‘Haunters’

‘Haunters’

Screens at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Tickets are $10, $9 for DIA members and seniors.

After fire marshal problems shuttered the popular haunted attraction during its 10th anniversary, Phobia House near Kalamazoo is determined to make the next year’s attraction the most frightening and fun ever. Filmmaker Anthony Morrison follows magic store owner Antony Gerard and his team of professional zombies, creepy clowns, and axe murderers as they rehab a new location in Plainwell.

Cameras follow unsuspecting patrons through the maze of fright effects while organizers retool the shocks each night leading to their Halloween climax. The movie displays the group’s setbacks and triumphs as they monitor reviews on social media and get spied on by rival haunted houses. A testament to doing what you love, the movie paints a revealing portrait of Phobia House ringmaster Gerard, whose own near-death experience decades ago spurred him to follow his passion for scaring people silly. Michigan premiere.

AFTER THE FILM: After the film, there will be a Q&A hosted by the Free Press’ Jim Schaefer with director-producer Anthony Morrison and Phobia House creator Antony Gerard.

Year: 2015
Running time: 1 hour, 17 minutes
Rating: Unrated; language, intense imagery
Director: Anthony Morrison
Cinematographer: Ivaylo Getov
Editors: James Codoyannis, Andrew Siwoff
Producers: Anthony Morrison
Production company: Meddler
Other film festivals: DOC NYC