A Haunting in Connecticut 2 : Ghosts of Georgia Review

 

Director : Tom Elkins

Starring : Chad Michael Murray, Abigail Spencer, Emily Alyn Lind, Katee Sackhoff

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Geographically absurd title aside, The Haunting in Connecticut 2 : Ghosts of Georgia already has the fact that it is a direct to DVD sequel (though Lionsgate did give it a very limited theatrical release in certain states)  working against it. Director Tom Elkins seems to be painfully aware of this fact, so aware that it is stated at the beginning of the film that it is ; ‘based on the true story’ , not based on a true story but THE true story as though the inspiration behind this sequel is actually a well known event that still remains within the public consciousness.  A quick Google search reveals that the story deals with the childhood of a now renowned psychic Heidi Wyrick (I’d never heard of her either).

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The film follows married couple Lisa and Andy Wyrick who move with their young daughter Heidi to a sprawling old house in Georgia and begin to experience spooky goings on at their new home. It quickly becomes clear that the Wyrick family are no stranger to the paranormal, as Lisa Wyrick appears to be medicating herself so as to escape ghostly visions. When her daughter begins to talk of an old man named Mr Gordy whom only she can see, Lisa becomes concerned that her supernatural abilities have been passed on to her daughter.

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Throughout the film certain scenes are dated ; telling us exactly what day and month it is (we are initially told that the film is set within the summer of 1993) At first this creates an ominous and expectant tone, suggesting that something frightening (or least something) is going to happen, unfortunately by about the fourth time this device is used, it grates because little happens within these dated scenes to make them stand out .  One of the greatest downfalls of ‘Ghosts of Georgia’ is that it doesn’t utilise it’s Southern setting. In other horror films such as The Gift and The Skelton Key the suffocating cloying humidity of the south becomes a villain in it’s self. In ‘Ghosts of Georgia’ the oppressive heat of the films setting is not addressed or utilised. Another great issue that the film suffers from is assuming that its audience have the brain power of a Nat, when during it’s rather creaky denouncement it repeatedly shows flashbacks to earlier scenes in the film when important information was discovered. If that information had been given subtly to begin with(it wasn’t) this may not have been so irritating but by the fifth or sixth flash back to an earlier scene it becomes maddening.

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Overall The Haunting in Connecticut 2 : Ghosts of Georgia isn’t completely dire, it provides a few fun scares, does manage to weave in something of a ghost story and Emily Alyn Lind puts in an impressive performance as the frightened, haunted child Heidi .But when your film is being carried by a ten year old, you know something really isn’t right.

2 out of 5

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