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The Haunting in Connecticut (Blu-ray Disc, 2009)

Peter Cornwell, Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan | Theatrical release: 2009 | Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
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A direct descendent of classic haunted-house films like BURNT OFFERINGS (1975) and THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (1979), THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT also features the classic premise of a family moving into a new home where the bad deeds of previous tenants have left a foul psychic residue. Reportedly based on true events experienced by the Snedeker family in the 1970s, Peter Cornwell’s film has plenty of effective scares, but it is also a moving family drama featuring an impressive performance by Virginia Madsen (SIDEWAYS). It is 1987, and Connecticut teenager Matt Campbell (Kyle Gallner) is undergoing painful, experimental cancer treatments. Long drives to the hospital are making a trying experience even worse, so his mother, Sara (Madsen), rents an old house and moves the family closer to Matt’s clinic. Soon after moving into the house, Matt begins to have disturbing hallucinations of strange figures; but believing these visions to be unfortunate side effects of his cancer therapy, he keeps them to himself. When the visions persist, a bit of sleuthing reveals the Campbells’ new abode to be an old funeral home where séances were held in the 1920s by a mortician who also had dealings in the black arts that have left some restless spirits wandering the house. The first half of THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, where it isn’t clear if Matt’s visions are real or imagined, is driven more by the touching story of a mother and son caught in a painful situation than by shocks and scares. Once it’s confirmed that the ghosts are real, however, the film becomes a tight little thriller with some genuinely creepy moments. Martin Donovan, as the alcoholic father of the Campbell family, and Elias Koteas, as a sympathetic priest, do great work in supporting roles.

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 031398111696

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Genre:Horror/Suspense
Format:Blu-ray Disc

eBay Product ID: EPID73380525

Editorial reviews

3 star out of 5 -- "Where the film excels is in the moments of haphazard apparition....Every reflective surface becomes a reason to be alert and every oddly moving object a menacingly animated corpus."
Box Office - Sara Schieron (03/27/2009)

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Created: 07/17/09

Great premise, odd pacing

THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT is a good horror film that misses being great because of odd pacing. It starts out very slowly: a family is coping with their teenage son's cancer. The boy is put on an experimental treatment that, according to the doctor, may cause hallucinations. The boy sees flashes of ghosts in the family's newly-rented house. He does not tell the doctor when the doctor specifically asks about hallucinations. The only other odd thing that happens in this section of the film (which seems to go on too long) is the mother finding a stash of Victorian post-mortem photos (in which the dead person is dressed & propped up, often with other family members, as if he were alive). Mom flips through the photos much too quickly for a viewer who doesn't know the backstory to realize what they are; then she throws them in the garbage (which caused me to cringe; as an antiques dealer, I know those things are worth a lot of money!) The story doesn't really get going until the teen boy confesses his experiences to his teen girl cousin. She promises to help --- and does she ever! In the next scene, she is suddenly revealing the history of the house as a funeral home where seances were held and a boy medium named Jonah contacted the dead, complete with photos and old newspaper articles. OK, she could have gotten this stuff on the internet, at the library, or from talking to neighbors, but we don't see her doing this; she just suddenly explains everything at lightning speed, much like Mom flipped through the photos. If you don't ALREADY know the story, you're going to miss some of it here. After that, the movie settles down to being a traditional haunted house film with everyone in the family experiencing strange phenomena. The ending is a real stunner and almost makes you forget snoozing through the first third. While the cancer/haunted house story is OK, the really interesting and creepy part is what happened to Jonah in the past. If only they had shown more of that, instead of bits and pieces in choppy flashes! I liked this movie, but it would have been better if the horrors in the past and those in the present had been given equal time.

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Created: 12/25/09

The Haunting in Connecticut

Okay, so I've seen it more than once. I don't know why, but this movie was well done. But the editoreal was different then movie was! in the real story apreist exsoied
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For a PG-13, it could have slipped by as an R with some slight adjustments. I expected it to flop but it was surprisingly good with some jumpy moments throughout, especially the fact that it's based on a true story, makes it a few times more creepy. How true the story actually is - I have no idea. I just love Virginia Madsen! What a terrific actress. The guy who plays the son did great as well; prepare that this movie is also very sad! An all around good horror flick, this should please most horror lovers!

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Created: 06/29/09

Very enjoyable...

Okay, so I've seen it more than once. I don't know why, but this movie was well done. For a PG-13, it could have slipped by as an R with some slight adjustments. I expected it to flop but it was surprisingly good with some jumpy moments throughout, especially the fact that it's based on a true story, makes it a few times more creepy. How true the story actually is - I have no idea. I just love Virginia Madsen! What a terrific actress. The guy who plays the son did great as well; prepare that this movie is also very sad! An all around good horror flick, this should please most horror lovers!

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Created: 02/15/10

More of a question than a review . . .

I loved the film, and actually own a copy, but what I was hoping was if anyone would be able to tell me if the unrated 2-disc special edition had special features such as deleted scenes et al? The copy I own is very basic-- its only special feature is a theatrical trailer, which I don't need since it's already in two other movies I own from Lions Gate. Any help?

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Created: 05/25/10

Great Movie.

This is probably one of my favourite movies off all time. Can watch it over & over & never get bored. Some intense scenes that made me jump out of my seat & never a dull moment. Kyle Gallner who plays character Matt Campbell is brilliant. He is my favourite actor played a cancer patient amazingly well.
Overall its a 4 star movie!! :D

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