2014 is shaping up to be a stronger year for horror than 2013 was, and though the indie haunted-house flick Haunt didn’t make We Got This Covered’s list of the most anticipated frightfests opening next year, a solid first trailer suggests that the film might still be worth checking out.
Haunt focuses on a shy teenager (Harrison Gilbertson) who connects with his mysterious neighbor (Liana Liberato) after moving into a haunted house. When the pair mess around with a creepy box, they unknowingly release an evil spirit into the house.
The trailer, which you can check out below, highlights the film’s leads as well as Haunt‘s eerie tone. Nothing seems too shocking here, though the film’s strong cast may be reason enough for many to give it a watch:
While Liberato is a familiar face in the States after strong performances in internet-abuse drama Trust and romantic comedy-drama Stuck in Love, the more-unknown Gilbertson is clearly show to be the film’s lead. The actor previously starred in Australian TV miniseries Conspiracy 365, but Haunt will mark his first starring role in a Hollywood film.
Jacki Weaver also co-stars as a creepy old woman who knows something about the haunted box that the two teens uncover. She’s the most prominent actress in Haunt, so the trailer may be over-emphasizing her role, but the film looks suitably creepy nonetheless.
Haunt marks the directorial debut of Mac Carter, the writer of comic-book documentary Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics. It boasts a script written by Andew Barrer, the same writer who recently booked a cinematic update of classic TV series Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Tell us, does the trailer for Haunt seem too generic to you, or will this be an effective and scary entry in the horror genre? Let us know what you think in the comments section.
Haunt will land first on digital platforms and VOD on February 7th, 2014, then move to select theaters on March 7th.