A woman (Virginia Madsen) turns to a priest for help when her cancer-stricken son becomes increasingly disturbed by paranormal activity that seems to permeate their new home.
" Director Peter Cornwell and writers Adam Simon and Tim Metcalfe set up their version of the Connecticut haunting with remarkable efficiency and credible atmospherics. "
" It was with considerable surprise that I found myself flinching more than once while watching Peter Cornwell's ghost story, The Haunting in Connecticut. "
" [W]hite people haven't learned much in the quarter-century since Eddie Murphy's classic disquisition on The Amityville Horror. "
" Connecticut: not very haunty. "
" Creaking floorboards, slamming doors, flickering lights -- you've seen it all before, and it's all here again. "
" Despite well-designed scare shots, the laborious telling of this elaborate ghost story ultimately fizzles under the weight of too much effort. "
" Eventually the whole thing ends as these B-movies usually do -- with false denouements, sudden conflagrations and forced happy endings that leave the audience groaning and prematurely grabbing for their coats. "
" Gives you the creeps, the giggles and the groans in almost equal measure. "
" Haunting suffers for its need to be sold as a straight-up horror film, and the fact it has been seemingly retrofitted as such. "
" Ho-hum, one more slapped-together exercise in pre-fab horror. "
" It loses steam once the wraiths become fully visible: they're just not scary enough. "
" It's boring to pick apart a movie's inconsistencies one by one, but The Haunting in Connecticut contains so many insults to the audience's intelligence, it doesn't offer much choice. "
" It's just such a thoroughly typical ghost story. "
" Madsen barely emotes during the ensuing flood of hokey scare tactics. "
" The Haunting in Connecticut is another movie based on a supposedly true paranormal occurrence -- perhaps you haven't entirely forgotten 2005's The Exorcism of Emily Rose or An American Haunting from 2006. "
" The Haunting in Connecticut operates like someone leaning in behind you and yelling. At first, it makes you jump. The 200th time, it's just annoying. "
" The movie bumps along from low-grade scare to scare, and it's not lousy, mainly because Virginia Madsen prevents it from being so. "
" What started out reasonably scary, if derivative, just drags on and becomes silly. "
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