Monday, July 13, 2009

Monday's Movie-The Haunting in Conneticut

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.


ANovelMenagerie said...

NO WAY! Not for me! WAY TOO SCARY!


Anna said...

My husband loves these kinds of movies, and he wants to see this one, so I'll watch it at some point. I saw the story about the real family on one of those documentary channels. It was a scary program.

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Jo-Jo said...

Sheri: You should definitely skip this one then cause it was creepy scary!

Anna: Just be warned that you may jump out of your shoes a few times!

The Bumbles said...

So is this like The Exorcist type scary stuff? I love horror movies. But for some reason being overtaken by spirits doesn't do it for me.

Ti said...

I like scary movies that are done well. This one is sort of like Amityville Horror, right?

If you want to watch a totally creepy movie that was done well, rent The Bad Seed. It's old, but a classic.

Jo-Jo said...

Bumbles and Ti: It probably is more like Amityville as the spirit tries to take over the body of the son.

I'm pretty sure I have seen The Bad Seed. That is an old black and white movie about a young blonde girl--think she always wore two braids also...if that's the one, ya...that was definitely creepy!