The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) Movie Review
Released : March 9th, 2009
Reviewed : Sept. 27th, 2013
Genre : Horror
Story (from IMDB) :
After a family is forced to relocate for their son’s health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, which turns out to be a former mortuary.
WARNING : MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!
Well this was a disappointment. Easiest way to say it.
The story follows the Campbell family who moves into a new house that is located closer to their sons hospital for his cancer treatment. Soon though they discover that the old use to be a mortuary and the son soon starts seeing things from older times. They also try adding a back story into it involving a small boy and a sadistic man who carves words into the humans flesh and tears off their eyelids. Unfortunately though I never found myself intrigued by the story at all. The flashbacks were sometimes too often and the quick cuts sometimes it hard to watch them. I can’t even start to explain all the plot holes though.
What really made me worry though is how they handle the ghosts. The image of the ghosts themselves is cool and creepy enough. When they introduce the fact during the film that the reason that only the son can see the ghosts and images along with a paranormal investigator is that they are close to death. If you are fully healthy then you see nothing. Now all that is thrown out towards the end when everyone starts seeing the ghosts. No explaination as to why all of a sudden the “rules” of this film changed. I should note that within the first ten minutes of the film though they do start off the haunting scenes.
Character wise I didn’t like or care about any of them all a single bit. Kyle Gallner who plays Matt Campbell looks sad the entire movie. Other than looking on the brink of tears he has no emotion. I’d talk about all the other characters but it can be summed up like this : 2 scared kids, drunk dad, bland mom, worried aunt.
Overall other than some interesting looking ghosts I can’t recommend this too much. A horrible story with plot holes galore, unlikeable characters, and a uneven pace there are just so many better ghost movies to check out.