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

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£1,127,679 (UK) (27 March 2009)

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$55,325,526 (USA) (8 May 2009)
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Although the film states that the house was destroyed in a fire and rebuilt, there was never a fire and the original house still stands today. See more »

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When Wendy sends the kids to play hide-and-seek and Mary goes up to the attic, she leaves the door at the foot of the stairs open. When Mary falls through the floor and screams, Wendy runs to the attic and yanks open the door, which was closed before. However, due to the strong spectral forces residing in the house, the ghosts could have possibly closed the door. We know this because later on in the movie it is shown being done (doors opening and closing). See more »

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Reverend Popescu: [before the house is burning down] Fire release spirits.
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In the Borderline of Two Worlds
26 July 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Matt Campbell (Kyle Gallner) has a terminal cancer and is submitted to an experimental treatment in the St. Michael's Hospital Goatswood in Connecticut. The responsible for the trial, Dr. Brooks (D.W. Brown), advises that if Matt starts seeing things, he should drop the experiment. His religious mother Sara (Virginia Madsen) drives almost eight hours with her son since he has nausea and needs to vomit during the travel. She proposes her husband Peter (Martin Donovan), who had trouble with booze, to rent a house in Connecticut to be close to the hospital despite their second mortgage. Sara finds an old house with an affordable price and she questions the catch to the owner and he explains that the house has a history, since it was a funeral home in the past. Sara hides the truth from Peter and the family moves to the house. While in the treatment, Matt befriends Reverend Popescu (Elias Koteas), who has also cancer. When Matt has weird visions and nightmares from the past, he calls Popescu that tells him that an evil entity is trapped in the house and they are able to see him because they are in the borderline of the worlds of the living and the dead.

"The Haunting in Connecticut" is an above average movie of haunted house since it blends a very well developed family drama with spooky scenes of a ghost story. There are many realist situations like the bad financial situation of the Campbells that are usually forgotten in American movies. Further, there is a beautiful message of faith, and Sara truly believes that God works in a mysterious way. The drinking problem of Peter and how it affected the relationship with Sara is just glanced and could be better explored. I do not like the sensationalism that highlights on the cover of the DVD that the story is based on a true event since this movie is better than that. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Evocando Espíritos" ("Evoking Spirits")


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