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Writers (WGA):
Adam Simon (written by) &
Tim Metcalfe (written by)
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Release Date:
27 March 2009 (USA) See more »
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Some things cannot be explained. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Horror Grounded in Reality is Back, Finally! See more (194 total) »


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Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of terror and disturbing images
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92 min | 102 min (extended cut)
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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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Anachronisms: The family's station wagon shown since the beginning in the movie is newer than 1987. It's a Pontiac 6000 and the front end shows a light and grille style that was used from 1989 to 1991.See more »
Quotes:
[reciting a poem]
Matt Campbell:One bright day in the middle of the night, two dead boys got up to fight. Back to back they faced each other, drew their swords and shot each other. A deaf policeman heard the noise and came and killed those two dead boys.
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Version of A Haunting in Connecticut (2002) (TV)See more »
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Kiddie TuneSee more »

173 out of 250 people found the following review useful.
Horror Grounded in Reality is Back, Finally!, 24 March 2009
Author: steelydwill from United States

I'm sure it helped that I was in the right mood and the right atmosphere when I saw this movie at a midnight screening at South by Southwest, but The Haunting in Connecticut was a horror movie that really struck a chord with me.

I'm a longtime fan of this genre, getting acquainted with all the old classics and cult films through USA Saturday Night Horror when I was young, and continuing to see and love newer ones, such as The Ring, throughout college. However, when I go on a rant about the current state of horror movies, I tell people that today's movies make you heighten your sense of disbelief too much in order to be scared – I call it "fantasy horror." There aren't enough movies like The Exorcist anymore where it absolutely feels real, like something that has always existed but you've just been lucky enough to avoid.

I loved The Haunting in Connecticut, because it is much closer to reality horror than fantasy, and I suppose that's because it's based on a true story. It just doesn't feel like it came straight out of someone's imagination. It was the kind of movie where, not only did I find myself wondering about the true story of the Snedeker family, but when I went to sleep that night, I couldn't help pondering the history of my own home and its previous tenants. If you're the type of person who loves horror movies, I assume that's the exact creepy way you want them to resonate.

Besides the background story, one of the other reasons I think this movie worked was because of the performance of Kyle Gallner. This young man plays a much more complex (and believable) protagonist than most of the ones I've seen in horror films lately, as his character, Matt, has a very familiar (and scary in its own right) disease that makes him question whether the haunting is real, or a symptom of his sickness. I venture to say that his character could have made an interesting movie even BEFORE the paranormal activity starts, but Gallner was exceptional in this role, and I think we'll still be talking about "the boy in The Haunting in Connecticut," 10 years from now.

So for true horror movie fans, I definitely recommend checking this one out. Sometimes there's nothing wrong with a horror movie based completely in fantasyland, like Nightmare on Elm Street, but the creepiest horror usually has a dose of reality. This film will scare you, it will make you think and it will leave a lasting impression.

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