A trailer and poster have been released for Vincenzo Natali‘s mystery-horror film, Haunter. The film stars Abigail Breslin as a girl who keeps reliving the same day 1985 and has to unravel the mystery of why she is in this odd purgatory. I caught the film at SXSW, and while I enjoyed the premise, I felt that the emphasis on solving the mystery was at the expense of the emotional side of the story. This new trailer doesn’t give too much away, but it also makes the movie looks like a run-of-the-mill haunted house movie with only the Groundhog Day-aspect as a means to stand out.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. The film also stars Stephen McHattie, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden, and David Hewlett. Haunter opens in theaters and will be available on VOD on October 18th.
The Call marks a serious turning point for child-star Abigail Breslin (that cute girl from Little Miss Sunshine and Signs). Breslin stars as Casey Wilson, a naive teenager, who after taken hostage by a madman, slowly comes into her own as a woman. Much like Casey’s arc in the film, Breslin herself seems poised to transition from the cherub-cheeked roles of yesteryear to more serious adult fare. Just one look at her upcoming slate of films is ample evidence: Ender’s Game, Final Girl, Haunter, August: Osage County… With such an eclectic mixture of big budget, Oscar-bait, indie and genre horror films on the horizon, Breslin seems more than up for such a challenging transition.
In the following interview with Abigail Breslin, she discusses transitioning to more adult roles, the difficulties of acting in a trunk and her upcoming parts in both the big budget Ender’s Game & the indie horror Haunter. For the full interview, hit the jump.
Ghosts aren’t all bad. Some of the time, they’re just depressed, and you would be too if you had to float around for the rest of whatever. There’s monotony, but the desire to reach out, whether you’re alive or dead, remains. In haunted house movies with a benevolent/misunderstood specter, that need for connection becomes essential, and Vincenzo Natali‘s Haunter uses an intriguing premise to show ghosts reaching out across the ether to either save or condemn. Unfortunately, a slow start eventually dooms the film as the mystery overshadows the characters, and what should be a tense, puzzling picture becomes a convoluted and corny mess.
Just last week the official lineup for the upcoming 2013 SXSW Film Festival was announced, and today the fest has unveiled its lineups for the midnight and shorts categories. While films like Before Midnight, Much Ado About Nothing, Evil Dead, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone will screen in the film festival’s other sections, the midnight lineup includes films like Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem, the anthology sequel V/H/S/2 (which recently changed its title from S-V/H/S), and the much buzzed-about horror pic You’re Next. Hit the jump to take a look at the full lineup.
Principal photography has begun on director Vincenzo Natali’s (Splice) ghost movie Haunter. The film stars Abigail Breslin as a teenage girl who died with her family in 1986 under sinister circumstances. In the present, Breslin much reach out “from beyond the grave” to help her living counterpart, Olivia, avoid the same fate she suffered. In addition to Breslin, the cast also includes Stephen McHattie (Immortals), Peter Outerbridge (Silent Hill: Revelation), Michelle Nolden (Red), and David Hewlett (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Production is underway in Toronto and Brantford and the film is slated for release sometime in 2013.
Breslin recently wrapped a role in Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Ender’s Game, and is said to be eyeing the starring role in an adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s The Things We Do For Love. Hit the jump to read the full press release regarding Haunter.
We’ve got two bits of casting news to update you on today. Here they are at a glance:
- Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) has signed on to topline Haunter, a supernatural mystery that features Breslin as teenage ghost, Lisa, who attempts to prevent a girl living in her former home from falling victim to the same mysterious death.
- Tom Lipinski (Suits) will join Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, in which an escaped con (Josh Brolin) hides out with a single mom (Kate Winslet) and her teenage son over Labor Day weekend.
Hit the jump for more on both projects.