THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT 2:...
Reviewed by: Zombie Boy
Chad Michael Murray
What's it about
Having absolutely nothing to do with Connecticut, a family moves from one place in Georgia to another, and encounters ghostly shenanigans involving a stop on the old Underground Railroad.
Is it good movie?
Even being the only person on the planet who sort of liked A HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, I knew right away that I was in for trouble here. I mean, the name of the film alone is mind-bogglingly stupid. Even if linking it to AHIC would somehow up their sales numbers, it's just confusing. In an unsurprising piece of serendipity, stupid and confusing also describes the movie very well.
For an undisclosed reason, Lisa and Andy Wyrick take themselves and their young daughter, Heidi, from their Atlanta home to a house in the woods of Georgia, where they are soon landed upon by Auntie Joyce, played by that Battlestar Galactica chick. Turns out mom and auntie, like their dearly departed mom, can see ghosts. When Heidi displays the same tendency at the new rural home, Lisa freaks out and tries to convince Heidi she's just crazy. 'Cause, you know, that's better.
After a seemingly endless interlude of creepy music, corner-of-the-eye-ghosts, and Heidi talking to phantoms, we finally get to the meat of the matter: the house used to be a hiding spot for slaves along the Underground Railroad, and the white man who lived there was killed for it. He was a good man. Oh wait, he wasn't. I mean he was. No, he wasn't. Honestly, whatever, movie. Pick a frigging lane.
The movie actually looks a lot better than I thought it would. Maybe it had hopes of being a full-fledged theater release. The visual FX are mostly good, though some of the close-up shots of corpses are pretty hokey-looking. Unfortunately the effort is wasted on a paper-thin plot with a snail-like pace that doesn't even have the courtesy to make any sense. And throwing up pictures of the people from whom the story is based doesn't make me believe these were true events, buddy.
Video / Audio
Video: The high def transfer on this Blu-Ray looks really good: a lot better than I thought it would. Too good, in some spots; shine too bright a light on a fake corpse and it looks like, well, a fake corpse.
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, with optional English and Spanish subtitles.
Audio Commentary with director Tom Elkin, writer David Coggeshall, and co-producer Brad Kessell: The three guys are pretty amiable, and seem to get along well. They keep the commentary moving and provide a lot of behind the scenes information. If I gave a crap about the movie I'd be really interested in it.
Seeing Ghosts: The True Story of the Wyricks: Wow, I'll give this family credit: they totally and completely believe their own bullshit. This doc is a ten-minute affair detailing the trials and tribulations of living in a house full of natural mediums.
Deleted Scenes: This is a collection of 13 scenes, some deleted, some alternate, some extended, all with director commentary. Nothing integral to the plot. Just trimmings.
Outtakes: This is a pretty entertaining four minutes. While watching it and laughing, my daughter said to me, "You know it's pretty bad when the bloopers are the best part of the movie."
Rounding out the special features menu are trailers for both this movie and it's predecessor, as well as a collection of trailers for other Lionsgate releases.
Boring, boring, boring. Oh, does this section need to be longer? Okay, the movie is also sort of boring. There's a lot of rich material for a story here, what with the white man helping runaway slaves angle, but it's all pissed away in favor of cliched spooky ghosts flitting across the screen and the tired stubborn mother/knowing child vehicle. You probably didn't need my review to tell you this, but: avoid.