The Haunting in Connecticut (15)

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

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Time Out says

Fri Mar 27 2009

From the Amityville school of dubious real-life paranormal mumbo-jumbo comes this dour, self-serious but surprisingly effective little haunted house shocker. When teenage cancer victim Matt Campbell (Kyle Gallner) moves with his family into the requisite old house with ‘a bad history’, he’s soon beset by ghoulish hallucinations: blood, burned kids, and gangs of grumpy ghosts festooned with mysterious runic calligraphy. Mum Sarah (Virginia Madsen) thinks it’s just a side effect of the medication, while recovering alcoholic dad Peter (Martin Donovan) is too busy staying off the wagon to pay any attention. But as Matt digs deeper into the mystery, he becomes convinced their new home is plagued by the restless, abused spirits of the damned.

There’s nothing remotely original in ‘The Haunting in Connecticut’, but director Cornwell holds things together admirably, wasting no time on his all-too-familiar setup, preferring to bludgeon his audience into submission with a parade of obvious but well-judged ‘gotcha’ moments and chucking in a decent scare at least every 5-10 minutes. If things become a mite operatic in the home stretch – with suitably haggard man-of-God Elias Koteas popping up to ‘cleanse’ the place of its ancient evil – there’s certainly enough here to satisfy the post-pub crowd in search of a few cheap, grab-the-armrest thrills.
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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Mar 27, 2009

Duration:

102 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Peter Cornwell

Music:

Robert J. Kral

Screenwriter:

Tim Metcalfe, Adam Simon

Cast:

Martin Donovan, Amanda Crew, Elias Koteas, Kyle Gallner, Virginia Madsen

Cinematography:

Adam Swica

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chloe brett

this film is the best film i have ever seen it is soo scary i was jumpinng out of my skin lol go and see it its soo good x

chloe brett

this film is the best film i have ever seen it is soo scary i was jumpinng out of my skin lol go and see it its soo good x

katherine

This film is so bad.....I hate horror films but was talked into going to see it. So i went along, and sat waiting and waiting to be scared out of my seat...It never came!!! The only time i got out of my seat was to leave after a hour of the film........So bad, waste of money....I want a refund please.....

Big Ben

for all you people who say this is rubbish you obviously are virgins, this is based on a true story which in its own right deserves respect. i enjoyed it and would advise you to see it. a real jumpy thriller in my books 8/10

Big Ben

for all you people who say this is rubbish you obviously are virgins, this is based on a true story which in its own right deserves respect. i enjoyed it and would advise you to see it. a real jumpy thriller in my books 8/10

Charlotte

I think this film was really good. I jumped a lot and was actually scared to look at some points in the film!! I was even a bit scared to turn the light off when I got home. The whole audience jumped throughout the film and was obviously enjoying it. I wold recommend this movie to ghost flick lovers. Charlotte x P.s Werent the victorians wierd!!

Charlotte

I think this film was really good. I jumped a lot and was actually scared to look at some points in the film!! I was even a bit scared to turn the light off when I got home. The whole audience jumped throughout the film and was obviously enjoying it. I wold recommend this movie to ghost flick lovers. Charlotte x P.s Werent the victorians wierd!!

Alex

This film does not even deserve rating of 2 out of 10. It is terrible. I am not sure how some people have given this film a good rating but I now wish I didn't read the reviews on this page last night before deciding to go and waste my time. This is not a chilling or horror movie. There wasn't even moments that I thought it really hit the audience. Someone on this page said that some people were laughing during the film. He was right. There was nothing chilling about this film. Well that said, it really depends on how you rate a film as horror. This certianly not a chiiling film in my book,

Dan

Unoriginal, predictable, tedious. Will make you jump, but that's it. Don't waste your money - this terrible film goes to show that Hollywood just can't do horror.

Myles

haha I thought it was mint to be honest! Looked at the name and thought 'Oh god this is gonna be crap' but no, it was amazing! I thought the story line was good and it being based on a true story made it more epic.

Myles

haha I thought it was mint to be honest! Looked at the name and thought 'Oh god this is gonna be crap' but no, it was amazing! I thought the story line was good and it being based on a true story made it more epic.

joe

didnt even finishmy slushwas staring to hard at the screen. jumpy and fun...loved it. more films like this pleaseeeeeeeeee

joe

didnt even finishmy slushwas staring to hard at the screen. jumpy and fun...loved it. more films like this pleaseeeeeeeeee

miles

i have never seen or heard so many people laugh in a horror movie -total crap of a farce and it even says its true -lolz

Michael

Seen this film tonight, it is a very good film! Scary and has a good story line gets a bit freaky toward the end but this keeps you on edge of your seat, i thought the story was original and the film was creepy from the very start, all in all an excellent film one of the best released so far this year

Michael

Seen this film tonight, it is a very good film! Scary and has a good story line gets a bit freaky toward the end but this keeps you on edge of your seat, i thought the story was original and the film was creepy from the very start, all in all an excellent film one of the best released so far this year

Gemma

This is definetly going to be the one to watch. hopefully it lives up to my expectations and im not let down! cant wait to see it.

Gemma

This is definetly going to be the one to watch. hopefully it lives up to my expectations and im not let down! cant wait to see it.

Danny

I think this movie will make the critics have mixed views on this film. The film is based on a true story following a family, whos eldest son has cancer and need to be by a hospitall at all times. They move into a new home, everything is quite settled until paranormal occorences start to tear the family apart. I havent seen this movie, but i am for sure going to see it.