HAUNTERS: The Art of The Scare is a heart-warming and heart-stopping documentary about how family-friendly haunted houses for Halloween have spawned a growing subculture of extreme horror simulations.

Not only are haunted houses a great subject for a documentary, the specific angle taken by Haunters feels so worth exploring that I’m surprised I’ve never heard of a similar film before. discontent with focusing on the “why” of haunted houses, director Jon Schnitzer is looking at the recent turn in the haunt industry: how did we get from rubber bats to simulated drowning? It’s a great question, and I’m very curious to see just what he found.

While Schnitzer certainly has his work cut out for him with this, the trailer leaves me confident that he did his research on this one and has plenty of interesting information and ideas to present. From exploring the haunts themselves to interviewing the people behind them, this looks like a friendly, digestible presentation of an industry not everyone understands.

Haunters: The Art of the Scare is available today.

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