Blu-ray Review: THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT 2: GHOSTS OF GEORGIA
The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, which despite what it’s awkward title implies, is a pretty enjoyable horror movie that gives you exactly what you want.
The film, based on a true story (aren’t they all?) follows the Wyrick family as they move to a new home on the wilds of Georgia. Mama Wyrick (Abigail Spencer) sees dead people and it’s a gift passed down to her young daughter (Emily Alyn Lind). Meanwhile daddy Wyrick (Chad Michael Murray) just wants some peace and quiet. This isn’t helped when Mama Wyrick’s freeloading sister (Katee Sackoff) makes an appearance and moves into the trailer next door. Things take a turn for the worse when the house’s former owner appears to give baby Wyrick some advice – despite the fact that he’s been dead for almost 20 years. Along the way there’s a slew of ghostly slaves, a crazed taxidermist and enough to jump-scares to short-out your pacemaker.
It should be noted that The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia has nothing in common with 2009’s The Haunting in Connecticut – this is a brand new story with its own elements. It’s a good looking movie, with solid cinematography. Director Tom Elkins is a former editor and he knows how to pace his movie, keeping enough scares to keep a keen audience on the edge of their seat. Elkin’s film is your standard haunted house in the woods movie, but at least he attempts to add an interesting twist in the last act. The cast hold their own and nobody shames themselves with a duff performance. People rarely watch these films for the quality of the acting, but it’s always nice when the acting is quite decent.
The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia isn’t going to be a genre classic or anything, but it will give horror fans the scares they want – and that’s no bad thing.
The most interesting extra on this Blu-ray is a 10 minute documentary with the real Wyrick family who discuss their real-life paranormal experiences. Spoiler Alert: it’s nowhere near as crazy or exciting as the movie. They appear to believe their tale, but it all sounds like a load of old hogwash though it’s a decent enough concept to hang a movie on. The disc also comes with almost 20 minutes of deleted or extended scenes. These offer few revelations, although it’s interesting that the alternate opening was used as several flashbacks throughout the movie.