THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
DECEMBER 23, 2013

At first glance, “The Haunting In Connecticut” comes off much like your typical haunted horror film, complete with the based on a true story, the purchase of a creaky old house possessed by spirits who roam around at night, and a sick young man left to experience these otherworldly beings on his own. But director Peter Cornwell’s haunting story takes on a much more admirable demeanor in producing some truly memorable visuals and capitalizing off some brilliant turns of the story. Matt Campbell (Kyle Gallner) is sick and on trial chemotherapy through a hospital much too far away. So to compensate, his mother (Virginia Madsen) pushes for the family to move to a house closer to the hospital. Cue the “dun-dun-dun.”

In this house, with paint peeling off the walls, cupboards full of black-and-white photos of dead people, and a room in the basement that remains impossible to get into, the typical family struggles are amplified with the presence of the ghosts, attempting to tell/show Kyle their story. The story involves a grave-robbing embalmer and a young boy medium whose special ability includes conjuring ectoplasm (a physical substance materialized from the other side) from his mouth, which eventually produces one of the amazing visual gags of the film. Overall, “The Haunting In Connecticut” has enough spooks to stay relevant as a horror classic and a plethora of visuals, from a possessed shower curtain that attempts to suffocate its victim, to written incisions covering the entire body of Matt, to dead bodies falling out of the walls. With so many horrible horror films being produced every year when a film like “The Haunting In Connecticut” comes around, you can’t help but be impressed.

RELEASE DATE
March 27, 2009

DIRECTOR
Peter Cornwell

WRITTEN BY
Adam Simon
Tim Metcalfe

STUDIO
Lionsgate

PG-13
(for some intense sequences of terror and disturbing images)

DRAMA
HORROR
MYSTERY
THRILLER

92 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Adam Swica

COMPOSER
Robert J. Kral

EDITOR
Tom Elkins

CAST
Virginia Madsen
Kyle Gallner
Martin Donovan
Amanda Crew
Elias Koteas
Music by
Ty Wood

PRODUCED BY
Paul Brooks
Andrew Trapani
Daniel Farrands
Wendy Rhoads

BUDGET
$10 million

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