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Horror Film Reviews: The Haunting In Connecticut

Updated on July 4, 2011

The Haunting In Connecticut

Haunting in connecticut. the picture is supposed to be the ghosts ectoplasm, but it sorta looks like a turd.
Haunting in connecticut. the picture is supposed to be the ghosts ectoplasm, but it sorta looks like a turd.

Based On True Events - The Haunting In Connecticut

Whenever a film begins with the claim that it was based on true events, I always take notice, for some reason if it seems real or fact based then the more exciting the film could potentially be, whether they are actual true events that happened for real is one that is up for debate, but however this was an enjoyable haunted film, much like the first two Amityville movies were you know dark things happened in a house and there are angry spirits about.

The story really starts when the main character who is suffering from cancer and he has to make regular visits to the hospital, so his mum has to find a property that is near to the hospital for his regular chemotherapy treatment and so the first property they settle on is of course a haunted house and after a short period of time he sees stuff, that others brush off as hallucinations because of his treatment, but it's not!

I like the way the story unfolds and the history of the house is revealed, through the seances that take place in some of the story flash backs, as with any haunted house type of film though, I find it hard to believe that the characters stay after the events that they witness, I mean the kid who has a bedroom in the basement has an extra room adjoined to his room, which is dark at first and is locked...there is seriously no way I would sleep down there with that room in the corner hiding all of the dark shadows and haunted goings on.

Obviously because this is based on a true story, you need to separate fact from fiction to assemble the real fear that someone must have really gone through, but this is apparent through the directors vision of the material as there are some small jumps and scares like any ghostly film, the tension is sort of comparable to Amityville 2 The Possession, as there is some aspects that apply to the central character who freaks everyone else out within the family who live in the house.

The ending brings a solid conclusion to the story and happy endings all round as the ghosts are laid to rest in typical hollywood style, but there is sort of an open endedness about the whole story, as it explained certain elements, but left out some small details, but overall it was a better film than I thought it would be and it was all played out in a nervous atmosphere, which made it compelling to watch.

Some of the story flashbacks seemed a little unsettling, especially the dude with a beard overseeing the ghostly seance and the ghosts ectoplasm emerging from the boys mug and especially the corpse preparation to induce the spirits.

So to summarize the story, it was good and went at a pace that was comfortable and things seemed like they were resolved, although it felt like there was something missing, it did deliver a good amount of atmospheric scares and spookiness, so it wasn't that bad at all.

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers, yes they do tend to dilute the stories some what when they try and translate a supposed true story to film and leav some good stuff out!

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      GhostChaser 8 years ago from PA/NJ

      They should have stuck to the real story. It was much scarier then the peeps in the walls. Trust me, I know someone who was on this case.

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Wesley!

      I enjoyed this film immensely and I hope to review more horror films very soon!!

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      wesleycox 8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      I watched this film with my wife when I was home on leave, and we both enjoyed it. It scared her more than it scared me but in the end I was the one with my feet off the floor. A great film to see, and a nicely done review of it.

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yeah it's in that same spirit of them type of films, so I'm sure you'll enjoy it DameScribe!

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      Dame Scribe 8 years ago from Canada

      I was curious about this movie and will have to check it out now, as I have been a Ammityville horror fan, lol. :)

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks for your comments Nancy & Robert!

      I've been getting into watching more horror films lately as I just renewed a membership at Blockbusters, and they have a current offer of 4 films for 4 nights for £10, so I've taken them up on their offer and watched nearly every film they have and plus for every two new releases you get 1 free family film.

      This film was better than I thought and so I have more horror film reviews in the pipeline, because I love the genre.

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      robertsloan2 8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Sounds amusing. True stories do need to be juiced up a lot in order to make them make sense as movies. As for people staying in haunted houses after nasty stuff happens, I can easily see it considering that we just moved into a new house. Moving is expensive. Moving is a pain. Moving and buying a new house is a lot harder than just renting. People who have gone through all that trouble don't give up easy no matter how bad the down side of the house is.

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      Good movie, good review and it is based on a true event. However, Hollywood always has to add in their “sci-fi scare factor”. That aside, it was scary enough on its own merits…