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Peter Cornwell’s ‘The Haunting in Connecticut’
Is Cornwell's new movie an effective horror-thriller?

“There's no rest for the dead—or the living,” said Scott Foundas in The Village Voice, in Peter Cornwell’s “laughably hokey haunted-house hand-wringer” The Haunting in Connecticut (watch the trailer). This movie “is about as scary as a shower that suddenly changes temperature when someone flushes the toilet.”

The Haunting in Connecticut “is a relatively effective scary movie despite its overall formulaic nature," said Jim Vejvoda in IGN.com. And Cornwell cranks up the tension while “maintaining a consistent level of chills for the duration of the movie”—too bad it “ultimately buckles under the weight of its effects-heavy finale.”

Actually, said Scott Weinberg in Fear Net, The Haunting in Connecticut “benefits from a confident directorial touch.” The movie “does a fine job of setting up its mood, its jolts, and its (surprisingly effective) back story.” And Cornwell “deserves credit for approaching his ghost story with no trace of snark or irony.”

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