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The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts Of Georgia

by Kevin Taft
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Thursday May 2, 2013
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The worst marketed film in recent memory, "The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia" has absolutely nothing to do with the film "A Haunting in Connecticut" and, in fact, does not even take place in Connecticut. The family in question isn’t even FROM Connecticut. So immediately, you know you’re in for a lackluster film desperately trying to get your box office dollars. (Note: Both films were based on TV documentaries - "A Haunting in Connecticut" and "A Haunting in Georgia.") Quite frankly, I just wanted to know what the discussions about the title of the film sounded like and if anyone actually raised his hand and said, "this is stupid." Sadly, that applies to not only the title, but the film as well. Based on the true story of the Wyrick family, this story is more about a family who moves onto land where some atrocities occur and are haunted into finding out the truth. There really aren’t any spooky windows slamming or those sort of creep-outs. This is more about overt ghosts appearing (in black and white or sepia tone) to try to get the attention of the daughter Heidi. She speaks with an old man ghost who gives her hints into the land’s past. Why he doesn’t just tell her what’s going on, is beyond me. And, if some of the ghosts are friendly, why are they always skulking around staring at the family from a distance? Why freak them out when you want them to find answers for you? Have they not heard that it’s better to kill them with kindness, not.. you know... kill them? It’s all nonsensical gibberish and not the least bit scary. It tries to end on a touching note and succeeds, but a horror movie this is not.

Tech credits are nice as far as cinematography and set design, but it’s a very loud film both in ambient noise and the score. By the end, you can barely tell what noises to be "scared" of and what’s just on the soundtrack itself.

Special features include a short featurette on the real Wyrick family that is fairly interesting (although the original doc "A Haunting in Georgia" is far better). Commentary is a bit too important for this type of film, and deleted scenes and bloopers don’t add much to the experience. In fact, this is one haunting you can yell boo at yourself and walk away.

"A Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia"
Blu-ray/Ultraviolet/Digital Copy
$24.99
www.lionsgate.com

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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