HAUNTERS-THE ART OF THE SCARE (2017)
Haunters is a fun and sometimes disturbing documentary focusing on the folks who set up extreme haunts at Halloween…and some of the individuals who go to them. Writer/director Jon Schnitzer interviews some small time extreme haunt makers whose mission every Halloween is to terrify people as much as possible. One such entrepreneur, Russ McKamey, runs a haunt that may cross some lines, but Schnitzer let’s you decide if that is so for yourself. He shows how the people work hard to put these attractions together and then shows us the eager customers willing to be bound, gagged, blindfolded, manhandled, dunked under water and covered in all sorts of who-knows-what. It’s hard to tell who is more disturbed, the haunt creators, or their excited to be frightened clients. The interviews and footage are equally fun and disturbing and also give us a look at what effect this horror hobby has on the makers and their families. While you consider if these haunts are unethical or dangerous, you have to at least appreciate the creativity and effort put into them. A fun and fascinating documentary from Jon Schnitzer.