Movie goers, particularly those who are fans of the horror genre, are often presented with a film that is ‘based on actual events’ or some rendition of that enticing phrase. In all actuality, this generally means next to nothing in terms of the movie’s promise to scare you with something real. The Haunting in Connecticut is aptly named in this sense because it offers the traditional horror scare of a haunting and merely sets it in the hardly unique location of Connecticut, part of the notoriously popular setting for scary tales: New England. This is not to say that the film is a throw away because plenty of fans will love another haunting movie to add to their collection, but if you are seeking an interesting supernatural tale that stays in line with the haunting genre then you’ll be pleased.

The basic premise of this movie is that a suburban family moves into a house that they’re renting and it’s an exceptional deal. Too good to be true, of course. You’ve got the world weary mom trying to keep the house together as her recovering alcoholic husband attempts to get his life back on track for her and their two sons. There’s the vivacious younger brother and the older teen brother, Matt Campbell, who is unfortunately undergoing treatment for a potentially terminal illness. The Campbells are a fairly stereotypical American family, none of them particularly inclined to the occult or ghosts. However, shortly after moving in things get weird. Spooky happenings take place and before long, it appears that Matt is able to sense odd things happening in the house – which is the ‘true story’ aspect of the film. The family then seeks outside help to determine whether the spirits have any kind of history with the place and it’s here that things begin to get exciting.

The house turns out to be something of a creepy place that used to serve as a mortuary. Given this, it’s not too stunning that there would be angry spirits about, but the plot thickens with the addition of necromancy haven taken place within the house, as well. This is where the events begin to get weird – just as they did in the true story itself. There is the ghost of a psychic medium who helps expand the plot a bit and we learn that there are séances and other fringe activities that have taken place within this otherwise normal Connecticut home.

This reviewer doesn’t want to spoil the thrills in the movie, but suffice it to say there is sufficient ghostly or even demonic activity that takes place to make the film an enjoyable way to spend an evening if you haven’t got a whole lot of horror flicks left that you’ve not already seen. As much as the trailers made this look like a great film, it didn’t deliver to the level hoped for and that’s too bad because the actual true story (that you can see glimpses of in the bonus features on the DVD) really does have some fascinating aspects to it. If you’re specifically in the mood for a haunting film then this one should do the trick, but if you’re hoping to be on the edge of your seat and you’ve got a good resume of scary movies under your belt, you probably won’t spill any popcorn while watching this movie.


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Posted on November 6, 2009

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  1. Andrew

    7 years ago

    As far as I’m concerned this is the best haunted house movie i’ve seen, next to the shining. It manages to achieve a level of emotional involvement that is all but unheard of in the horror genre. The flashback that explains how Jonah died was downright beautiful.


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