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The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 27 March 2009 (USA)
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After a family is forced to relocate for their son's health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, and uncover a sinister history.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Madsen ... Sara Campbell
Kyle Gallner ... Matt Campbell
Elias Koteas ... Reverend Popescu
Amanda Crew ... Wendy
Martin Donovan ... Peter Campbell
Sophi Knight ... Mary
Ty Wood ... Billy Campbell
Erik J. Berg Erik J. Berg ... Jonah (as Erik Berg)
John Bluethner John Bluethner ... Ramsey Aickman
D.W. Brown ... Dr. Brooks
John B. Lowe ... Mr. Sinclair
Adriana O'Neil ... Chemo Nurse
Will Woytowich ... Cop
James Durham James Durham ... Matt's Cell Mate
Darren Ross ... Paramedic #1
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Storyline

Charts one family's encounter with the dark forces of the supernatural. When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history: not only was the house a transformed funeral parlor where inconceivable acts occurred, but the owner's clairvoyant son Jonah served as a demonic messenger, providing a gateway for spiritual entities to crossover. Now terror awaits when Jonah, the boy who communicated with the dead, returns to unleash horror on the innocent and unsuspecting family. Written by Lionsgate

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of terror and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Extrañas apariciones See more »

Filming Locations:

Teulon, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,004,765, 29 March 2009

Gross USA:

$55,389,516

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$99,279,998
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The movie was filmed in Teulon, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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After Matt escapes the hospital and returns home, Wendy tells Mary to play hide and seek. After Mary runs away to hide Matt finds Wendy and Billy then forces them out of the house. Matt then sets the house on fire. When the parents, reverend, and police show up neither Wendy, nor Billy, mention that Mary is still in the burning house. Not even after the firemen show up to put out the fire does anybody mention Mary. The mother goes in the house to save Matt and is then rescued by the firemen. After Matt and his mother are rescued from the fire nobody mentions Mary. Mary is not seen, or mentioned, after she is told to play hide and seek. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Popescu: [before the house is burning down] Fire release spirits.
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Alternate Versions

An unrated version has been released on DVD which runs 10 minutes longer than the PG-13 Theatrical Version (92mins) and also runs the same length as the version approved in the UK by the BBFC at 102mins. 98% of the changes relate on different color schemes of individual takes - partly only frame-short - as well as alternative material. The supernatural appearances are mainly in monochrome but colored in the unrated version. Many things can only be recognized in single frame mode or while watching entirely close. See more »

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References Suspiria (1977) See more »

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Feetsball Fun
Composed by Hal Beckett (as Hal Foxton Beckett)
Performed by Hal Beckett (as Hal Foxton Beckett)
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Predictably clichéd. But, surprisingly well made.
23 May 2010 | by GirishGowdaSee all my reviews

Sara Campbell (Virginia Madsen) and her husband, Peter Campbell (Martin Donovan) decide to move to Connecticut when the long journey for the treatment of cancer to her son, Matt Campbell (Kyle Gallner) is taking a huge toll on his body. The 5 children and her move into a cheap rental home, but it is quite huge. The father stays back at his job and only comes to Connecticut at weekends. The house has a history behind it. It was actually a mortuary in the 1920's, where Ramsey Aickman was famous for his seances which were attended by Harvard professors and all kinds of big shots. He had an assistant Jonah, who was a kid, and he was a medium who could amplify the nature of these seances. During one of their seances, all the sitters around the seance were killed, except Jonah who was never found again. But now Jonah is haunting Matt and things start to get weirder as the days go by.

This film is 'based on a true story'. How many times have we seen a horror movie which proclaims itself to be based on true events? Most of the times its just a cheap trick to make more money. So, I had decided long back never to watch a horror movie by thinking that it was actually a true event. This film is clichéd and sort predictable upto a point. Do we have a kid who can see ghosts? Check. Do we have parents who think he is hallucinating? Check. Some cute adorable children? Check. A haunting history to the place? Check. A guy of faith to help them in their time of need? Check. A friend who will believe Matt? Check. Cats or other animals possessed? No. Surprising, isn't it? Possessed animals are quite a hit among horror movie directors. Anyway, the thing which makes the movie a believable true story is the ending in which Sara says her son is fine and has no cancer now. That would be a kind of proof that this was a true story.

Even with all of the clichés, this is a very well made movie which is worth a watch. The real high point of the movie is Kyle Gallner who gives a haunting performance as Matt, the cancer kid who can see the dead. We can see the subtle change in him when he is kind of possessed by the ghost, in the scene where he makes his little brother sleep on a metal table used for autopsies in the funeral room and spins the boy round and round and the look on Matt's face was extremely creepy. He is truly an amazing actor and looks frightening throughout the movie. Virginia Madsen needs no special mention, we all know that she was an Oscar nominee and a good actress. She pulls in the necessary requirement of the character. Elias Koteas as Reverend Popescu didn't do enough justice to the role. That's just my opinion. The father character played by Martin Donovan did a good job, except in the drunk scene, where it really didn't add anything to the story. The graphics are quite cool and it is very stylistically shot which makes it quite a good horror movie. The editing is slick and the ghost scenes look really cool. There are no false jump scares and the background score is well done.

7/10


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