Tom Elkins returns to the director’s chair for this lacklustre companion piece to his 2009 supernatural horror, which chronicled the true story of one family’s brush with malevolent forces.
The Haunting In Connecticut 2 also relies on spooky documented fact, relating the ghoulish goings-on in a station master’s house in Pine Mountain, Georgia, as seen through the eyes of two women and a little girl, who are cursed with the ability to see ghosts.
David Coggeshall’s script trades in hoary cliches.
When the winsome child stares at her ramshackle home and asks, “Who lived here before?” and her mother cheerfully replies, “Nobody honey. That’s why the bank gave us such a good deal,” the stench of impending doom is overpowering. Banks offer good deals when properties conceal dark, dangerous secrets.
When the same laughably naive parent ignores her daughter’s tearful pleas to move house, we count down the tedious minutes before demonic spectres hold the girl hostage and mommie dearest reluctantly ventures to the dark side to reunite her fractured clan.
Mild scares, which take the form of shadowy figures moving unseen behind protagonists, are repetitive and unlikely to jolt audiences out of a soporific stupor.