Release Date
February 1, 2013
Director
Tom Elkins
Screenplay
Dave Coggeshall
Distributed By
LionsGate Entertainment
Budget
$1.5 million
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Rated R for some disturbing horror content
100 minutes

The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts Of Georgia

Having seen a slate from the production of this film, it was originally titled, “The Haunting in Georgia”, but for some reason, it became a sequel to the 2009 horror film, “The Haunting In Connecticut”, even though a) it has absolutely no connection to the original besides touting a based on a true story precursor like the previous film and b) THE FILM IS IN GEORGIA, NOT CONNECTICUT. What a contradictory and completely laughable title for the film right off the bat.

Non-film ranting aside, “Ghosts of Georgia” feels like a straight-to-DVD release, with average to bad graphics and some of the worst acting even in horror film standards. We’re presented a family that is moving to Georgia. The mom, played by Abigail Spencer, may or may not have lived in this lonely little cabin as a little girl (they never really cover that topic very well). This house used to be owned by a stationmaster for the Underground Railroad and we learn this story from a preacher and strangers stopping by throughout the film. We also learn about it from the ghost sitings that Lisa (Spencer), her sister Joyce (Katee Sackhoff), and Lisa’s little girl, Heidi, all share. The fact that everyone is in on these sightings takes away the scare factor. The ghosts are mainly just there to point and walk past the camera fast and nothing more.

Even when more and more of the plot is revealed, as shocking as it ends up being, means very little with the lack of pacing through the film. With that, the film drags on during the first hour with no real occurrence and the same gags repeated over and over again. The most memorable scene is when Joyce is strung from her mouth by wires, but the entire film hardly feels worth it just for that two minute scene. As trivial as it may seem, had the film simply stuck with the title “The Haunting In Georgia” and tried to be its own, serious film, it would have made the film more bearable, but since it is obviously trying to be something its not and fails greatly while doing so, I am inclined to dislike the film that much more.

 

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