08th Mar2014

‘The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Chad Michael Murray, Abigail Spencer, Emily Alyn Lind, Katee Sackhoff | Written by David Coggeshall | Directed by Tom Elkins


Andy Wyrick (Murray) and his wife, Lisa (Spencer) are over the moon when they find what seems to be the ideal location to bring up their young daughter Heidi (Lind) – an old house situated deep in the woods of rural Georgia that used to be a staging post for escaping slaves on the underground railway. But soon after the move, as Heidi begins to witness a number of disturbing supernatural events, the ghostly spirits of the house’s past return to unleash terror on the present owners.

OK, let’s get this out of the way first. Beyond being a story about supernatural events The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia has NOTHING to do with it’s predecessor. This film features all new characters, an all new family and an all new location. Yes, this film – as the subtitle suggests – isn’t even set in Connecticut! I’m guessing some executive somewhere decided that audiences weren’t smart enough to realise that films just called “The Haunting in [insert location here]” would form part of a franchise.

The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia sees the original films editor Tom Elkins take directorial reigns for a tale that, whilst based on a true story, takes considerable creative leaps in just what did and did not occur – mainly to ramp up the tension and the scares. And, honestly, Elkins and his writer David Coggeshall put together a pretty good ghost story, certainly good to please fans of the first film. Of course it’s not really anything we haven’t already seen in the myriad of haunted house flicks that have come before but it’s a decent “scary movie” nonetheless.

Special features on this release include a 10-minute “Seeing Ghosts” featurette which talks to real members of the Wyrick family, deleted scenes with optional commentary, outtakes, and the trailer.

The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia is out now on DVD and Blu-ray from Lionsgate.


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