First a note about “reviews” from me. I give my general impressions of the movie. I’m not going to go into much detail about acting, effects, etc.
My night at the movies started with frustration, bordering on anger at the people in front of me in line and was pushed further by some of the others in the theater around me. I think I will save the details for another post later. I was afraid that this would make it impossible for me to enjoy the movie, but I was proven wrong.
A Haunting in Connecticut is not a great movie. I’m not sure it was even a very good movie. It was, however, better than many horror movies I have seen recently. Most of the actors did a good job with their characters. In fact, the only bad acting in the movie was done by the two youngest actors and I think that was a product of the writer not knowing how to write younger kids. They both acted like they were five even though the oldest of the two had to pushing 12. This was a distraction in every scene they were in. The standouts in the movie were Kyle Gallner as Matt and Elias Koteas as Reverend Propescu. They were the ones who had the bulk of the “haunting” scenes and excelled in them. Gallner was particularly good at playing the sick, vulnerable teen. I do have to admit, though, that I was distracted by the fact that he looked like the Robert Pattinson would look if he bothered to bathe regularly.
The movie was the best kind of ghost story. We saw flashes of the ghosts for the most part and didn’t see the full effect until the climax of the story. There was no attempt to scare with the gore factor or with a constant barrage of spooky images. A scare is much better when the anticipation builds. As a whole, A Haunting in Connecticut was a satisfying horror movie experience.