Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

As an avid Netflix member, I really appreciate those in my "Friend's List" who send out notes and reviews from a various range of movies. I tend to send notes more on horror related films because that's what interest me. However, Tina and I watch a wide range of movies, with horror being our favorite genre. The thing is, when you look at a movie in the "At A Glance" section on Netflix, you get a look at all the reviews of that movie from NF members. It really helps me understand just how many opinions and differences there are in the minds of the average movie watcher. Some love this movie and others hate it and yet others are somewhere in the middle.

In my opinion, this movie has a lot to offer in the ghost/haunted house genre. After we watched the movie, we watched all the interviews from the actual family members, neighbors, and paranormal investigator's who lived through this ordeal. Over all the movie was fairly close to the actual events. Of course Hollywood is going to sensationalize the events, but generally it seemed close to the "true" events. The acting in this movie was good with Virginia Madsen and Kyle Gallner doing quality work. The characters were believable even it you don't believe in the actual events. I for one do believe that there are forces (demonic) all around us and things like this could happen. The movie itself was very creepy and has a fair amount of tension in it (which I love). As the synopsis below states, the family moves to a house in Connecticut to be closer to the hospital their oldest son needs for his cancer treatments. It doesn't take long before bizarre things to begin to happen. Since the home was a former mortuary the dead's spirits have not left. The haunting of the family begins in earnest and all members of the family are touched by the spirits. Watching the interviews in the special features really showed just how freaked out these people really were. While there are skeptics (neighbors) interviewed who didn't believe, I tend to be a believer. There would be not point or anything to gain from making up such a story, at least not at the time. I don't know if the family received compensation from the books or movies. In the haunted house genre, this movie is well worth a watch. Check out the trailer below and give this movie a shot!

In this supernatural thriller, the Campbell family's move to Connecticut takes a mysteriously dark turn when a series of shocking paranormal events reveals that their inviting new home is a former mortuary with a sordid past. Based on a true story, this terrifying tale stars Virginia Madsen and Martin Donovan as the well-meaning Campbell parents, Kyle Gallner as their cancer-stricken son and Elias Koteas as the enigmatic Rev. Nicholas Popescu.

PG13: For some intense sequences of terror and disturbing images.

102 minutes
Peter Cornwell

Elias Koteas
Virginia Madsen
Amanda Crew
Kyle Gallner
Martin Donovan
D.W. Brown
John B. Lowe
Sarah Constible
Ty Wood
Adriana O'Neil
Matt Kippen

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