The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia Reviews
- 'The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia' is a 2013 paranormal horror film directed by Tom Elkins. The film has no reference to the first film from 2009. Its plot was inspired by the 'true' events surrounding the Wyrick house. As a horror-fan, I felt disappointed by the film. The scares were predictable, as was the storyline. I did like the needle and thread scene in the caravan. Starring Abigail Spencer (Oz the Great and Powerful, Cowboys & Aliens), Chad Michael Murray (House of Wax, Freaky Friday), Emily Alyn Lind (J. Edgar, Movie 43) and Katee Sackhoff (Oculus, Riddick). "Seeing ghosts in your backyard?"
As Andy (Murray) and Lisa (Spencer) Wyrick settle in their new historic home in a desolate Georgia wood, their daughter Heidi (Lind) starts to have conversations with a man she calls 'mr. Gordy'. Lisa thinks Heidi has an imaginary friend, but Lisa's sister Joyce (Sackhoff), who is living in a caravan nearby, is sure that her niece is seeing a ghost. All women in the family have the gift of seeing the dead. When doing some research, the family discovers that their land was once a refuge place for runaway slaves...
There was nothing resonant at all about the movie. The shots, angles, music, and story were generic, expected, and had been done before.
I wasn't expecting much going into this film mostly due to the ridiculous title of the picture but I actually enjoyed the film. There was the basic elements here to be far more scarier but where held back by standard effects tricks that now plague paranormal movies almost to the point of making them boring. Yet at moments I felt actual suspense and eerie tension as more dramatic scenes unfolded into real chilling events. The setting and story was creepy and the film version held a far more haunting presence than what I originally imagined from the actual story. The film veered from the true paranormal case with a more morbid, dark representation of the evil spirit haunting the land as well as the family. The action sequences were produced well creating a relief from the mediocre dramatic moments that tended to case me to drift off. I found "Ghosts Of Georgia" to be a far better ghost flick it's predecessor and think the film could have gained a better reception from audiences had they not gone with the title. This film had a great set up, acceptable acting, plus all the expected moments of creepy chilling paranormal activity. It isn't going to be a movie that really scares the hell out of anyone over the age of ten but it is a great movie about a haunting. The only downside was the very end after the amped up climax that felt way to hallmark-y, coming off completely cheesy and made for TV. I would tell people to see it and expect a better movie than "The Haunting In Connecticut" or "The Apparition" but don't expect the same amount of fright that you get with "The Amityville Horror" or even "Grave Encounters".
(2013) The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia
Despite the happy ending, I felt the mother of the young girl was too bullheaded and annoying. And the reason is that it had to be a two hour film. The overall movie experience lacked credibility in terms of characters themselves including law enforcement.
It opens with mother, Lisa Wyrick (Abigail Spencer) while lying on her bed getting hallucinations of her mother until her daughter Heidi Wyrick (Emily Alyn Lind) walked in. They then moved into an isolated house with history, bought by her sheriff husband, Andy Wyrick( Chad Michael Murray) from an auction. Oh, yeah, Lisa's also on meds for her hallucinations too, except that her daughter sees some of the same images as her mother. Her mother doesn't believe her, and both of them particularly the daughter are starting to see things her mother denies are never there. It's sort of another 'I see dead people' scenarios except that the characters are not relatable. I mean, if the parents are so worried about the daughter so much , they wouldn't have left her alone on so many occasions which the so-called ghosts only appear when the daughter's alone. If it was my daughter I'd have her sleep in the same room with us, but no.
The movie is supposed to be based on a true story, but the thing is when you watch it, it kind of concocts the storyline since it's supposed to entertain viewers for two solid hours( to be specific 101 minutes). Rotting bodies are discovered, and yet the police or sheriffs of that state limit their findings to just that one area and location without breaking any walls. I actually believed that the Wyrick household helped police locate deteriorated bodies underground, but I don't believe that it would require the Wyrick's help again to find that the wooden two-by-four weak walls to find that their was another room. That's just ridiculous. this movie needs to be more tightened and needed more common sense.
2 out of 4 stars