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The Haunting in Connecticut (Unrated Special Edition) (2009)

Kyle Gallner , Amanda Crew  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kyle Gallner, Amanda Crew, Virginia Madsen
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027P9S0Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,925 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Haunting in Connecticut (Unrated Special Edition)" on IMDb

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Based on a chilling true story, Lionsgate's The Haunting in Connecticut charts 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.

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Based on a chilling true story, Lionsgate's THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT charts 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.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the extra features July 19, 2009
Format:DVD
The film that is based on the true story of the haunting of a funeral home converted to a residence suffers from a lack of imagination and emphasis on visual effects, but then I could say that about most modern films. I found the Discovery Channel documentary on the haunting,A Haunting in Connecticut, to be much more interesting, and cheaper.

However, you can't beat this double disc editon for extra features, and interesting ones too. There is the featurette "Two Dead Boys: The Making of The Haunting in Connecticut" which talks with the cast and crew about the making of the film and the haunted hotel that they stayed in during filming. It runs about fifteen minutes.

"The Fear is Real: Reinvestigating the Haunting (41:03), gets away from the movie-making end of things and goes to the actual case that inspired all of this. Carmen Snedeker-Reed and two of her sons discuss the haunting. Also included are Carmen's neices, former neighbors, and some of the clairvoyants called in on the case at the time of the haunting. This mini-documentary is quite interesting if you enjoyed the original Discovery Channel documentary as I did and want more background both from news sources at the time and new developments and insights.

Anatomy of a Haunting (11:48) talks with parapsychologist Barry Taff and psychic Jack Rourke about the supernatural. They discuss the case that inspired the film The Entity, among other matters.

"Memento Mori: The History of Postmortem Photography" (10:26) has author Stanley B. Burns talking about this odd practice. If you have seen the film "The Others" this will be particularly interesting.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely above average July 13, 2009
Format:DVD
A decent horror plot combined with scares that try to get under your skin and stay there manage to make the Haunting in Connecticut one of the few buy-worthy horrors I've reviewed. Matt Campbell, a cancer patient, is struggling to cope with the constant rides to and from the hospital where he is receiving an experimental treatment. After seeing him suffer following a prolonged treatment, his mother buys a former funeral home for them to stay in during his hospital visits. What follows is a progressively aggressive assault from spirits within the home.

The storyline is another of those "based on a true story" pieces of nonsense, which really needs to stop unless they're honestly worried about being sued. While the plot overall is nothing new, it manages to throw in enough good renditions of overdone plot points to give it a feel of being new. A few points of humor, a few character sidebars that are just a hair short of being filler, and a few extremely well done hallucination scenes manage to round out the movie as a whole, rather than leave it as a grinding startle sequence. The explanation is especially well done, just believable enough to easily swallow, yet allowing for mistakes, interpretation, and managing to provide a good basis for "I see it! Why don't you see it!?!!"

The effects are surprisingly good, despite or in spite of their simplicity. The scares are also subtle, small things that build in the background. While theres the requisite number of startles, these're thankfully overshadowed by the creepy elements that know what they're doing. A few of the moments even managed to make me, a jaded and embittered veteran of gore, wince and cringe in my seat; though there's little, if any, actual blood.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unrated Special Edition July 20, 2009
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While the movie itself remains above average with a few stand out scenes and a few minor changes from the documentary film that was made about this story the real worthy of the purchase price of the dvd are the special features.

The special Features are scarier than the movie itself.
I admit when I saw the trailer for this movie the first time months before it hit theaters i was blown away and couldn't wait for it to come out I remember thinking oh man this looks so scary.

I didn't get to see it until it hit Dvd and was a little dissapointed and felt even the unrated version seems to be missing something that would have turned into a 5 star flick instead of a 4 star flick.

Still entertaining,and the special features are even more entertaining than the movie so 4 stars for that reason.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting in Connecticut! April 12, 2010
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This is one great movie! Its the same one you see with the black cover & boy on the it with slime coming out of his mouth! Full & Wide are on this disc, but no special features! Basically this one is the single disc DVD! But still good!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Original Story is Better January 27, 2011
Format:DVD
This movie is based on a true story, and I've seen the original story on "A Haunting." I was hoping that the movie version would give me a creepier version of the original story, but all I got was bad acting, a lackluster storyline, and terrible effects. It seemed as though the director had an excellent idea in his head, but couldn't quite project it correctly. They tried way too hard to make the story "better." As a result, the story came off as cheesy and over the top. If you want to get a better and more accurate version of the story, check out the "A Haunting" version.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Low on Scares, High on Family Drama
I really enjoy horror movies. However, I avoided buying this one previously because the ratings weren't strong. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Addicted2Amazon!
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the "true" BS
It's been proven the "true" story behind this movie was BS, but even the made-up story from the real family was more interesting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nora Quick
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie -- could have been better.
The Haunting in Connecticut is a good ghost story, but it does lack (and I do like good ghost stories). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Craig Larsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than average
Overall, not bad for a horror movie. Decent acting (esp by the adolescent lead), good enough plot, some good scares. The overall plot is a bit generic though (a la Poltergeist).
Published 1 month ago by V. Patel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great horror movie
Horror movies are my thing. Love the scare factor and I jumped several times during this movie and I have to admit it takes a lot to make me jump anymore. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sonya Mills
1.0 out of 5 stars not entertaining
boring not scary at all. terrible acting. Not worth renting. Full of cliches and predictable outcomes. Dont waste your time
Published 1 month ago by Lorraine Ensminger
3.0 out of 5 stars An average but entertaining horror film
It had some good horror special effects but over all it was just a typical horror story. A must for fans of the genre.
Published 1 month ago by Jared Lipscomb
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, decent scares
As a consumer of most horror movies in the past decade or so, I love a good scare. I heard about the haunting in Connecticut and its ties to Ed and Lorraine Warren, the real life... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andytoy
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Scary and Suspense Movie
The plot brings you to the edge of the seat on several occasions, at some point the actors make you feel the boy's frustration because nobody believes what is really happening in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ricardo Ducoing
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie but...
Good movie. Fast shipping. Slow processing though. But would be better if it was vudu digital copy. Tracking package option is good.
Published 2 months ago by April Magyar
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The Blood was red....I saw this in the theatres...open sequence the blood was black....
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No..it played but I did notice a slight sound drop issue..
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