First off, let’s just get something out of the way. “The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia” never had a chance to succeed. With a paradoxical title like that, audiences are given a red flag immediately. If the producers of a movie can’t decide on a better name for a film, then how could they make bigger decisions during production? Just pick a name! Was “Ghosts of Georgia” any more generic than “The Haunting in Connecticut?” The reason I sound so frustrated is because it deserves better.
The Wyrick family moves into a country house in Georgia. Their daughter, Heidi, soon begins telling her parents she talks to a man who warns they’re in danger. Upon investigating, they find out their house is located on land once owned by a stationmaster of the Underground Railroad. The souls of the slaves are restless and begin haunting the family for unknown reasons.
Director Tom Elkins and writer David Coggeshall put together quite an impressive ghost story with “The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia.” While “based on a true story,” it’s obvious some creative license is utilized to spice things up. However, there are some genuinely frightening moments that will resonate with viewers. Let’s just say Elkins and Coggeshall know our innermost fears and exploits them.
The entire cast of “The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia” put forth their best efforts and embrace their individual characters. You can tell they took the material seriously and ran with it. Chad Michael Murray plays the father of the family. Abigail Spencer takes on the role of the mother. Katee Sackhoff portrays Spencer’s free-spirited sister who comes to live with them. Emily Alyn Lind is perfect in as the little girl Heidi. She embraces the role straight-faced with an air of authentic innocence.
The audio and video high definition transfers for the film are good. The picture is clean and the colors all breathe life into the visual experience. My only problem with how the movie looks are the “dimensional” sequences and the way they’re shot, edited, and colored. They give it a cheap, straight-to-DVD feel that is distracting. The 5.1 surround sound mix provides all the immersive bumps, slams, jarring musical blares, screams, and haunting whispers horror fans have come to expect from these types of films.
Special features for “The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia” will satisfy consumers. Audio commentary is provided by Director Tom Elkins, Writer David Coggeshall, and Co-Producer Brad Kessell. There’s a 10-minute featurette in which we meet the real members of the Wyrick family and hear their experiences firsthand. Deleted scenes with optional commentary, outtakes, and a theatrical trailer are included as well.
“The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia” is a good supernatural tale that should have been released in theaters like its predecessor. There are nice twists to the story, the acting is good, and the scares are genuinely creepy. Maybe it’s selfish, but I was looking forward to seeing the movie on a big screen in a quiet atmosphere where it could have my full attention. Seeing the movie at home will provide genre fans with a satisfying experience, too.
“The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia” is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download.
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