The Haunting in Connecticut
In this supernatural thriller, the Campbell family's move to Connecticut takes a dark turn when a series of shocking paranormal events reveals that their new home is a former mortuary with a sordid past.
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- Peter Cornwell
- DVD and Blu-ray
PG-13Some intense sequences of terror and disturbing images.
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 7.1 HD, English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary; audio commentary; making-of featurette; behind-the-scenes featurette; cast and crew interviews; deleted scenes; trailer.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this is a review of the movie shown in theaters and not the Unrated Special Edition, which is sure to have scarier, raw content. This "based on a true story" horror film, while milder than movies like Saw, is still too scary and disturbing for kids. It's full of mutilated bodies, bloody scenes, supernatural violence, and medical and autopsy imagery. There are also fairly serious discussions of the challenges facing a teen fighting cancer. One character is a recovering alcoholic who starts drinking again and ends up driving drunk. But the language doesn't get much stronger than "hell" and "oh my God," and sex and product placement aren't an issue.
- Sexual Content
- A woman is in the shower, but nothing sensitive is shown.
- Plenty of violence and gore, with extensive depiction of blood, scars, cuts, wounds, and mass graves filled with emaciated, mutilated corpses. Ghosts take the form of mutilated corpses. Close-ups of medical instruments and procedures undertaken in the name of dark magic/sorcery/paranormal experimentation. Supernatural violence as restless spirits shove, push, and batter victims.
- Fairly mild, including "Jesus" as an expletive, "good Lord," "oh my God," and "hell."
- Social Behavior
- No strong/obvious positive messages. The question "Why do bad things hapen to good people?" is asked. Characters also talk about how "the Lord works in mysterious ways" and frankly discuss how alcohol and alcoholism affect a marriage and a family.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Characters drink hard liquor. A recovering alcoholic starts drinking again, driving drunk and frightening his family; he later apologizes, atones, and tries to make amends.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it