My Experience With The Haunting In Connecticut


What a strange little film. If there was ever a haunted house-type film that treated it’s religious aspect so flippantly, it is definitely The Haunting in Connecticut. Now, don’t get me wrong. I know it’s not a religiously-centered film like The Omen, The Exorcist, or others. It’s not really a pivotal part of the plot. before digging deeper into my commentary, I guess a synopsis of the film is in order. The movie is “based on a chilling true story (about) one family’s terrifying, real-life encounter with the dark forces of the supernatural. When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history: not only was the house a transformed funeral parlor where inconceivable acts occurred, but the owner’s clairvoyant son Jonah served as a demonic messenger, providing a gateway for spiritual entities to cross over. Now, unspeakable terror awaits when Jonah, the boy who communicated with the dead, returns to unleash a new kind of horror on the innocent and unsuspecting family.”

What we get in the film is a mother portrayed by Virginia Madsen that prays with a rosary but never mentions God outside of that setting. She believes obviously and screams at God and begs him not to take her cancer-stricken son from her. But that’s about it. Then we have Elias Koteas playing a cancer-stricken minister of unknown denomination who believes that the closer you are to departing this mortal coil, the easier it is for you to communicate with the dead and see the “other side.” He’s definitely not Southern Baptist or Catholic, that’s for sure. He’s some kind of weird meta-physical type that helps people figure out what the dead want or need from them.

Like I said earlier, this movie really wasn’t centered or hinged on a religious standpoint, so it really shouldn’t be judged that way. As a piece of entertainment, it plays pretty well. I would suggest watching it for a good scare.

You can buy the movie here.

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