Allen Fraser
Adam Markovitz
March 25, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Haunting in Connecticut

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
92 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/19/09
performer
Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Amanda Crew, Kyle Gallner
director
Peter Cornwell
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Tim Metcalfe, Adam Simon
genre
Horror, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C-

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-

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