The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia – CBF Review
Maybe I’m not really a fan of the genre, and my whole film fan identity is a lie?
Or maybe this is just a mediocre sequel to a mediocrity-straddling (apart from the radiant Virginia Madsen) original?
It’s the latter. I’m sure.
The plot has no connection to the original, and is instead based on a different haunting, which isn’t in Connecticut. A family of 3 (mum, dad, young daughter) move to some backwoods property. They are later joined by the mum’s sister (a post-Battlestar Galactica Katee Sackhoff). The little girl, Heidi, sees a ghost (something the women in her family can do), which eventually leads her to see more ghosts. They learn that the property was an Underground Railroad station, and the owner of the time helped slaves get to freedom. But twist, turns out that old owner was actually secretly murdering them for his taxidermy-ing pleasure. The family is ultimately attacked by the angry Station Master’s spirit, but manage to put him to bed with the help of the more benevolent ghosts.
I hate this movie because it’s paced badly (nothing happens until about an hour in, and the carnage is entirely absent); the twist was coming a mile away, and our characters were bloody blind to it for ages; and Katee Sackhoff’s character doesn’t do anything.
But it’s not all bad because Chad Michael Murray (the dad) looks the hottest I think he’s ever looked; the story, while obviously leading to a twist, is satisfyingly constructed (and not totally shallow); and Heidi is played by Child Amanda/Emily from Revenge.
Verdict: 2 out of 5 stars.
I would be loathe to call it “bad,” but I’d never call it “good.”