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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

[5.25/10] The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)

Brief review: Claiming it's based on a true story, which somewhat hard to believe, "The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia" is some sort of sequel to "The Haunting in Connecticut" from 2009, or more like a sister film, to be exact, as it has nothing to do with the original story-wise or otherwise. Let's face it, the first movie was cheesy, yet entertaining, and the case with this one is pretty much the same. Unlike the original though, this one doesn't spend any time in building suspense properly, as it starts off straight away with the cheap scares, and the stupid ghost visions. The whole "I see things" premise is so familiar, it hurts, and the plot is basically 'been there, done that', at least the first half of it - there's nothing particularly exciting about it, let alone scary. Thankfully though, this sequel proves to have some tricks up its sleeve, as the second half is stronger, much more thrilling, and at times even frightening, mainly due to the appearance of The Station Master, who looks pretty creepy, indeed. Visually, "Ghosts of Georgia" looks much more polished than your average straight-to-DVD/VOD affair. The cinematography is rich in color and tone, and the camera work is decently diverse. The movie also delivers acting-wise, thanks to some very credible performances. Abigail Spencer and Morgana Shaw both do a solid job as the two sisters, the adorable Emily Alyn Lind is mostly fantastic as the little ghost whisperer, Heidi, and the hunky Chad Michael Murray is the only weak link.

Overall summary: It doesn't look bad at all, and the performances are adequate to say the least, but "The Haunting in Connecticut 2:Ghosts of Georgia" is every bit as generic and unoriginal as its silly title suggests, plus, in spite of a thrilling final act, it fails to avoid the cliches.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Proof that some movies just don't deserve a sequel.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Alex, this one is hardly a sequel, but other than that, yeah.. you're right.

FilmMattic said...

There are two reasons I will never see this movie and your review posits them spectacularly: Silly Title.

Great work!

Unknown said...

Connecticut? Georgia? They are in two different parts of the country and have nothing to do with one another. Stupid movie title. LOL

The first was based on an episode of the Discovery Channel's A Haunting series. The episode was much better than the film. And now they've got this? Seriously WTF.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Matty, the title is extremely off-putting, indeed, but the movie itself is not that terrible, actually. It's just mediocre. LOL.

Thanks, I appreciate it.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Hon, I know, right?

What the heck Connecticut has to do with Georgia? Absolutely nothing!:)

They used the title of the first film just to grab some attention I think.

As for the original.. well, I thought it was pretty watchable, actually. :)

HorrO said...

I haven't seen it yet, and was surprised they made it. I hate that it was straight to DVD and on demand. Lowers my expectations even more. Great review!

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

HorrO, yeah... straight to VOD is never a good sign, but in this case, this fact doesn't hurt the movie. It's pretty passable, actually.

Thanks, I hope you enjoy the movie as well.