THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, Review – Editing Room Scares for Kids.


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Directed by Peter Cornwell, 2009
Written by Adam Simon & Tim Metcalfe


I could recommend THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT to any 13 year old boy or girl.  I stress that I could make such a recommendation, but I don’t know any 13 year olds and even if I did, I’m not sure I’d want to recommend it to them.  There is so much more to enjoy in the world, so much more to get thrills from.  I don’t want to complain that THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT sucks because I’ve seen all of this stuff before.  Though that is a true statement, it wouldn’t be fair and it is too obvious.  Yes, I’ve seen it all, but this PG-13 Hollywood fare is not made for me nor is it marketed to me.  Yet because I’m the kind of horror guy who eventually ends up seeing everything, in an ancillary way, it was made for me.

That being the roundabout case, THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT sucks.  I’ve seen this all before, you’ve seen it all before.  Shrug.  I guess it had to be said.  This is just another in a string of “Based on a True Story so Long as You Don’t Know how to use Wikipedia” films, which is probably my least respected horror niche right behind torture porn.  I’m not sure anything in horror annoys me more than cavalier use of the “Based on a True Story” market bait, so HIC was, to be honest, running a fixed race to begin with.  I’m not going to apologize for that though.  It’s not my fault I’ve got a brain.

July 2009 Horror DVD and Blu-ray Guide.


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Last Week in Horror: March 15th to the 22nd


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Theatrical Trailers and Clips

Studio News and Attachments

  • SAW VI – Shawnee Smith is in the latest installment?  Why the hell not?
  • LOST BOYS 3 – Why the hell not?
  • DAYBREAKERS – Lionsgate bumps the vampire flick down the line to the newly claimed horror month of January.  Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Dr. Allen Grant still have me interested, though.
  • DANTE’S INFERNO – Dan Harris has picked up the screen writing slack on an adaptation of the yet-unpublished game adaption of the titular piece of classic lit.

Remakes

Indie, Foreign and Random News

  • GHOSTBUSTERS – Alyssa Milano is taking over the Weaver filled female lead in the upcoming GHOSTBUSTERS game.
  • FREDDY VS JASON VS ASH – This is really the preview image for FvJvA?  I coulda Photoshopped this bologna.
  • Pascal Laugier – The MARYTRS director talks potential projects on his slate(s), which reach past the HELLRAISER remake and include a CUJO-esque script as well as a LOVECRAFT infused property.
  • CLEAVAGEFIELD – I promise you that, unless I cancel the channel, I will bring you a review of Cinemax’ CLEAVAGEFIELD after it debuts on April 1st.

Non-theatrical Trailers and Clips

  • THIRST – The teaser trailer for Chan-Wook Park’s vampire film.  Looks great.
  • THE LANDLORD – I actually was offered an early look at THE LANDLORD this week.  Should I take it?
  • GOBSTOPPER – Christopher Lloyd does Willy Wonka killing teenagers?
  • THE CHILDREN – I know that this was viewed recently in Austin, but I’ve yet to see what the general consensus was.
  • EVIL THINGS – Trailer.

PSA: Free Screenings of THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT


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Tipster Ryan pointed me towards a website listing a bunch of free screenings around the US on March 25th for Lionsgate’s upcoming THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT (Will Goss’ lukewarm review).  The nearest to me are in Baltidome and DC, two areas I strive to avoid, but hopefully some of you will find closer locales.

Main Site ][  List of Theaters

Good hunting.

Last Week in Horror News: January 25 to February 1st


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For those keeping tabs, I’m back home.  Don’t expect my rantings about Asian movies to end, though.

Theatrical Trailers and Clips

Studio News and Attachments

Remakes

Indie, Foreign and Random News

Non-Theatrical Trailers and Clips

  • NAK -Thai Ghosts for kids looks fun as hell



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