Who else totally forgot there was a Haunting in Connecticut sequel in the works? The 2009 original had all the potential in the world, having roots in the true experience of the Snedekers family from back in the 1980s. However, the film version took the particularly creepy environment and visuals and bogged them down with run-of-the-mill genre scares. Still, the film managed to accumulate a worldwide total of $77.5 million and apparently that was enough to warrant a second go-around.
IGN debuted The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia’s very first poster accompanied by the film’s official synopsis:
A young family is tormented by the horrors of the past in The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, a chilling new film based on a true story from the producers of The Haunting in Connecticut.
Building on the terror of A Haunting in Connecticut, this horrifying tale traces a young family’s nightmarish descent into a centuries-old Southern hell. When Andy Wyrick (Chad Michael Murray, House of Wax) moves his wife Lisa (Abigail Spencer, TV’s Mad Men) and daughter Heidi to an historic home in Georgia, they quickly discover they are not the house’s only inhabitants. Joined by Lisa’s free-spirited sister, Joyce (Katee Sackhoff, TV’s Battlestar Galactica), the family soon comes face-to-face with a bone-chilling mystery born of a deranged desire…a haunting secret rising from underground and threatening to bring down anyone in its path.
Nothing too original, but also nothing too terrible. If you’re looking at the synopsis and the synopsis alone, the only thing that might suggest The Haunting in Connecticut 2 is hopeless is former heartthrob turned lame TV movie star, Chad Michael Murray. The guy’s a decent actor, but he isn’t in Tree Hill anymore, and seeing his name at the top of this roster quite likely designates the film as a straight-to-DVD candidate.
Similarly, the poster isn’t all that bad, but do you remember that horrifying motion poster for the first film? As unappealing as the full feature is, it’s tough to forget the impression that image made, so the fact that this rendering isn’t all that creepy, let alone original, really sinks the sequel even further.
Ready for the ultimate proof The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia will be as ridiculous as that title? Yahoo! Movies just unveiled the film’s trailer (video up top) and, yet again, it looks like the filmmakers have taken a truly creepy and rather intriguing backstory and spoiled it with the typical use-and-abuse horror tactics. We’ve got more than enough ghost stories about homes with violent pasts, but the Wyricks moving into one with a creepy history stemming from the horrors of the time of slavery is a rather fresh idea. Well, that is if the concept is handled delicately. This trailer, on the other hand, suggests director Tom Elkins did a clunky job, slopping together the disturbing scenario with silly attempts to scare via ghosts that don’t even pop up out of nowhere for a decent jump scare, rather ones that just stand there – or sit on a swing.
Still not convinced The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia is worth skipping? Sure enough, the film is only seeing a limited release on February 1, 2013 while simultaneously coming to VOD platforms. However, with a third film already in the works, The Haunting in New York (via Variety), it actually does make sense for Golden Circle Films to use the second film to make the descent into turning the series into a straight-to-DVD staple. And who could blame them? There’s certainly a market for home video horror.
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