Spookers

Spookers

Spookers

Documentary from New Zealand filmmaker Florian Habicht (Pulp: A Film About Life, Death, and Supermarkets) on the most successful haunted attraction in the Southern Hemisphere, Auckland's Spookers. Self-taught performers share their lives behind the makeup in revealing interviews alongside surreal dream sequences.

2017Rating: M, Adult themes83 minsNew Zealand, Australia
Documentary
92%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

With so much of its business relying on scary facades of one kind or another, a behind-the-scenes doco on Auckland “scream park” Spookers could well have ended up being merely diverting. Would we really need to know how exactly they go about terrifying thousands of willing, paying, customers each weekend? While the film’s first documentary footage may centre on the best ingredients for dressing dead babies with blood, Spookers quickly turns from practical matters and carves out a more interesting path, as one would expect from director Florian Habicht (Kaikohe Demolition, Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets).

4.0

A mix of art and doco - 7/10

This was different to what I was expecting, and I enjoyed that. Again I'm in agreement with the official Flicks review - what's great about this doco are all the little vignettes interspersed into the traditional documentary narrative. The 'talent' who spend their nights at Spookers scaring everyone to death do various scenes outside the confines of the...

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Surprising, compassionate and insightful.

5.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It's unusual both in terms of storytelling and aesthetics, but it works well within the realm of the weird and wonderful world that is Spookers.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

There’s only so much excitement to be garnered from watching the performers endlessly cavort in maniacal fashion, and the dramatic recreations of their nightmares proves as interesting as, well, listening to other people talk about their nightmares.

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

With so much of its business relying on scary facades of one kind or another, a behind-the-scenes doco on Auckland “scream park” Spookers could well have ended up being merely diverting. Would we really need to know how exactly they go about terrifying thousands of willing, paying, customers each weekend? While the film’s first documentary footage may centre on the best ingredients for dressing dead babies with blood, Spookers quickly turns from practical matters and carves out a more interesting path, as one would expect from director Florian Habicht (Kaikohe Demolition, Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets).

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Surprising, compassionate and insightful.

5.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It's unusual both in terms of storytelling and aesthetics, but it works well within the realm of the weird and wonderful world that is Spookers.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

There’s only so much excitement to be garnered from watching the performers endlessly cavort in maniacal fashion, and the dramatic recreations of their nightmares proves as interesting as, well, listening to other people talk about their nightmares.

A mix of art and doco - 7/10

This was different to what I was expecting, and I enjoyed that. Again I'm in agreement with the official Flicks review - what's great about this doco are all the little vignettes interspersed into the traditional documentary narrative. The 'talent' who spend their nights at Spookers scaring everyone to death do various scenes outside the confines of the...

4.0