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THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUTTHE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT
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Directed by Peter Cornwell
Starring: Virginia Madsen, Kyle Gallner, Elias Koteas
Review by Matthew Toffolo



SYNOPSIS:After a family is forced to relocate for their son's health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, which turns out to be a former mortuary.

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The musical score of thriller/horror movies always sets the tone. If it's not for those dramatic screeches in the beginning whenever a shadow or something out of this world appears, then we would just be watching a poor-man's drammatic character study. But that music keeps us on our toes because scary must be coming and/or the music itself is a bit scary and frightening. It's a gadget used perhaps a little too much and perhaps something more clever could be used.

I guess that somes up my feelings about this film. I watched a lot things I've seen before and was hoping for more of a unique twist.

The Haunting in Connecticut is an interesting thriller because it's based on a true story. I guess this story actually took place from the point of view of the family who went through it. Some will believe it and some won't (as a lot of people in attendance at my screening didn't), but it's interesting nonetheless because someone will feel something either way.

For me, it doesn't matter if it's true or not. I am more interested in the point of The Haunting in Connecticut.

I am a person who has always loved exploring the edge (or line) in life. I can't cross it or else I'll die, but growing up I always wanted to see how close I could get. And that's what's happening in this film. A young teenage boy who has cancer is close to dying and because of that he can see death around him. He's on the edge of being dead and being alive so he is exploring both worlds at the same time. The family wants him alive of course but the boy is going through so much pain being on the edge and a choice must be made.

I guess many of us are curious about the edge of darkness. Perhaps that's why horror films are so popular.

I am wondering why they didn't go farther in The House in Connecticut. If they attempted to reach the edge of the R rated film, then this would of been a more popular film. There were so many opportunities for them to give us a whole lot more.

Films like these have an audience but the creative team seemed to not understand who their fans were. They attempted to give us more of an exploration of the human condition than an exploration of the thriller and horror experience. The #1 reason we are watching this film is to be scared and to figure out the puzzle that is layed down to us in the beginning to we can figure it out. Not to understand what life is about through the eyes of a mother and her cancer ridden son. You can have both, that's no problem as mixing themes and genres usually always makes for a better film, but you have to lean with something. A drama can be funny and a comedy can be dramatic, but it starts with one or the other.

I hated the fact that I got bored during the middle portions of The Haunting in Connecticut. I wanted something to happen. The script was a little one dimensional as the characters were talking and feeling exactly what they were thinking. There wasn't any subtext happening. The mother loves the son and the son loves the mother. The obvious is obvious. What else can and should be happening?

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