For the past 7 years, the cases of Ed and Lorraine Warren have become all the rage with films like The Conjuring and it’s sequel, Annabelle, and all the rumored sequels that are all following. The one that started the craze A Haunting In Connecticut is our featured film for today. Matt Campbell (Kyle Gallner) has cancer and has to go through treatments in Connecticut and Sarah Campbell (Virginia Madsen) is willing to go through any lengths for her son. So as a way to make it easier for him, she decides to move the family temporarily into a house that is close to the treatment center. What they don’t realize is the house has a pretty evil history and whatever spirits that are in the house are about to haunt the family. The film also stars Elias Koteas (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret Of The Ooze) as Rev. Popescu, Amanda Crew (Sex Drive) as Wendy, Martin Donovan (The Opposite Of Sex) as Peter Campbell, Sophi Knight (How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town) as Mary, Ty Wood (Maneater) as Billy Campbell, Erik J. Berg (Silent Night) as Jonah, John Bluethner (The Lookout) as Ramsey Aikman, and the film was directed by Peter Cornwell (Ward 13).
As far as all of the films that have come out since 2009 from the Warrens case files, this isn’t the best one in the series. Now that isn’t saying that this one wasn’t a good film because it was enjoyable and it had it’s spooky moments, but just not enough. Kyle Gallner and Virginia Madsen were great in the film and they worked well together. I loved the edition of Reverend Popescu (Elias Koteas), but he’s not a real character I believe. There is a lot of evidence out there that suggests that the film isn’t really based on a true story and in fact that a lot of it was made up. Apparently according to the website Livescience.com, a man was hired to to take each family member’s story for a book and he problem was that there stories all matched and there wasn’t enough there. The author then claims that Ed Warren told him to use what he could, make up the rest, and make the story scarier. Read more about it here. That is kind of a discouraging thing to learn after you’ve seen the film for yourself and probably why it wasn’t that scary to begin with. Some of the scenes were kind of creepy like the bodies with all the writing carved into them, but some of the scenes that they tried to make spooky were not that scary. The story is cool, but just not scary so watch it at your own risk. I am going to give the film an B- for a final grade.