I was having a hard time trying to decide how to wrap up my week of Halloween haunts. When I was digging through my DVDs, I decided to text Justin and he had a great suggestion… Haunters: The Art of the Scare. This movie popped up on my radar a year or two ago and I just never got around to watching it. It’s time that I come clean and tell the truth, I am scared to death of haunted houses. There are very few things that freak me out, but people jumping out and screaming really gets under my skin. Maybe that’s why I never saw this documentary, but I am glad that I finally checked it out.
Here is a brief summary:
Haunted houses for Halloween have spawned a growing subculture of extreme “full contact” terror simulations. But how far is too far?
This movie doesn’t break any new ground, but it tells a very touching story about people who spend all their time and money creating “home haunts”. The level of passion these people have is inspiring and I love this kind of outsider art. Each creator crafts a unique experience and it covers everything from standard haunts to the most extreme places around. Its a fun film to get you excited for the season, but it does seem to run a little long, even at just a little over 90 minutes. Don’t get me wrong, I love digging into everyone’s story but it can get a little repetitive. If you are someone who loves haunted houses or just enjoys watching people chase their dreams, then this is right up your alley. If you are like me, you will dig it for about 45 minutes then move onto an actual horror movie. Haunters: The Art of the Scare is currently streaming on Netflix.