The Haunting in Connecticut
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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Haunting in Connecticut can be found here.

The Campbell family—father Peter (Martin Donovan), mother Sara (Virginia Madsen), daughter Wendy (Amanda Crew), and son Matt (Kyle Gallner)—rent a house in upstate Connecticut in order to be close to the clinic where Matt is receiving treatment for cancer. Unfortunately, the house was a former mortuary with a dark past.

The Haunting in Connecticut is based on In a Dark Place:The Story of a True Haunting (1992), co-authored by horror writer Ray Garton, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, and Al and Carmen Snedeker. The story was brought to the screen by writers Adam Simon and Tim Metcalfe. The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia was released in February 2013.

The movie is based on reports of paranormal activities that the Snedeker family experienced in their Southington, Connecticut house in the 1980s and on reports from the Warrens who investigated the house. There have since been numerous claims of inconsistencies in the reports, but it is not within the scope of an IMDb FAQ entry to credit or discredit either the reports or the claims. Ray Garton, author of In a Dark Place:The Story of a True Haunting, has since said that he made up many of the details at the insistence of Ed Warren. Other independent investigators have found many reasons to doubt the truth of the claims made, and those who lived in the house before and after the Snedekers reported nothing unusual.

It is ectoplasm, defined in the movie as "a mysterious protoplasmic substance streaming out of the bodies of mediums."

Matt awakens with marks all over his body. Sara races him to the hospital, where the doctor says Matt doesn't have long to live. Meanwhile, Reverend Popescu (Elias Koteas) realizes that he's made a terrible mistake about the eyelids. Aickman didn't remove the lids to make the dead see but to make them unseen. Jonah (Erik J. Berg) was trying to help them. However, now that Jonah's remains have been removed from the house, only the dead remain, and they're angry. One of them attacks Wendy while she's taking a shower. Matt escapes out the window of his hospital room and returns to the house. He grabs an axe, locks Wendy and the kids out of the house, and starts chopping down the walls. Dozens and dozens of stacked bodies begin pouring out. He then sets the house on fire. The spirits of the bodies begin appearing, and they all lay their hands on Matt. Sara, Peter, and the police arrive at the house as it goes up in flames. Sara hears Matt's screams and finds him lying on the floor. With fire all around them and more bodies falling from the ceiling, Sara pulls Matt under a table for refuge. Matt collapses in her arms. The police break a hole in the wall and help Matt and Sara outside. Paramedics work on reviving Matt while the Reverend stands by praying. Suddenly, Matt draws a breath and sits up. The Rev and Jonah look each other in the eyes. As the house continues to burn and ashes can be seen flowing out of it, Sara is heard in a voiceover, saying,

I don't really care if anybody believes me or not. I know what happened, doctors and nurses know, my family knows, and my son is alive and well. That's all that matters. They say that God works in mysterious ways. They just don't tell you how mysterious those ways can be. Consider yourself warned.
Just before the credits roll, there is an epilogue that reads:

Matt Campbell's cancer disappeared and he made a full recovery. The Aickman house has been rebuilt, restored, and resold. No subsequent occupants have complained of any disturbing manifestations.

To put it simply, most of the differences result from a simple change of the black & white footage: in the unrated version most of these scenes are in color. But there are also some extended scenes and sometimes alternative shots were used but this Unrated version isn't that spectacular at all. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.


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