Now here’s a decent horror movie, although I think that the whole haunting sub-genre has been over-exploited for quite some time. The Haunting in Connecticut is mainstream horror, so do not expect nudity, extreme blood and gore, but you can expect lots of moments that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Great production values, and awesome special effect (fucking ectoplasm man, they did that part so realistically). So just relax, dim the lights and be prepared for lots of jumpy scenes and scary people. Actually, they may have been too many jumpy scenes. Starring Virginia Madsen and Kyle Gallner, the acting was pretty solid with Elias Koteas (Cyborg 2, The Prophecy, Crash) stealing the show as Reverend Popescu. The main story here is as predictable as it gets, but because of those jumpy scenes and skill of the crew, you sort of go along with it. Yes, we all know what’s going to happen, but how and when it’s going to happen are also important and interesting questions.

The Haunting in Connecticut [2009] Movie Review Recommendation PosterIt is the year of our Lord Satan 1987 and the Campbells are going through one of the most difficult periods in their lives. Peter and Sara are constantly driving their son Matthew to the hospital for treatments. He has cancer and the travel is taking the toll on the whole family. They decide to move closer to the hospital and oddly enough, just as they were driving away from it, they notice a sign For Rent. However, when strange things start happening in the house they will forced to seek help.

Supposedly it’s based on a true story, but as always that should be taken with some skepticism. Personally, I do not believe in any of that crap, but this movie still kept me pretty alert. This is actually one of Ed and Lorraine Warren’s cases. They were famous ghost hunters and one of the first to officially register a research company aimed at solving strange cases involving paranormal. They worked over 10.000 cases and many of them have been made into movies, Amityville being the most famous one. In the end, if you’re in the mood for one of those standard issue horror movies with great effects and intense atmosphere, check out this movie, you won’t be disappointed.

PS. I will never forgive them Amanda Crew in the scene in the bathroom…

Director: Peter Cornwell

Cast: Virginia Madsen, Kyle Gallner, Elias Koteas, Martin Donovan, Sophi Knight

Fun Facts: In the original story, the one trapped in the bathroom curtain is Sara and not Wendy.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0492044/

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