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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. DavidD
    Jul 16, 2009
    9
    I went into this expecting The Exorcism of Emily Rose part 2, in other words just utter crap, but this was a really good horror movie. As far as horror movies that make it to theatres in North America this was one of the scarier ones. It's creepy as hell and the acting and plot is good enough to make you buy in to the whole mess. If you like horror movies first off you know to ignore what critics say, and just look past the crappy title and cover art and watch it. definitely worth it. Expand
  3. ShaunP.
    Mar 30, 2009
    8
    Alright. So this isn't a classic. It isn't a shining example of film as an art form. It isn't much of anything other than a scary movie. And on that level, it delivers the shocks and scares better than any of the horror movies I've seen in the theatre in the last year. Sure, anyone familiar with horror film tropes will experience a distinct sense of deja vu, and anyone who's seen The Amityville Horror, with which this movie's inspiration shares many real-world connections, will connect the dots between that movie's plot and this one's, but Haunting manages to bring the scares without being a remake of something done in America in the 80's or in Japan in the 90's. Surely that counts for something. Expand
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Dec 5, 2010
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. At its core, Connecticut is a fairly warm, heart-rending family movie frequently disguised as a low-grade horror movie of shoddy writing and cheap thrills. Expand
  7. AaronS
    Mar 27, 2009
    0
    This movie was awful. It was just a string of nonsense connecting jumpscares, which were too frequent and unimpressive. It also had one of my most hated plot devices, an old spiritual person who meets the main character in the middle of the movie and seems to know everything about everything. The movie follows its own internal logic to a degree until it's time to throw in the twist, at which point all of that gets thrown out the window. Unsurprisingly, the elder expert who was completely wrong about everything up to this point as it turns out suddenly knows... exactly what's going on! Skip it. Expand

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