Scott Beck and Bryan Woods the writers behind A Quiet Place know their horror really well. They know exactly how to masterfully ramp up tension and simultaneously create an engaging story. Their Halloween slasher, Haunt was actually written and directed by these two guys. Long story short it ended up being a total surprise upon release. In fact, it made my top 10 list for the year.
Ronin Flix is releasing Haunt on blu-ray for the first time in two different options. Firstly, its coming to a limited collectors edition that includes a CD of the soundtrack by tomandandy, a movie poster, enamel pins and more. It is also coming out in a standard edition that comes in a nice little slipcase.
The official synopsis for Haunt goes like this:
On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are very real.
Like many of you guys, I’m a huge fan of films that go down on Halloween night. Ever since Night of the Demons, its been a formula that sucks me right in. Haunt of course takes place on Halloween night. As the synopsis says it revolves around a group of friends that are lured into a secluded haunted house by a few shady characters in masks and they are left to survive a night of the macabre. On its surface, it already works as a memorable slasher. But, Beck and Woods aren’t done there. Instead they add a surprise element that deals specifically with the character’s masks that will make your jaw drop.
As the cover of the film reveals, the bad guys are dressed as a ghost, a clown, a witch and a devil… I really want to talk about the surprise here since it ends up becoming what makes this movie an absolute must-see but, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet.
Haunt fits well into any Halloween film programming. It ramps up early and doesn’t stop for the entirety of the film. It keeps coming at you with surprises, gnarly make-up effects and some memorable gore.
The disc comes packed with a lot of great special features. Check them out below:
- NEW To Escape the Haunt: The Making of HAUNT featurette including interviews with writers/directors Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, actors Katie Stevens, Will Brittain, Andrew Lewis Caldwell, Lauryn Alisa McClain, Schuyler Helford, Justin Marxen, Chaney Morrow, Special Makeup Effects artist Chris Bridges and co-composer Andy Milburn (tomandandy)
- NEW Audio Commentary with actors Justin Marxen (Clown), Chaney Morrow (Ghost) and Damian Maffei (Devil)
- Audio Commentary with writers/directors Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, Behind the Haunt, The Sound of Haunt, Deleted Scenes with an introduction by Scott and Bryan
- Popcorn Frights Q & A with Scott, Bryan and some of the cast
- Egyptian Theatre Premiere Q & A with Scott and Bryan, moderated by Eli Roth
- Short Film: The Sleepover – Scott and Bryan’s first film
- Director’s Diary
- Theatrical Trailer
You can head over to Ronin Filx to get your pre-order in right now. Both editions of the blu-ray release on October 22, just in time to add it to your Halloween film programming playlist.