A young family is tormented in, The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia. If you didn’t have your fill of ghosts that inhabits homes and ghosts that have a bad habit for demonically possessing little girls–then you will thoroughly enjoy the sequel to the 2009 tormented story about a family experiencing paranormal events. This time, the story focuses on a family who moves into an old house in the woods that was once a safe house on the Underground Railroad. Yes, the Underground Railroad. Directed by Tom Elkins, who worked as editor on the first “Connecticut Haunting” film (also Wanted (2008) with Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy), and written by David Goggeshall, Ghosts of Georgia is another “based on a true story” film that, unfortunately, depict in many of it’s scenes–awkward scares.
Young Heidi (Emily Alyn Lind) is in constant contact with a spooky spirit by the name of Mr. Gordy (Grant James). She inherited the “gift” for seeing the dead from her disbelieving and disillusioned mother Lisa (Abigail Spencer) who is quite okay with telling her daughter she is just seeing and hearing things that are not there. Heidi, set to spend the rest of her life on medication, and years of therapy, thankfully her aunt Joyce (Katee Sackhoff) visits just in time to tell Heidi and her mother that their “gift” isn’t a curse.
The ghost of Mr. Gordy may or may not be a vengeful spirit–he plainly keeps young Heidi “in the know” on where to find buried coins and an old abandoned taxidermy shop that stored other things besides roadkill. Her father, Andy (Chad Michael Murray) do all he can by keeping his daughter safe–and his wife from losing what’s left of her mind.
There is a mini exorcism that is performed by Pastor Wells (Lance E. Nichols), and the plot twist revealed by two passerby (Cicely Tyson and Brad James) that get this ghost story moving. The film overall is for lack of a better word–terrible. The film produces plenty of predictable scares and tosses out more than a few of ghastly mishandled one-line cliches. Fortunately, the acting solid. The actors did their best with what they were given. The special effects were remarkable. It’s what gave this film the edge the reasonable dialogue needed to make it remotely plausible. Consider The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia the movie equivalent to overpriced candy, soda and popcorn–without butter.
Recommended DVD rental only because you may have already seen the first film.
The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghost of Georgia DVD is loaded with special features including audio commentary with director Tom Elkins and writer David Coggeshall. Deleted scenes with optional commentary with Director Tom Elkins–including bloopers. In addition to the the “true story” of the Wyricks “Seeing Ghosts.” The DVD also comes with an iTunes digital copy and Ultraviolet streaming capabilities.
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