Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

A desperate mother rents a second home for her and her family in order to keep her sickly son closer to his treatment facility. The low rent and beautiful location seem to good to be true... That is, until the family is overcome by a series of terrifying events brought on by the house's dark past. THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT is the absolute worst kind of horror movie. It is a trite and unsophisticated film that sets up one pre-designed jump-scare after another rather than attempting to build even the least bit of mood or suspense. The phrase "Based on a true story" is used in only the most liberal sense, as none of the events are believable in the least. By forcing each of the ghosts in front of the camera on full display and involving each of the other family members, it diminishes any possibility that the medication and experimental treatments could be the potential cause for Matt's hallucinations, paranoia, and odd behavior. On top of that, the acting is very apparent and is in no way naturalistic. HAUNTING only creates a scripted reality with scripted characters that fail to reflect the actual occurrence as it happened. Beneath its polished appearance, the film is just a cheap shocker that only caters to the superficial Horror fan.

Rating: 6/10.



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8 comments:

  1. Was hoping it was more than that. Sigh... Oh well.

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  2. Not necessarily true, I'm a massive horror fan and I thought it wasn't horrendous. It delivered jumps and scares and does it's job.

    Not one of the most amazing films but saying that it would only please superficial horror fans is insulting to say the least.

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  3. A film can cater to a specific audience and still be enjoyed by the hardcore fans, it was just clearly designed and marketed towards a teen audience that enters the theater just for a cheap scare and nothing more. With the lack of depth and extremely exaggerated events that the makers gave to the film, they were obviously not trying to break new ground or win over the hardcore crowd.

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  4. I do agree with you now you've explained it a bit more!

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  5. =D No offense ever intended, and thanks for reading!

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  6. Only part that got me was the cutting off of the eyelids. Ewwwwwwww.

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  7. I didn't have such harsh feelings about this one. While it was mediocre and mainstream, I still enjoyed it. And I disagree about the performances. I thought Madsen and Gallner were actually pretty good. Although Koteas was surprisingly disappointing.

    The plot has been done before. There was nothing shocking about it, but it certainly wasn't bad.

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  8. I could not finish this movie. I felt my iQ drop every moment. Had to shut it off about 30 minutes into it. Knowing the controversy that surrounds the real story just made it worse. But big thanks to you for watching it all the way through and confirming that I made the right decision. :)

    Cheers!

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