The Bates Haunting – 1 out of 5
Whenever there’s a huge horror film that either makes butt-loads of moola or becomes a pop culture icon, there’s always a host of people who will try and leech a bit of the fame that is leaking from its infamous teat. Whether it be all the folks with GoPros making their own versions of Paranormal Activity on YouTube or the endless parade of mockbusters that The Asylum pumps out or the plague of low quality zombie films or that people are still making movies that connect to The Amityville Horror, people are always going to go after that already established cred and try to make a buck off of it. Hell, even those traps called "haunted houses" that pop up every Halloween will borrow and steal from famous horror films in order to get some cash from the drunken youngsters out to piss themselves over a Domino’s delivery boy moonlighting as a vampire in shitty makeup. One particular real life Halloween attraction becomes the focus of The Bates Haunting and ends up being a ridiculous way to get some press.
|When you think of haunted houses, you think of...dragons?|
|Captions and screenshots can NOT do justice to how bad Aleksandra's acting|
was...and she was barely in the film.
|Strangely, the attraction didn't change their name after this was made...hmmm.|
|I think the girl on the left isn't overacting enough.|
|How can you make your shitty horror film shittier?|
Simple: Add a Jackass star that isn't Johnny
|If you just punched your monitor looking at this picture, don't worry.|
That is a totally normal reaction.
|I was shocked when I found out that she made noises and gestures beyond irritated|
sighs and eye-rolls.
Bad acting is pretty much the name of the game in this film—however, considering the film, this fact wasn’t really a surprise but rather an expected element. Whether it is the laughable emotionless performances of the people in the opening scene where Lily dies (seriously, with the exception of Jean Louise O’Sullivan, all the actors look like they had no idea the director yelled "Action!") or the endless parade of flat delivery or the occasional overacting by the few who believed that GRAND GESTURES and RIDICULOUS DELIVERY was the way to go, all the players in this film—with the exception of one—come off either terribly or laughable…and, more often than not, both.
|Jesus, the actors can't even make being passed out drunk look convincing.|
The only real decent performance came from Zachary Fletcher who plays Junior, the son of the owners of the attraction and the manager of The Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride. His character comes off as a simpleton and Fletcher, beyond an awkward introduction, ends up playing the part very well and, most of all, very realistically. This character could have easily been transformed into a cartoon that is too over-the-top to enjoy or take seriously but he made the character a bit endearing and was infinitely more sympathetic than the arrogant jerk-stain that was the main character of Agnes. However, eventually Fletcher’s performance breaks down when the obvious plot twist comes along and his realistic portrayal turns into what you would expect from a Direct-to-DVD feature.
|The only good thing about this movie...|