A Novel Menagerie asks us to post about a movie that you watched the week before. We usually watch quite a few movies over the weekend and it is sometimes difficult to only discuss one.
I just love a good scary movie and one that we enjoyed this weekend was The Haunting in Conneticut.
Here are some of the details from the film:
Genre: Horror, Action
Starring: Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan
Runtime: 1 hr, 32 mn
MPAA Rating: PG13
Here is a summary of The Haunting in Conneticut from the MSN Movie website:
Inspired by the frightening true-life tale of a family that moved into a converted funeral home and subsequently fell under supernatural attack, director Peter Cornwell's The Haunting in Connecticut follows the quest of a desperate mother to free her family from the grip of an evil beyond human comprehension. Sara (Virginia Madsen) and Peter Campbell (Martin Donovan) have just moved to Connecticut with their young son, Matt, when the young boy experiences a series of disturbing events that lead him to believe a malevolent force is attempting to take control of his family. Back when the home was still a funeral parlor, the original owner's clairvoyant assistant, Jonah, served as a gateway for restless spirits seeking to cross over into the physical realm. When Jonah returns to unleash a new kind of horror on the innocent family, Sara enlists the aid of enigmatic priest Popescu (Elias Koteas) in driving the evil out before it consumes her son's body and soul. At first it appears that Popescu has been successful in driving the spirits away, but then the terror becomes more intense than ever before. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide
My Movie Thoughts:
I was just saying within the last week that it is hard to find a good scary movie that isn't actually a slasher film. This is one of the better horror movies that I have seen lately, but I have noticed some reviews of this movie that indicated that people were left disappointed because it was so different from the original story. I guess the thing to keep in mind is that like other movies that are based on a true story, that is just what it is--BASED on a true story. The Campbell family has a teenage son Matt, that is battling cancer. In an attempt to make the commute to the hospital easier, they rent a home that is closer for Matt. Little did they know that this home was not only originally used as a funeral parlor, but also for someone to practice his clairvoyant gifts. Unfortunately, the spirits try to take over the home once again, until the family finds a way to stop what is happening. I enjoyed this story and it really had a good element of surprise, as I probably even screamed once or twice. As I already indicated, there are differences from the original story but I think that is to be expected. I am going to rate this one 4 out of 5 bags of popcorn.