Spooky happenings and things that go bump in the night - who doesn't love a good horror story? In "Haunter" a man is haunted by a poltergeist or demon, something of that nature. It's a short film most people can relate with, even if those scary bumps and sounds are imagination fed. We've all been scared, we've all been alone, and we've all let our curiosity get the better of us at times. Now, as is the case in this film, add to the mix the potential that those eerie sounds and noises are actually real, not your imagination. That's the premise here and although not perfect, there's no denying the creepy atmosphere "Haunter" creates. This is a ghost story after all, and that creeping sense of dread is everything. Who ever said that cool things can't come in small packages?
Speaking of small packages, what a small package this short film is. It's only around six minutes long and finishes at lightning speed. Clearly, "Haunter" was also created without much of a budget. The location is one of convenience, and there's only one actor - unless you count the ghost. Knowing all that, it would be easy to completely dismiss "Haunter" as something you probably don't want to see - and you would be wrong. Although there's no question of the indie, low-budget status of this flick - there's really a lot of good stuff here. And by good stuff, I of course, mean the vibe of the movie. The all-important atmosphere.
Holmatov's story is essentially the basics of a hunting flick, and Brocklehurst has done a splendid job with what was available - but this film will still appeal more to those who love low/no-budget flicks. It doesn't quite have enough "umph" to capture the attention of the casual Joe viewers. But that's not a bad thing either. Many movies and short films have eventually received cult followings in just this way - and "Haunter" also has the added bonus of a cool ending sequence. I'm talking about the whole knife thing - that was awesome.
At the end of the day? "Haunter" is a short film that lives up to the promise of a creepy venture, but will appeal only to a select number of folks. It's not flashy or tech-heavy, but old-school creepy with a definite flair for those who give it a chance. And why wouldn't you give it a chance? It's only around six minutes. Good job, and a solid two and a half stars.