In the grand tradition of horror movies relvolving around scary houses, the suburban home occupied by Sara Campbell (Madsen) and her cancer-stricken son (Veronica Mars’ Gallner) looks perfectly charming by day. But at night, its nooks become shadows from which a secret emerges: The building was once a mortuary, and its former occupants haven’t all left yet. Madsen barely emotes during the ensuing flood of hokey scare tactics, but The Haunting in Connecticut is smart enough to put much of its weight on Gallner, a lively presence with a terrifically sour mug that makes him look like a mutual cousin of Willem Dafoe and Peter Lorre. C-
Genre: Horror, Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Amanda Crew, Kyle Gallner; Director: Peter Cornwell; Author: Tim Metcalfe, Adam Simon; Release Date Wide: 06/19/2009; Runtime (in minutes): 92; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Lions Gate Films
Posted March 25 2009 — 12:00 AM EDT
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