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The Haunting in Connecticut
- Virginia Madsen

Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview

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.

Cast List

Andy Trapani - Producer, A HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT
Martin Donovan - American Actor, TRUST/THE OPPOSITE OF SEX/ INSOMNIA
Daniel Farrands - Screenwriter, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR
Elias Koteas - Actor
Kyle Gallner - Actor, A HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT
Steve Whitney - Executive producer
Paul Brooks - Producer, WHITE NOISE (2004)
Norm Waitt - Executive Producer, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING (2002)
Virginia Madsen - American actress, SIDEWAYS
Tim Metcalfe - Director/Screenwriter
Scott Niemeyer - Executive Producer, WHITE NOISE (2004)
Adam Swica - DOP, ENTER ZOMBIE KING
Wendy Rhoads - Producer, A HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT
Peter Cornwell - Director, A HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT
Robert J. Kral - Composer, SLIDERS (1995)
Adam Simon - Director/"Brain Dead"
Amanda Crew - FINAL DESTINATION 3 (2006)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 92
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 031398110903
  • Genre: Horror
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (for some intense sequences of terror and disturbing images)
  • Release Date: February 2012

Related Categories:
Movies > Horror/Suspense

Related Keywords:
Ghosts
True Story
Theatrical Release
Haunted Houses
Family Relations

 
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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." - 03/27/2009 Box Office

 
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