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With: Abigail Spencer, Emily Alyn Lind, Chad Michael Murray, Grant James, Katee Sackhoff, Cicely Tyson
Written by: David Coggeshall
Directed by: Tom Elkins
MPAA Rating: R for some disturbing horror content
Running Time: 100
Date: 02/01/2013

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)

1 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Disquieted States

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The first problem here is that The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia is desperately, obviously trying to create a franchise of "true" ghost stories, even if this one has absolutely nothing to do with the original The Haunting in Connecticut, nor with Connecticut in general. But the main problem is that first-time director Tom Elkins -- an editor on the original film -- does not present the ghosts in any interesting or unique way.

In 1993, the Wyrick family -- mom Lisa (Abigail Spencer), dad Andy (Chad Michael Murray), a four year-old girl, Heidi (Emily Alyn Lind), and Lisa's sister Joyce (Katee Sackhoff) -- moves from Atlanta, Georgia to the rural Pine Mountain area. They discover that the house and land they've bought was once owned by the Gordy family, who operated an "underground railroad" and helped rescue escaped slaves. The women in the Wyrick family were born with "the veil," and are able to see ghosts. Unfortunately, strange things begin to happen, and these visions go into overdrive. Can the Wyrick family find out what strange events happened on their property before the ghosts get really angry?

Despite the allusions to historical, slavery days in American history, Elkins reverts to twitchy, black-and-white footage and jump cuts to depict the scary stuff that happens here. It never seems relevant or seems to fit in any way. Almost all of his spooky stuff has been done to death in many other films. On the plus side, he creates some sympathetic human characters, and deals with issues like taking prescription pills to handle mental anguish. He also avoids too much blood, gore, and death, focusing mainly on primal, nightmarish scares, even if they're all dreadfully cliché.

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