‘Have you ever entered a haunted house?’
The Haunted is a 2018 British supernatural horror feature film about a young female caregiver working in a creepy old house.
Written and directed by David Holroyd, the TH Film production stars Sophie Stevens, Nick Bayly, Maggie Daniels, Virginia Denham, Ray MacAllan and Kirstie Steele.
Emily arrives for her first night shift as a caregiver to an elderly dementia patient. In an isolated house, her night turns into a nightmare as she is tormented by a vengeful spirit, and starts to uncover the house’s dark secrets…
Reviews [click links to read more]:
” …the plot stays so skeletal that the twist only works if bare minimum bits of story are divulged along the way. Conversely, the final reveal turns out to be such a sigh-inducing cliché that the payoff isn’t remotely worth the price paid in boredom to get there.” Culture Crypt
” …Holroyd brings out all the genre toys and throws them in willy nilly – running about, failing lights, doors that lock themselves – and before we know it he’s offered up one of those ‘who-is-the-real-ghost?’ type endings, which in terms of the paucity of plot and context, makes no sense at all. A missed opportunity.” Dark Eyes of London
“The building blocks are all there and there is clearly a vision but the organization is a complete mess. Cut all the padding away and you have a magnificent short with some truly tense moments but as it stands you just have a subpar haunted house story that feels like a waste of the audience’s time.” Horror Buzz
“With a decent lead performance, but a wholly uninspired concept and the matching “you didn’t earn it” scares, The Haunted fails to make a good impression.” Horrorfreak News
“For a picture that in the most part has a degree of plausibility to it, the introduction of a Ouija board in the final third elicits a weary roll of the eyes, but minor criticisms aside, a brisk running time (seventy minutes) is always the friend of a micro-budget horror, and The Haunted never outstays its welcome.” The Schlock Pit
Vertical Entertainment is releasing The Haunted on digital in the USA on May 22nd 2020.
Cast and characters:
- Sophie Stevens … Emily
- Nick Bayly … Arthur
- Maggie Daniels … Mary
- Virginia Denham … Mum
- Ray MacAllan … Paul
- Kirstie Steele … Ghost