Haunting in Connecticut (Blu-ray)

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Based on a chilling true story, Lionsgate's 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 cross over. 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.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 211147941
UPC 031398111696
UPC 14 00031398111696
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 8/23/2011
Rating Rating
Family Relations
Haunted Houses
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note A direct descendent of classic haunted-house films like BURNT OFFERINGS (1975) and THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (1979), THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT also features the classic premise of a family moving into a new home where the bad deeds of previous tenants have left a foul psychic residue. Reportedly based on true events experienced by the Snedeker family in the 1970s, Peter Cornwell?s film has plenty of effective scares, but it is also a moving family drama featuring an impressive performance by Virginia Madsen (SIDEWAYS). ^It is 1987, and Connecticut teenager Matt Campbell (Kyle Gallner) is undergoing painful, experimental cancer treatments. Long drives to the hospital are making a trying experience even worse, so his mother, Sara (Madsen), rents an old house and moves the family closer to Matt?s clinic. Soon after moving into the house, Matt begins to have disturbing hallucinations of strange figures; but believing these visions to be unfortunate side effects of his cancer therapy, he keeps them to himself. When the visions persist, a bit of sleuthing reveals the Campbells? new abode to be an old funeral home where séances were held in the 1920s by a mortician who also had dealings in the black arts that have left some restless spirits wandering the house. The first half of THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, where it isn?t clear if Matt?s visions are real or imagined, is driven more by the touching story of a mother and son caught in a painful situation than by shocks and scares. Once it?s confirmed that the ghosts are real, however, the film becomes a tight little thriller with some genuinely creepy moments. Martin Donovan, as the alcoholic father of the Campbell family, and Elias Koteas, as a sympathetic priest, do great work in supporting roles.
Box Office 3 star out of 5 -- "Where the film excels is in the moments of haphazard apparition....Every reflective surface becomes a reason to be alert and every oddly moving object a menacingly animated corpus." 03/27/2009
Peter Cornwell
Elias Koteas
Kyle Gallner
Virginia Madsen
Martin Donovan
Cast & Crew
Elias Koteas - Star
Kyle Gallner - Star
Virginia Madsen - Star
Martin Donovan - Star
Amanda Crew - Star
Andy Trapani - Producer
Daniel Farrands - Producer
Robert J. Kral - Composer
Adam Simon - Screenwriter
Tim Metcalfe - Screenwriter
Scott Niemeyer - Executive Producer
Adam Swica - Director of Photography
Wendy Rhoads - Producer
Steve Whitney - Executive Producer
Paul Brooks - Producer
Norm Waitt - Executive Producer
Peter Cornwell - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00031398111696
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 102 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource Cinefantastique Online
Review "The Haunting in Connecticut" is a film I had assumed would be another ridiculously overdone Hollywood production, along the lines of Jan de Bont's terrible remake of "The Haunting" (1999). Instead, to my surprise and delight, it is exactly the opposite: a beautifully crafted little gem of a movie that harks back to the more subtle and poetic ghost stories that have always defined the very best in the genre - Movies like "Jack Clayton's The Innocents" and "Robert Wise's The Haunting." As in both of those films, first time director Peter Cornwell seems to realize that in this area, as Christopher Lee points out, less is more. As a result, we have one of the scariest haunted house movies to grace the screen since "Poltergeist"...What is also especially remarkable about the film is the solid technical craft it displays, on what must have been a fairly limited budget by today's movie-making standards. I've certainly never heard of any of the behind-the-camera talent before, but they all contribute work that seems as if it were turned in by veteran Hollywood experts. For example, I could have easily mistaken the beautifully precise editing of Tom Elkins to be the work of Dede Allen. The moody and dark cinematography provided by Adam Swica, compares quite favorably to Freddie Francis's shadow play in "The Innocents." The set designs of Alicia Keywan make the house as memorable a character to the story as the much larger Gothic mansion designed by Elliot Scott for "The Haunting." Perhaps best of all, the score by Robert J. Kral wraps the entire production up in exactly the kind of lyrical quality needed, before abruptly switching gears to a sudden dissonance that will jolt viewers out of their seats. Since Kral studied under Jerry Goldsmith, it appears he has picked up some key ideas from the Maestro.
Reviewer Lawrence French
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "The Haunting in Connecticut" isn't based on just any old true story. No, it's based on "the true story." That would be the case of the Snedeker family, who in the 1970s moved into a ghost-infested house in Southington, Conn., and had no end of distress. We know their story is true because it was vouched for by Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal sleuths who also backed up Bill Ramsey, a demonic werewolf who bit people; "The Amityville Horror," and the story of Jack and Janet Smurl, who inspired "The Haunting."...Matt, the Campbell's son, is dying of cancer and must be driven miles for his radiation treatments. Madsen makes an "executive decision" to buy a house in the distant town so Matt, with radiation burns and nausea, doesn't have to drive so far. If the movie has a flaw, and it does, it's too many Surprises. Every door, window, bedroom, hallway, staircase, basement area, attic and crawlspace is packed with Surprises, so that it's a rare event in the house that takes place normally. The Campbells are constantly being Surprised, so often they must be tuckered out at day's end from all of that running, jumping and standing real still...But I must not be too harsh, because Surprises are what a movie like this trades in. Koteas does a great job as the priest, who was not a ghostbuster in a Roman collar but a fellow radiation patient who never looked like he was confident good would win out in the end...So. A preposterous story, so many scares they threaten to grow monotonous, good acting and filmmaking credits and what else? Oh, what's with the ectoplasm? Didn't Houdini unmask that as a fraud? And didn't the Amazing Randi? And what's it doing still being treated as real in the true story?
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Jackie K. Cooper, JackieKCooper.com Just knowing the movie is based on 'the true story' makes it seem that much more impressive.
Sara Schieron, Boxoffice Magazine ...you'll be afraid to turn the light off when you go to bed.

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