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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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Peter Cornwell
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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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Trivia

Based on the story featured in the Discovery Channel documentary "A Haunting in Connecticut". See more »

Goofs

When the family is huddled on the bed, you can see reflections in the brass rails. (There is no fireplace lit [fire reflection] and no ghosts are present at that time.) See more »

Quotes

Sara Campbell: [sobbing while praying] No, you can't have him! You can't take my son!
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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 »

Connections

Followed by The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013) See more »

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Written by Tom Elkins
Performed by Tom Elkins
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Haunting in Connecticut keeps Casper in Wyoming
27 March 2009 | by MovieZooSee all my reviews

I really did hesitate to see this movie because I had not seen many that have interested me since the days of Poltergeist - one exception being The Exorcism of Emily Rose. I loved both despite the obvious difference in style.

I found The Haunting In Connecticut disturbingly fun. It definitely had its own style which at times made me wonder when the signs of it bombing were going to appear. I think that was part of why I enjoyed it because it never did disappoint me. This mixture of reality and the supernatural kept me on the edge of my seat. Was it the trauma of cancer causing so much grief for this family or the chilling(yet burning), hidden secrets of the dead in this funeral home that kept expectations from settling on one aspect or the other? The fact is both were enough to draw attention away from the other while we try to make our own conclusions.

An innocent, everyday family deals with the possible, yet probable death of young Matt, who at times suffers excruciatingly from dealing with the unknown and death that he is convinced is his destiny. Squeezed between what is and may be real was enough, but then deal with the likes of a stranger who claims to be a reverend...c'mon, this is classic stuff. You can't take all this in without suffering a little, especially when the family itself starts to fall apart when they need to stick together.

While there are some questions that may not be answered, the story itself was more than satisfying. Special effects were kept to a minimum but used effectively and when needed. Acting was not Oscar worthy but good enough to make it all seem real. Fun when you want it and scary when you need it.

It's definitely a 7/10


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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 2009 (USA) See more »

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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

Gross USA:

$55,389,516

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$99,279,998
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2.35 : 1
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