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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

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

Gross USA:

$55,389,516

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The "One bright day in the middle of the night" poem comes from a tradition in British and Scottish Folklore and has no real author as such. It's considered more as a moral exercise (a "Lying Song") in the tradition of the Miracle Plays than as true nonsense verse. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[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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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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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Zac Efron/Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2009) See more »

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Feetsball Fun
Composed by Hal Beckett (as Hal Foxton Beckett)
Performed by Hal Beckett (as Hal Foxton Beckett)
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Zero-Sum
30 March 2009 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Math has always haunted me, and the recent Nick Cage Knowing reminds me how little numerology can help a moribund script. But this I do know: Both Knowing and The Haunting in Connecticut are zero sums, worthless scary flicks deserving to be buried in the graveyard between Oscar and summer.

The Haunting in Connecticut warns from the titles it is based on "the true story" of a family moving into a former Connecticut mortuary where apparently all the bodies were not buried and may need to be because they drive this family to the grave, so to speak. Specifically it is based very loosely on Al and Carmen Snedeker's experiences in Southington, Connecticut.

Virginia Madsen, an Oscar nominee who should pick better roles lest she become wealthy like Cage by feeding off deadly scripts, plays mother Sara Campbell moving her brood to the former mortuary to be near the hospital for cancer patient son, Matt (Kyle Gallner). Because Matt is close to death, he can be close to ghosts in the house who play the standard games of darting in and out of frame accompanied by ghoulish music of the most familiar kind.

Ed and Lorraine Warren were investigators as well for the Amityville Horror, so the story lines have a familiar ring. Contrast this story with the better-done family haunting in Poltergeist and The Shining and you have a good idea why Haunting in Connecticut makes you wonder you didn't wait until the next life to view this dross, a time when you will have all the time to look at junk and appreciate how the writers could have been so spot on about the horror of the next life.

Haunting is filled with tired clichés, quick cuts to make MTV envious, and an amusingly confusing plot—all a testament to the brilliance of 28 Days Later and the durability of The Exorcist. I'll wait, thank you, to be haunted again by those estimable ghosts of movies that live forever.

But not in Connecticut.


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