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The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)



Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 102
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 85

Though it features a few scares and some creepy atmosphere, The Haunting in Connecticut ultimately relies too much on familiar horror cliches to achieve its goals.


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 27

Though it features a few scares and some creepy atmosphere, The Haunting in Connecticut ultimately relies too much on familiar horror cliches to achieve its goals.



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Inspired by the frightening true-life tale of a family that moved into a converted funeral home and subsequently fell under supernatural attack, director Peter Cornwell's The Haunting in Connecticut follows the quest of a desperate mother to free her family from the grip of an evil beyond human comprehension. Sara (Virginia Madsen) and Peter Campbell (Martin Donovan) have just moved to Connecticut with their young son, Matt, when the young boy experiences a series of disturbing events that lead


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Adam Simon, Tim Metcalfe

Jul 14, 2009


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All Critics (102) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (85) | DVD (6)

Madsen barely emotes during the ensuing flood of hokey scare tactics.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The Haunting in Connecticut operates like someone leaning in behind you and yelling. At first, it makes you jump. The 200th time, it's just annoying.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Comment (1)
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Haunting suffers for its need to be sold as a straight-up horror film, and the fact it has been seemingly retrofitted as such.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Connecticut: not very haunty.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (3)
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Eventually the whole thing ends as these B-movies usually do -- with false denouements, sudden conflagrations and forced happy endings that leave the audience groaning and prematurely grabbing for their coats.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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[W]hite people haven't learned much in the quarter-century since Eddie Murphy's classic disquisition on The Amityville Horror.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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A run-of-the-mill spooker that often opts for Dolby jolts and Avid farts over character investment.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Una supuesta historia real sirve de base para un drama familiar enmarcado en un cuento de fantasmas. Nada nuevo. Previsible y efectista.

November 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

The movie works hard for your money and should theoretically be scarier than the cut rate television production. But it's not. Not by a mile.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Kinetofilm

After about the 35th boo scare in as many minutes, the unfailingly cheesy "The Haunting in Connecticut" joins a growing legion of 2009 films offering self-reflective commentary on their own crappiness: "We're bored," shouts a baby brother.

September 16, 2009 Full Review Source:

Virginia Madsen and Kyle Gallner give their all to at least anchor some emotional reality to the fairly routine enterprise.

September 7, 2009 Full Review Source:

Woe be to you if you don't see this film in a theater packed with back talking New Yorkers. Because then you might be forced to concentrate on what's on screen.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: UGO

Not as scary as 2005's 'Amityville Horror' but good nonetheless.

July 15, 2009 Full Review Source: ESplatter

If you can solve 0 plus 0, you can predict the ending.

June 10, 2009 Full Review Source:

the film may indeed be a little dumb at times, it nevertheless proves to be an effective horror-thriller

May 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Sean the Movie Guy

There are the beginnings of a good movie here.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Call it a Lifetime original movie made for Halloween. Call it a Sci-Fi Channel Saturday night thriller. ... and keep waiting for something that might actually scare you.

April 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Dread Central

To its credit, the movie seems to understand that the primal appeal of these stories lies as much in the appearance of solemn dead people as in the possibility of domestic horrors.

April 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

In the poorly paced and ineptly edited Haunting in Connecticut, Matt is surrounded by dark shadows, ooky male choruses, and reflections of tortured corpses in dirty glass.

April 7, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters

With Virginia Madsen leading the cast, The Haunting In Connecticut tells a good ghost story.

April 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

A blasé horror cocktail that has one or two good scares but mostly is a way to lay waste to time you never really wanted back anyway.

April 5, 2009
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

...a disposable horror film, made in hopes that some reputable actors might breathe life into the material.

April 3, 2009

Haunted-house movies would be nothing without the odd frisson of scepticism. This is the best in quite a while.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

It's as if the spirits rented DVDs of The Others, The Shining, Poltergeist, The Exorcist and roared, "We'll have some of that!"

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

The latest in a long line of duff Amityville Horror rip-offs.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Scotsman

I'm not sure how much fact is at the core of 'The Haunting in Connecticut.'

April 2, 2009 Full Review | Comments (5)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Audience Reviews for The Haunting in Connecticut

Based on a true story. Really?, because where I was sitting it looked like it was based on about a billion horror films that have come before. Seriously, nice imagery aside, this is like 99% of every other horror film made in the last decade and it's getting pretty tiresome. It's not among the worst but it is just as forgettable. It's well directed but the big problem, and it is a big problem given the genre, is that it is just not scary. It's also rather dull until the last 20 minutes but no amount of snappy editing can save it.
May 10, 2014

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Throughout the horror genre, original ideas have given way to formulaic, unoriginal ideas that has been done before. That's exactly the case with The Haunting in Connecticut. This is a film that just fails in delivering tense, memorable scares. The performances are bland, and every actor seems not that interested in their performance. This is one disappointing horror film, one that doesn't have any scares and relies far too much on CGI to create its terror. The result is a film that just isn't inventive, interesting or engaging. I think that's it's a shame because it could have been a good haunted house film, however this is a highly forgettable affair, one that is sure to disappoint any viewer looking for genuine scares. The film started off well, but it quickly lost its appeal when the story started unfolding. Some ideas were interesting, I must admit, but it's something we've seen before. When films tend to recycle ideas under different titles, the genre as a whole suffers, and we have several films in the last few years that show the decline of great horror. However, there has been quite a resurgence of original, terrifying horror that has brought the genre back to its roots. But films like this one are not one of them. The lack of originality is what makes this film not worth seeing, and the film's script is poorly written as if the filmmakers didn't care about turning out a good horror film. The results show for themselves on-screen, and it's not a good film whatsoever. If there was more effort put into this film, then maybe this could have been a great outing, unfortunately it fails.
January 10, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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The ads made it look spooky as heck, but it was pretty tame. I liked the ending, which came as a nice surprise which horror films never dare. Hard to believe what they discovered was behind the hauntings. The priest was well-acted. The characters were believable. The house was creepy from the onset, so it's sort of their own fault for living there and being haunted.
January 4, 2014

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