Haunting In Connecticut

Madsen, Virginia

SKU: 031398111696

UPC 031398111696
Release Date 2009-07-14
Studio Lionsgate
Discs 1
Length 102
Format Color
MPAA Rating PG-13 (MPAA)
Synopsis 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.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.
Cast Andy Trapani (Producer)
Martin Donovan (Star)
Daniel Farrands (Producer)
Elias Koteas (Star)
Kyle Gallner (Star)
Steve Whitney (Executive Producer)
Paul Brooks (Producer)
Norm Waitt (Executive Producer)
Virginia Madsen (Star)
Tim Metcalfe (Screenwriter)
Scott Niemeyer (Executive Producer)
Adam Swica (Director of Photography)
Wendy Rhoads (Producer)
Peter Cornwell (Director)
Robert J. Kral (Composer)
Adam Simon (Screenwriter)
Amanda Crew (Star)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Region [unknown] NTSC Widescreen Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 7.1 HD - English Subtitles - English, French, Spanish Additional Release Material: Making Of: 1. Two Dead Boys: The Making of THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT” Featurette: 1. Memento Mori: The History of Postmortem Photography” Documentary: 1. The Fear Is Real: Reinvestigating the Haunting” two- part documentary Deleted Scenes: 1. Deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Peter Cornwell Trailers: 1. Theatrical trailer Additional Products: Digital Copy
Language English
Weight 0.24000
Height 0.75000
Width 5.00000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Horror,Suspense/Thriller
Attribute Additional Footage,BluRay HD-DVD,Director Cast Commentary,SensorMatic,Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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