Friday, August 23, 2013

The Bates Haunting (2012)

Every once in a while when I am at Family Video, I decide to grab something that appears to be just mindless entertainment and that was the case tonight. While looking around, I knew that this selection would trend down a spiral, but decided to venture into it anyway. Me selection for tonight was, The Bates Haunting from 2012.

Plot/ After a year of obsessing over a murder investigation everyone else thinks is open and shut, Agnes goes to work at the Haunt in an attempt confront her trauma. Horrific events begin to claim the lives of her coworkers and Agnes must figure out what is behind all of the "accidents" before more people die.

I had a feeling going into this flick that it was not going to be anything special, and I was right. This is the typical low budget slasher. With that being said, it comes complete with the typical failings of the flicks of that ilk. The acting is amateurish and uneven; the storyline riddled with cliché, and the scripting was at best so-so. While this flick did seem to have some potential, it definitely did not come through with any type of what if moment or any type of scare. In the end, while the premise was there, this did nothing for the slasher genre. In fact, the Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride in Glens Mills, Pennsylvania that shares the backdrop may actually provide more realistic scares and a much better alternative to spend 90 minutes of your life. If you are a fan of slashers and have no other options, check it out. If there is something else available, it may be more entertaining.

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