The Haunting In Connecticut (2009)
Some Things Cannot be Explained
The Haunting In Connecticut (2009) - A family is forced to relocate near a clinic where their teenage son was
being treated for cancer. The family begins experiencing violent,
supernatural events that the parents first blame on stress from the
illness, but they later discover that their new home is a former
mortuary with a dark past.
The Haunting in Connecticut is a 2009 American psychological horror film produced by Gold Circle Films and directed by Peter Cornwell.
It is supposedly based on the true story of Carmen Reed and her family, as portrayed by author Ray Garton in the book In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting (1992).
The film's story follows the fictional Campbells as they move into a house (a former mortuary) to mitigate the strains of travel on their cancer-stricken son, Matthew.
The family soon becomes haunted by violent and traumatic events from supernatural forces occupying the house.
The Haunting in Connecticut was a moderately successful film at the box office, grossing $76,501,870, but received "generally unfavorable reviews" according to Metacritic. Gold Circle Films has announced the production of two more entries in the franchise, The Haunting in Georgia and The Haunting in New York but noted that neither film would be a direct sequel to "Haunting in Connecticut" and will instead be self-contained films with unique characters.
Promotional material for the film claimed that it is based on the "true story" of paranormal activities experienced by the family of Carmen Reed in the 1980s. The Reeds moved into a house in Southington, Connecticut in order to live closer to UConn, where Carmen's son was being treated for cancer.
The family would later claim that it was plagued by some manner of demonic presence. Mortuary equipment was discovered in the basement, and it was later found that the house had been a funeral home. Carmen Snedeker described the demons: "One of the demons was very thin, with very high cheekbones, barely any hair and pitch black eyes with little round glasses.
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Another had chin-length black hair and blue eyes, wore a pinstriped tuxedo, and his master was constantly moving his hand in an up and down motion.
Also the one with glasses had a very big smile that on each side touched his eyes, and he was very short." The house was examined by Ed and Lorraine Warren.
According to a write-up on the case in 2009 by NBC, the morticians that worked in the mortuary were allegedly involved in necrophilia with the corpses, and the room where the two youngest children stayed was previously the show room for caskets; down the hall was where bodies were prepared for viewing.
Lorraine Warren would later state that, "In the master bedroom, there was a trap door where the coffins were brought up, and during the night, you would hear that chain hoist, as if a coffin were being brought up. But when Ed went to check he found two women down there dancing around in circles and singing; when he walked towards them, they disappeared.
In response to film, Lorraine would later say the actual case was "much, much scarier than any movie could ever be," and that the film was very, very loosely based" on their investigation of the house.
Lorraine Warren has told the Associated Press that the house was cleared of any presence after an exorcism conducted in 1988. The story was also covered in an episode of the A Haunting TV series, called "A Haunting in Connecticut".