The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) is an American psychological thriller horror movie that was filmed in Canada. Director Peter Cornwell did a good job considering this is his first real movie to direct. He has done a few short films but nothing compared to The Haunting in Connecticut. The movie is supposedly about author Ray Garton‘s book In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting (1992). The book is based on the haunting of Carmen Snedeker and her family after they moved into a home that is haunted. The Haunting in Connecticut contains many frightening scenes that may make you jump.
The Haunting in Connecticut is about Matt (Kyle Gallner - Beautiful Creatures (2013), Jennifer’s Body (2009), A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)) undergoing painful cancer treatments in 1987, and his family moving into a new Victorian home to make the hospital trips easier. Sara Campbell (Virginia Madsen - Candyman (1992), The Number 23 (2007), Sideways (2004)) found a rental home closer to the hospital and decides to rent the home immediately. The landlord told her if she rents it immediately; she can have the first month rent free. Sarah and Matt stayed the night at the home because Matt was in too much pain for a long drive back to their home. Sara’s recovering alcoholic husband Peter (Martin Donovan - The Sentinel (2006), Unthinkable (2010), Insomnia (2002)) brought Matt’s brother Billy (Ty Wood - The Big White (2005), Maneater (2007), The Lazarus Project (2008)) and his cousins Wendy (Amanda Crew - She’s the Man (2006), Charlie St. Cloud (2010), Sex Drive (2008)) and Mary (Sophi Knight - Afterwards (2008), Walled In (2009), Miranda & Gordon (2008)) to their new home.
Matt chooses the basement for his room, he started having visions on the first day of an old man with symbols carved into people’s skin. Peter discovers that the house they are now living in was once a funeral home, and the mysterious room in the basement was the mortuary. Matt confesses to Reverend Nicholas Popescu (Elias Koteas - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Shutter Island (2010), The Thin Red Line (1998)) that he has been having strange visions. After a series of events, Matt found a burned figure in his room after Reverend Nicholas told him to ask what the spirits want. Watch the movie to see what happens to Matt and his family. Who will survive this haunted house? Who is the landlord and what is his real purpose in this movie?
Everyone gave an excellent performance on this reality based movie. The movie definitely made me think about the history of the home I live in, who the people were and if anyone died in my home. The scare factor was there and did it for me. I was sitting on the edge of my seat at various times during the movie. The movie is too slow for my likings but it is overall a nice scary movie to watch that is not made up by someone’s imagination. There is comedy relief in the movie that adds a nice touch. The set was just right, and I would recommend horror fans to watch this movie. There is some cliche in the movie, but it is the directors first time directing a movie that is not a short film.
Starring: Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan, Kyle Gallner, Will Woytowich, Darren Ross, John B. Lowe, Nicholas Podbrey, Jeny Cassady, Ty Wood, Jessica Burleson, Amanda Crew, Sophi Knight, Erik J. Berg, John Bluethner, D.W. Brown, Adriana O'Neil, James Durham, Sarah Constible, Blake Taylor, Keith James, Kelly Wolfman, Matt Kippen
Director: Peter Cornwell
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