Eli Roth and the writers of ‘A Quiet Place’ (Scott Beck, Bryan Woods) want you to visit the newest extreme haunt this Halloween. One that promises to feed on your darkest fears. The trailer for ‘Haunt’ starts out like any trailer we see for a haunted house but quickly turns into something much more sinister than we could have ever imagined. Not only are the group of friends in for a frightening night but they slowly realize the monsters are real.
“It’s the end. Say goodbye. Close your eyes. Keep the monsters from creeping.”
The posters for ‘Haunt’ feature four simplistic mask that look like slightly modernized versions of Ben Cooper’s classic masks. They feature a Ghost, Witch, Devil and Clown. I think my favorite is the Witch with the Ghost coming in as a close second. By serving up something that feels so innocent it allows the audience to let their guard down a bit before literally hitting them over the head with a night full of terror.
The rise of extreme haunts in recent years have opened the door for these kind of sub-genre haunted attraction films that allows us to explore how far we will go both as a viewer and attendee at these kind of events. Such haunts as Mckamey Manor in San Diego really brought extreme haunts to the forefront followed by larger commercial haunts such as Blackout.
But this isn’t the first time extreme haunts have been tackled in a horror film, take Tobe Hooper’sFunhousefor example, and certainly won’t be the last as it continues to be a growing trend for thrill seekers that want more than just a latex mask and a startle scare. That is where ‘Haunt’ taps into a new generation of audiences of Halloween fans.
The Houses October Built in 2014 was a great example of bringing the extreme haunt to life through a found footage approach and it worked fairly well. So well they made a sequel and plan to release a third installment.
As I mentioned before ‘Haunt’ has some powerhouse people behind it with Eli Roth and the writers of ‘A Quiet Place’ so I expect it to be an entertaining and contend with what The Houses October Built brought to the table. Check out the trailer and character posters below!
HAUNT will be in Theaters, On Demand and Digital September 13, 2019.