The Haunting in Connecticut

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The Haunting in Connecticut
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.

By: Tom Huddleston

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Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday March 27 2009
Duration: 102 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Peter Cornwell
Screenwriter: Adam Simon, Tim Metcalfe
Cast: Virginia Madsen
Kyle Gallner
Elias Koteas
Amanda Crew
Martin Donovan

Average User Rating

4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:16
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:4
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Based on a supposedly true story (although there are theories that the ghost-busting husband-wife team the Warrens advised on making it all up), this film has promise with its slow, post-mortem photography montage intro. Unfortunately it descends into a poorly scripted and poorly acted display ('concentrating face in a library while doing research'; 'crying face while jamming with a guitar before smashing it out of frustration'; 'randomly deciding to try a sit-up while in acute pain from cancer treatment' - the list of poor direction goes on). The special effects are laughable - the highlight being one actor's hand sinking into a wall that crumbles into maggoty layers like a rotten birthday cake. 


Avoid this film - it really isn't worth it even as a hungover Sunday afternoon diversion.


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


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


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.....


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


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


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!!


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!!


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,


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.