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The Haunting in Connecticut

The Haunting in Connecticut

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In Theatres: 
Mar 27, 2009
Grade:
B-
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 32 Minutes

This film is not based on a true story. It is based on the true story. It depicts the mysterious events that happened to the Snedeker family in the 1980's. Of course, their names have been changed for the film...

Sara and Peter Campbell are doing their best to care for their son, Matt who has cancer. Because his treatment hospital is so far from where they live, they decide to rent a house closer to the facility to make things easier on Matt. Little do they know, that the house has a disturbing past filled with death and tormented souls looking to escape.

At first, these paranormal events were thought to be hallucinations caused by the radical Cancer treatment but soon the entire family becomes aware. Upon further investigation, Sara brings in a local priest to cleanse the house, but is the family too late to stop the horrors that happen?

With today's horror films taking a more blood and guts approach to scaring the audience, it's good to see some traditional scare tactics in The Haunting in Connecticut. The film relies on short, quick, and unexpected glimpses of the 'ghosts' to get a reaction. For once, I was actually interested in the story, rather than what was being shown on screen. Because it's based on supposedly true events, it makes you want to investigate further into what happened. It brings a sense of reality to what you see on the screen.

To tell you the truth, the film isn't that scary. Everything that occurs can be expected and is in short bursts so by the time you realize what's happening, it's over. That's not saying it is bad because the story is more interesting than most horror films. Kyle Gallner as Matt does an excellent job. At times he looks possessed and psychotic and you wonder what he is going to do next. He really carries the film.

I would definitely recommend seeing this in theaters as the sound highly contributes to the overall experience. If you're looking for a good scare, than this might not be it (unless you scare easily) but if you want a decent paranormal film, then yes, it is worth the price of admission.

Matt Rodriguez
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