out like a really unfunny version of ‘Groundhog Day.’ She does the same thing every day and we are forced to watch it. This causes the movie to drag on way too long and when the scares do come, they lack impact as any enthusiasm has been lost.

The film also has its own aesthetic problems. It looks like the filmographer was trying to capture that creepy style low budget work done in ‘Sinister’. Instead, Jon Joffin delivers a musty looking, grey hued movie that will have most viewers reaching for their bifocals.

The only scares are jump-scares and really, no one is scared of jump-scares anymore. Most people who watch any level of horror movies have been jump scared so many times over the last 5 years that we are practically immune.



It’s a shame really, because the premise is fabulous. If this had been done correctly, or even with more of a comedic air, it could have been a movie along the plot line of ‘Cabin in the Woods.’ Instead, due to the lack of the ability to cover plot holes and flesh out a script, Haunter just wasn’t that haunting.

This is a less than average horror movie at best. This movie could have relied on frightening story telling for its scares. Instead, it focused on shoddy camera work, lazy jump-scares, and a convoluted plot. For horror audiences out there looking for a great Halloween movie, this one isn’t going to scare and it isn’t going to provide any kind of comedic relief. It doesn’t even have enough of a B-Budget feel to make it worth making fun of. When it comes to looking for a decent scare movie, viewers are best off avoiding Haunter.

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