Horror movie The Haunting in Connecticut 2 offers a sense of trepidation rather than a torrent of scares. The usual haunted house traits are present, but the film does little beyond this.
A young family move into a historic home in Georgia. As they uncover the history of the area, they begin to realist that they are not alone…
The Hauthing in Connecticut 2 has nothing to do with its predecessor. It is not even set in Connecticut. Instead, the film follows the familiar haunted house pattern, based on an apparently true story. Rather than a direct sequel, The Haunting in Connecticut 2 tells a completely new story.
The film starts off fine, with the sixth sense of protagonist Lisa being revealed early on. The film has a bit of a lull in terms of momentum as the family learn more about their property, but this substituted with a sense of eeriness as the past is uncovered.
The most effective element of The Haunting in Connecticut 2 is the character of Heidi. Although young children frequently feature in supernatural films, Heidi is interesting as she is curious rather than frightened of the strange occurrences. There are a number of moments in the film which indicate a wisdom beyond her years.
The film makes the most of the supernatural gift of Lisa and others, exploiting the disjoint in attitude between the family members to create the circumstances of the finale. Unfortunately director Tom Elkins unleashes a familiar bag of tricks in the finale, which is not particularly memorable. In the lead up to this, the characters’ actions are typically inane.
Performances in the film are perfectly suitable. Emily Alyn Lind delivers a good performance as Heidi. Special effects appear a little hokey, but the setting works well.
The Haunting in Connecticut 2 bridges the subject of slavery without really knowing what to do with it. A rather run of the mill horror, and unmemorable like its predecessor.
The Haunting in Connecticut 2 is out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday 3rd March 2014.