2 stars out of 4
Nothing immediately scary comes to mind when thinking about Connecticut, but “The Haunting in Connecticut” tries to change that.
The horror film, based on true events, follows the Campbell family as it moves to an affordable and completely haunted Victorian house that’s close to a cancer treatment center.
Eldest son Matt Campbell (Kyle Gallner) has cancer, but he’s nowhere near as sick as the twisted history of his new home. After choosing to live in the basement (sigh), Gallner starts seeing things that go bump in the night and perform terrible rituals on the dead.
His hallucinations are possible side effects of his cancer treatment, so he tries to keep his visions to himself.
After enduring countless ghost sightings, a surprisingly convincing Gallner starts to freak out his family; most notably his mother (Virginia Madsen, who also gives a solid performance).
The most chilling problems occur because “Connecticut” gets lazier as it gets longer. It’s slow and predictable. The film is full of nauseating close-ups of corpses, which get old quickly.
Although some sequences can be intense, the film continually reuses the same scare scenarios. Flickering lightbulbs and games of hide-and-seek can only work so many times in one movie.
WORTH CHECKING OUT
Kyle Gallner stars as the freaked out son in “The Haunting in Connecticut.” Be ready to see him a lot soon. Not only will he be starring in the latest “Nightmare on Elm Street” translation, but also he will have a part in Diablo Cody’s (writer of “Juno”) latest film “Jennifer’s Body” with Megan Fox.
As if I didn’t have enough reasons to be afraid of girls … this film’s preview alone gives me at least two dozen more.