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The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Madsen ... Sara Campbell
Kyle Gallner ... Matt Campbell
Elias Koteas ... Reverend Popescu
Amanda Crew ... Wendy
Martin Donovan ... Peter Campbell
Sophi Knight ... Mary
Ty Wood ... Billy Campbell
Erik J. Berg Erik J. Berg ... Jonah (as Erik Berg)
John Bluethner John Bluethner ... Ramsey Aickman
D.W. Brown ... Dr. Brooks
John B. Lowe ... Mr. Sinclair
Adriana O'Neil ... Chemo Nurse
Will Woytowich ... Cop
James Durham James Durham ... Matt's Cell Mate
Darren Ross ... Paramedic #1
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Extrañas apariciones See more »

Filming Locations:

Teulon, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,004,765, 29 March 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$55,389,516

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,527,732
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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The movie was filmed in Teulon, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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After receiving radiation treatments, Matt should always have a reddened neck and chest. After treatment his neck shows no redness. Later we see redness when he is shirtless. See more »

Quotes

Wendy: But what about you?
Matt Campbell: I'm already dead.
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Alternate Versions

An unrated version has been released on DVD which runs 10 minutes longer than the PG-13 Theatrical Version (92mins) and also runs the same length as the version approved in the UK by the BBFC at 102mins. 98% of the changes relate on different color schemes of individual takes - partly only frame-short - as well as alternative material. The supernatural appearances are mainly in monochrome but colored in the unrated version. Many things can only be recognized in single frame mode or while watching entirely close. See more »

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5 April 2009 | by jwilkerson999See all my reviews

Open your wallet. Take out a ten dollar bill. Rip it in half. This is how I felt after watching this movie. Take my advice. DO NOT SEE IT!!!

Going in to this movie, I had decided that it was going to be cheap and predictable, but fun anyways. I am not the cynical movie critic who blasts movies on their typical themes or plot lines, but this one left me stunned. I cannot believe that the casting, screenplay, and special effects on any Hollywood movie could be so terribly amiss.

Casting. In truth, this entire movie was impossible to believe because the acting was so pathetic. The mother seemed completely out of her league, rattling off transparent lines that were shallow but were made to be serious. The possessed boy had the same constipated look on his face the entire time, but his acting was not entirely to blame. Do not even get me started on the reverend. He was absolutely ridiculous. During every single one of his lines, I started laughing.

Plot. The ghost boy, Jonah, is a medium for seances conducted by an evil man who tries to augment his power by making him throw up a liquidy substance that is said to be the power of the dead. This death vomit is intended to be frightening. So he haunts the house, along with other dead people, for a reason that is to say the least, ambiguous and abstruse. A shaky, hurried plot is matched with horrid special effects to create the ultimate farce. If you find a burn victim flashing on the screen thirty times behind a character terrifying, then this is the movie for you.

Please do not waste your money. I go to the movies a lot, and I have learned to appreciate movies with little substance that still offer entertainment. This movie was not even able to attain that stature. Save your money, go rent something better.


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