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The Haunting in Connecticut

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Unoriginal, shoddy horror film is too gory for young kids.

Movie PG-13 2009 92 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 15+

Sudden jumpscare!

In the row of Warren case movies. Based on real events.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 11+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (50 ):

The Haunting in Connecticut is similar to other haunted house epics like The Amityville Horror; it's so similar, in fact, that you have to wonder what the point was in making it. Despite a cast of excellent actors, the movie is dreary and dull, relying on obvious jumps and jolts to scare us and culminating in an orgy of special-effects violence as poorly made as it is tedious.

If The Haunting in Connecticut were better made, it wouldn't feel so familiar; if the story didn't rip off The Amityville Horror, The Exorcist, The Ring, and dozens of other movies, perhaps the movie's tiredness wouldn't sting quite so much. Cliched, tedious, and full of cheap jumps in the absence of true horror and suspense, The Haunting in Connecticut is somehow jam-packed with dead bodies but completely devoid of any reason to care about the live characters.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 27, 2009
  • On DVD or streaming: July 14, 2009
  • Cast: Elias Koteas , Martin Donovan , Virginia Madsen
  • Director: Peter Cornwell
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 92 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some intense sequences of terror and disturbing images
  • Last updated: September 27, 2023

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