Directed by: Philip Brocklehurst
Written by: Muhammad Holmatov
Genre: Short / Horror
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The quarantine productions from bored filmmakers continue to make their rounds and mostly, there's not a lot to them. I've received a few lately that are static, or mostly static shots of a person talking about something. Like a VLOG of old. This title, Haunter, at least offers a bit of substance and creativity as director Philip Brocklehurst guides you through a shadowy apartment while you watch a demonic story unfold.
This quarantine films I've watched are mostly done to hone the skills of the filmmaker during the COVID-19 pandemic, but this title actually conveys a feeling as the star of the film walks down his creepy, darkened halls. The sound is equally scary; maybe even more than what's happening onscreen, and finally we get to see some creativity regarding the demise of the leading character. Haunter may not look really pretty, but it gets the job done.
This is the very definition of a short film, and is under 10 minutes. Muhammad Holmatov wrote the story and kept things really simple. A man is haunted by some kind of dark and deadly force. Haunter never attempts to explain what the force actually is, and maybe that's for the best. Some things are better left unsaid; left for the imagination to do with it what it will. Haunter is a gritty micro, probably no-budget title that has a lot of heart and even a little blood.
If nothing else can be said one thing is for sure. The pandemic is forcing aspiring filmmakers to get out and just do it. Actually, it's more like stay in and just do it, but I'm guessing you know what I mean. Haunter is a gritty, down to earth no-budget title that only wants to do one thing: make you more scared than you probably already are. Not the best film I've seen this month, but far from the worst.