The Haunted (2018) reviews and overview

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[Total: 28   Average: 1.7/5]

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.

Plot:

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 – 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

Release:

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

Technical details:

75 minutes

  

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