I’ve yet to review a movie similar to this one, so here it is for those fans of true horror films featuring ghosts and eerie plots. The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, is a 2013 horror movie based on true events experienced by a real family (supposedly, unless you’re like me and don’t buy into it). But I am just telling you what it says in the opening credits, and then goes so far as to show pictures of the “real” family in the end. I won’t go on a rant about it, but the fact that they connect it to a “real” event just gets under my skin a little.
What’s it about? To get away from the city, the Wyrick family moves to an older home in the woods that they were able to get a good deal on. As with many older homes and properties, this one had quite the story, dating back to the 1800’s, serving as an underground railroad to help slaves escape. This ends up being about the worst place for Lisa Wyrick (Abigail Spencer) to have moved, because she (and her her direct family) have an ability to see visions of the dead. Lisa takes medication to limit the effects, but still struggles with her “condition”. She soon discovers that her daughter, Heidi Wyrick (Emily Alyn Lind) is starting to see some of the same things. As Heidi tries to tell her mother of the things she has seen and even warn of dangers to come, Lisa refuses to pay attention, trying to convince Heidi to ignore what she sees.
Movie Evaluation: I can usually develop a list of so many flaws with movies such as this one. However I find my jaw “dropped” at how impressed I was with the movies plot, structure, illusions, twists, cast, and all that’s in between. I was most impressed with how well the movie shed light on the “child to parent” relationship, in the manner that parents don’t always listen to their kids. Sure, they can make up some weird shit, which deters their credibility for being bearers of any relative news. And this movie captures that so well and we can understand young Heidi’s frustration as she continuously tries to get her parents to not only listen, but believe what she is saying.
Pros: Firstly, the plot is more than interesting. I love the history that goes with the movie, because underground railroads did exist, and we get to see a little bit of that process. With this particular movie, we learn that even though it was intended for helping slaves, there probably were many that didn’t. This movie takes a different perspective on the underground railroad with a twist that had my attention in it’s entirety. Secondly, the cast was phenomenal! I am really not sure when the last time was, that I found myself so pleased with a particular cast. And Emily Alyn Lind, who plays young Heidi, absolutely nailed her part! Her facial expressions (as shown above) and proficient acting made this movie, if you ask me.
Cons: Once again, we have a movie that stretched reality (more than a bit) too far. Now I love that the relationships in this movie seem so real, but seriously, how much evidence did Heidi need to have stacked up for her parents to believe her? She proved time and time again to them that what she saw was real, and posed a real threat to the family. But, we see instead the same old movie stupidity, where the family finally listens and makes a move when it’s already too late. How many times do we have to see this before someone decides to do something different?
My rating: 95% (my highest rated film so far, if I am correct) for blowing me away in all the right ways. If the movie had been a little scarier, and hadn’t been stupid about what I just expressed in the Con’s listing, then I would have had no problem rating this movie at a 100% level, ignoring the “based on true events” portion.
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