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A Haunting in Connecticut: What Really Happened?

24 March 2009 11:55 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

By now, we've all seen the trailers of creepy shadow people, a boy with strange writing all over his body, and women screaming when the shower curtain attacks them. All this, and more, is the movie The Haunting in Connecticut, and to top it off, there's that ubiquitous tag: "Based on a true story." But just how much of what is depicted in the movie is true? Who was the family, and what really happened in that house? The answers to those questions are complicated and, much like other "true" stories, mired in controversy.

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In 1986 Carmen and Al Snedeker moved to the small town of Southington, Connecticut, with the purpose of being closer to the hospital at which their oldest son was being treated for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Having fallen on hard financial times, the family jumped at the chance to rent what appeared to be the perfect house. »

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Exclusive: Investigating The Haunting In Connecticut—Part One

19 March 2009 12:52 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Some houses carry memories, and as Fango is ushered onto the set of Lionsgate’s long-anticipated, fact-based ghost story The Haunting In Connecticut (opening March 27), it’s clear that this house is one of them. The scene today is an intense exchange between actors Virginia Madsen (returning to the horror genre over a decade after Candyman and The Prophecy) and Kyle Gallner (recently seen in Red) as mother and son, in the aftermath of a paranormal visitation.

Wooden chairs are piled from floor to ceiling in an unnatural configuration, the way a building destroyed by a tornado takes on an unrecognizable, abstract shape. Hidden behind this mound of furniture is the retreating body of teenaged Matt Campbell (Gallner), sweating, shivering and grasping onto a wall marred with bloody scratches. His mother Sara (Madsen) approaches him with a mix of trepidation and concern, as unnerved by the sight of her hysterical son as we are. »

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