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Lisa Johnson is one day shy of her sixteenth birthday. And she will be forever. She and her family are dead and doomed to repeat that fateful last day before they were all killed in 1985. Only Lisa has "woken up" and realizes what is going on. She starts to feel as if she is being haunted, but the "ghost" turns out to be Olivia, a very much alive girl who lives in the house in the present day with her own family. With her help, Lisa discovers that the house once belonged to a serial killer who kidnapped teenage girls and burned their remains in a hidden furnace room. When… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Inspiration seems to come from Groundhog Day, Beetlejuice and even The Shining."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"The plot spirals into increasing fuzziness ..."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"It's hard to dislike a film that has so much fun with the idea that for isolated teens, every day is like Sunday."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"A tightly wound slow-burn ghost story that blends the best elements of the genre... could have certainly held its own in theaters with a little positive word of mouth."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson, MovieCrypt.com
"Haunter isn't an extraordinary ghost tale, but it's got a nice lyrical blend of fear, gloom, and unsettling evil moments..."
‑ Elias Savada, Film Threat
""Haunter" offers a freaky, visceral experience - without a hint of gore."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Los Angeles Times
"Lifted by the sepulchral Stephen McHattie as Lisa's nemesis, the film's frazzled thought experiment becomes an adequate yarn."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"A good performance from Breslin keeps tension alive, but hope for a really scary and inventive fright dies screaming in the basement."
‑ Dee Rudebeck, Guardian
"Without distraction, attention can drift to the poor, cheesy lo-fi effects, which look as shifty as they did in Natali's 'Cypher,' but without the relentlessly nutty plot twists that jerk us merrily around."
‑ Matt Prigge, Metro
"A very entertaining amalgam of "The Others" and "Amityville Horror"..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A dull, confusing movie for which nobody bothered to provide a script."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"The occasionally intriguing, but ultimately middling Haunter is caught in some kind of gauzy haunted-house purgatory between a girl-powered YA story and a ghostly serial-killer mystery."
‑ Josh Modell, AV Club
"Though [Natali's] haunted-house tale ultimately lacks the strong storytelling its high concept calls for, it still compels with its ambition, occasional eloquence, and heart-in-the-right- place vibe."
‑ Curtis Woloschuk, Total Film
"...Natali's weakest film since 2003's Nothing..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Never completely loses the viewer's interest, but the edgy, enigmatic would-be momentum goes slack in the second half as the slim plot extends to 97 minutes when 80 would have made for a tauter experience."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
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