The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Ghost story relies on creaky old clichés to generate scares.
  • R
  • 2013
  • 100 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie brings up the issue of slavery in American history and how certain people attempted to do the right thing in the face of it. The movie has a tricky twist surrounding this -- a character who was supposed to be a good person actually isn't -- but the modern-day characters understand that slavery was wrong.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are all good people who try to do the right thing for one another. They also try to understand and solve the problem behind the ghosts.

Violence

Though the movie doesn't have much in the way of death, gore, or blood, it does have plenty of scary, ghostly images, including skeletons and rotting faces, sudden shocks, and creepy, spine-tingling moments. Characters are shown vomiting maggots and roaches, and one character is hung from the ceiling with needles and thread (not as gory as it sounds). A 5-year-old girl is shown to be in peril during various moments. Flashbacks include a lynching and a hanging. Family members sometimes argue with one another.

Sex

One adult female character wears short skirts and sexy outfits.

Language

"S--t" is used twice, but otherwise, language is mild. Other words include "oh God" and "Jesus" (as exclamations), "ass," "hell" (several times), and "damn."

Consumerism

Miller Lite beer is shown in a few scenes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The father character is shown drinking beer in a few scenes. In one scene, his wife playfully tries to steal his drink from him. The mother takes prescription pills to prevent her from seeing ghosts.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia is a horror film that has nothing to do with 2009's The Haunting in Connecticut, other than the fact that they're both loosely based on "true stories." (In fact, this movie has nothing to do with Connecticut whatsoever.) It's low on gore, blood, and death, but there's lots of scary ghost imagery, including rotting faces, skeletons, and sudden jump-shocks. A small girl is in peril in a few scenes. Language is light, with a couple of uses of "s--t" and a few other words. Characters drink beer in a few scenes. Horror-crazy teens may want to see it, but it's unlikely to have much of a shelf life.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byHaithamB November 9, 2013

Moviegoer14: Ghosts of Georgia

Not the worst horror movie of the year; has some decent ideas. Shock. Predictability. Cliches.
Teen, 13 years old Written byKyle1414 June 25, 2013

Extremely creepy

This movie isn't really similar to the first one. I liked this one but I liked the second one better. This movie is extremely creepy and NO ONE UNDER 14 sh... Continue reading

What's the story?

In 1993, the Wyrick family -- mom Lisa (Abigail Spencer), dad Andy (Chad Michael Murray), 4-year-old Heidi (Emily Alyn Lind), and Lisa's sister, Joyce (Katee Sackhoff) -- moves from Atlanta, Georgia, to the rural Pine Mountain area. They discover that the house and land they've bought was once owned by the Gordy family, who operated an underground railroad and helped rescue escaped slaves. The women in the Wyrick family were born with "the veil," which means they're able to see ghosts. Unfortunately, strange things start happening, and these visions go into overdrive. Can the Wyrick family find out what strange events happened on their property before the ghosts get really angry?

Is it any good?

The first problem here is that this cliched film is desperately, obviously trying to create a franchise of "true" ghost stories. Oddly, this one has absolutely nothing to do with Connecticut (or anything else in the first film). But the main issue is that first-time director Tom Elkins -- an editor on the original film -- doesn't present the ghosts in an interesting or unique way.

Despite the allusions to America's slavery days, Elkins reverts to twitchy, black-and-white footage and jump cuts to depict the scary stuff that happens in the movie. It never seems relevant or fits in any way. Almost all of his spooky stuff has been done to death in many other films. On the plus side, Elkins creates some sympathetic characters and deals with issues like taking prescription pills to handle mental anguish. He also avoids too much blood, gore, and death, focusing mainly on primal, nightmarish scares, even if they're all dreadfully clichéd.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Haunting in Connecticut 2's violence. How much blood and gore is shown, as opposed to spooky ghost imagery? Which has more impact? Why? Are all of the scary scenes necessary to the story?

  • How clearly or in-depth does the movie discuss the concept of slavery in American history? Does the movie make you want to learn more about this subject?

  • Is the movie scary? How does it compare to other horror movies you've seen? How does it compare to the original The Haunting in Connecticut?

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