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  • Summary: The Haunting in Connecticut charts one family's terrifying, real-life 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, unspeakable terror awaits when Jonah, the boy who communicated with the dead, returns to unleash a new kind of horror on the innocent and unsuspecting family. (Lionsgate) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 23
  2. Negative: 11 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    63
    Sinks or swims with the actors. Gallner makes a very convincing boy-about-to-die; Madsen is his properly stricken mom; and Donovan, an under-used leading man, plays the stressed, guilt-ridden dad well.
  2. Don't misunderstand: the proceedings are pretty silly, and the scares were a lot fresher back in 1979, when we first saw "The Amityville Horror." But Cornwell and his cast take things just seriously enough to keep us at least intermittently on edge.
  3. The movie bumps along from low-grade scare to scare, and it's not lousy, mainly because Virginia Madsen prevents it from being so.
  4. It loses steam once the wraiths become fully visible: they're just not scary enough.
  5. Reviewed by: Jason Buchanan
    38
    A film that pays lip service to some interesting ideas, but is far too concerned with pleasing a large crowd to be anything more than another instantly forgettable fright flick.
  6. 33
    As a piece of storytelling, The Haunting In Connecticut is pretty lazy. As a horror movie, it’s lazier still, bringing out every annoying shock-cut and disorienting sound-design trick of the last decade.
  7. 11
    Koteas' overearnest performance almost makes The Haunting in Connecticut worth a look, but ultimately even the star of Cronenberg's "Crash" can't salvage what is essentially a substandard rip-off of "The Amityville Horror."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 26
  2. Negative: 7 out of 26
  1. Nov 3, 2011
    10
    I admit, this was a really good movie. I did jump and scream a few times. It does deliver thrills, chills and scares. I'd definitely recommend this movie. Expand
  2. Dec 20, 2012
    8
    The Haunting in Connecticut is a 2009 horror film directed by Peter Cornewell and inspired by the real events. The plot tells the story of Matt Campbell, being a cancer patient, is forced to move to a location that is close to the hospital in Connecticut. Arriving at the house Matt realizes that there are presences but that only he can see. The film is a great underrated horror where there is an air of anxiety thanks to the excellent actors and scenes of fear that never exaggerate. Expand
  3. Dec 28, 2010
    5
    i like haunted house films but this one loses alot of points for going all hollywood and not sticking to what was said to have happend by the family. ive seen the documenty on discovery channel before i seen this film they went way off course in the last half of the film. as a horror film its so so but i cant give alot of praise to some thing that abandons its source material. Expand
  4. Sep 28, 2012
    5
    I thought the acting was pretty decent and as such, I feel quite bad rating it 5/10, but for me, this was one of those films that you forget after it's finished. I think the reason behind it being so forgettable is pretty simple: the film relied almost 100% on jump scares and so once you've scared the crap out of the person sitting next to you by unexpectedly jumping out of your seat and perhaps needing a quick underwear change, you pretty much instantly forget that moment where something big and scary was loudly thrust into your face. A phrase that could quite easily be misinterpreted...anyway! On the whole, it was okay. Although it was, in a way, pretty inevitable I did find the ending quite disappointing. This film was in no way subtle or clever enough to really scare me and stick in my mind, hence the fairly low score. But it was relatively entertaining, it wasn't a monumental waste of time and it would be a fairly decent choice with a few friends over. Expand
  5. Jul 19, 2013
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The haunting in connecticut has a good plot and starts with a good idea. It has great atmosphere and it is dark which is a good thing for a horror film. Also it is good for horror films to scare a thing that this movie doesn't. It is annoying and boring and there is not actually a perk of watching that film. It is lame and uninteresting as the plot goes. It would be great if someone at least would die or even explain the movie better. Nothing happens and that is bad as the trailer shows good stuff. Expand
  6. Feb 17, 2014
    4
    The Haunting in Connecticut is just more "people-move-into-haunted-house-hear-weird-noises" genre fare that offers nothing more than what we already know, and is completely predictable from start to finish. The movie is not special nor original, it's just kind of "there". Expand
  7. May 25, 2013
    2
    Same cliché as Amityville story, and calling it a true story is insultingly stupid. The whole thing feels like a boring B-movie, with cheap "jump scares". Honestly I was not scared or intimidated for a second. which is a sign of a very bad horror-haunted house movie. Overall the same haunted house movie you have seen 100 times already. Not recommended. Expand

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