Thursday, 26 June 2014

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

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia
IMDB rate: 5,2
Genre: Ghost

I think it's been a month already since when I last watched this movie. I was a bit busy with school and the time I had spare I never really wanted to write a review about this movie...
I never really was a fan of the first Haunting in Connecticut, although I liked it a bit better compared to this movie. The first half of this movie wasn't too bad, but things suddenly got slow and boring and I started disliking it.

The first thing that's wrong with this movie is it's title, The Haunting in CONNECTICUT, Ghosts of GEORGIA. That are two different states! Just call it The Haunting in Georgia, or just Ghosts of Georgia or something. It wouldn't really matter since the story isn't very relevant to the first movie. Besides the fact that the happenings are happening because of things that happened in the past.

Starting with the acting, it wasn't too great, but not bad either. Abigail Spencer plays Lisa Wyrick, a mother who has the ability to see ghosts but takes medicine to avoid seeing them. She is one of the main characters in the movie and while her acting isn't bad, it's not very convincing. She cares about her daughter but is also very ignorant when her daughter is seeing invisible people (aka, ghosts just like herself).
Lisa's sister Joyce, played by Katee Sackhoff, also has the ability to see ghosts. She's a bit of a comedic relief to the movie, the reactions of Andy Wyrick about her are quite funny and it gives a good twist to the movie. Joyce doesn't mind seeing ghosts and treats it like it's a gift, but she doesn't seem to see them that often actually.

Chad Michael Murray plays Lisa's husband Andy Wyrick. He's quite a decent actor but I don't really like him in a 'family situation' kind of role. He still seems very young (even though he's almost 33 years old) and he would be more suitable for a younger role I think, for example his role in House of Wax.
The main character of this movie is Heidi, the daughter of Lisa and Andy. She's played by Emily Alyn Lind. I know that she's a young actress but I wasn't very crazy about her. The looks on her face were very annoying actually, even when she's happily riding her bike she's looking concerned (and this was before she saw a ghost). Her acting wasn't bad and for most of the movie she was quite well, but the look on her face was just very annoying.

The script wasn't too good. First of all, Heidi's name is called a thousand times in this movie. I never was very crazy about the name 'Heidi' but after this movie you'll easily start disliking it. The fathers job to take care of his daughter isn't being done very well. When stuff is happening he's asking her to stay put while he goes investigating. It's soon very clear that she of course will wander off. Also, when she goes missing he drives maniacally around to search her. This while she can wander on the road or walk from the forest to the street in those few seconds.
What bothered me most was the ending. It was so incredibly boring while those last things happened. It was too slow and too over exaggerated. It was just like that scene in Mirrors where the mirror collapses a thousand times.

The movie immediately shows a lot of ghosts already in the beginning of the movie, while it has it's good sides that things aren't postponed until the very end of the movie, it also has it's bad sides. Because we already witnessed so many ghosts it wasn't scary or surprising anymore. We already saw most of it and it was just waiting for another ghost to show up. It was a bit too much in my opinion.

The acting was quite decent in this movie, the special effects were OK as well. The story was interesting in the beginning but became boring after a while. It definitely doesn't live up to the first Haunting in Connecticut.

My personal rate: 5/10

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