With extreme haunts becoming more popular and better known, it only makes sense that the horror genre would follow suit and begin using them as the setting for more and more films. In the last few years alone, we've had The Houses October Built and The Houses October Built 2, Hell Fest, Blood Fest, Extremity, and last year's documentary Haunters, all about the world of extreme haunts. The premise of these movies is often the same: that haunts show some awful stuff which turns out to be real, not staged, and then the young people inside the haunts are systematically killed off.
A Quiet Place, and produced by Eli Roth. Katie Stevens plays Harper, a young woman on the outs with her boyfriend whose friends convince her against her better judgment to come out on Halloween night. They wind up at an extreme haunted house that turns out to be more real than they ever could have expected, then have to fight their way out to survive.
Yes, the setup for Haunt is pretty unoriginal. Where the film excels is in the execution. This is a slick, well-directed exercise, one that knows how to build tension and generate a scare. The kills are brutal, the photography (from DP Ryan Samul) handsome, the editing taut. It's all very well done, which is why I find myself surprised that I didn't care more. Haunt is a very well-made movie in which I had difficulty investing. That probably says more about me than it does the film, but here we are.