Review: The Haunting in Connecticut 2009
I was utterly shocked to see how badly-received, was this FAVOURITE of mine! Not that it changes anything, “The Haunting in Connecticut” will always hold a special place in my heart. I thoroughly enjoyed this film, I can’t even really see where it deserves such poor reviews… Keeping in mind that this is a “PG-13 style” horror film, I really think it outdoes itself a few times over; those complaining that it’s “not scary” would do well to remember its rating. I can agree that this movie utilizes many standard horror cliches, such as the old funeral home setting, and maybe too many jump-scares… however, I have always felt strongly that all of that was intentional for the style of the film. The main story of this film is creative and compelling and the story behind the story is creepy and offers more in the way of scares and shock than a typical “PG-13” horror movie.
“The Haunting in Connecticut” centers around a family already in the wake of a crisis, Sara and Peter Campbell are facing a parent’s worst nightmare, their eldest son, Matt, has cancer and things aren’t looking good. To be nearer to his doctors, the family moves to an old house in Connecticut, but before long it becomes clear than they are far from “alone” in this house. Along with his cousin, Matt does some exploring and, among other disturbing things, they find old photographs depicting seances held long ago in the house. The photos only further confirm to Matt that their house is haunted, as he has been plagued with frightening visions and dreams containing people shown in the pictures. Now it’s up to Matt to figure out the truth and figure out what to do about it before it’s too late..for him and for his family.
Despite an ocean of poor reviews, I would still recommend this film, with the understanding that viewers must keep in mind that, though this movie may feel like a true horror film that, perhaps, ultimately “falls short”, because it was actually intended for a younger audience, it actually truly does “outdo itself” in terms of subject matter and fear factor.