The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia is a 2013 American horror feature film that serves as a sister film to The Haunting in Connecticut by Gold Circle Films. The script was written by David Coggeshall and Tom Elkins served as director. The movie stars Abigail Spencer, Chad Michael Murray and Katee Sackhoff.
The plot focuses on a newly moved Georgia couple and their daughter, who begins to see “strangers” that are visible only to her. The couple is then drawn into a mystery regarding the true origins of the scary phenomenon…
It is likely that the film is based around the real-life Heidi Wyrick who, as a child, claims to have been continually visited, over the course of four years, by two spirits, Mr James S. Gordy and Mr Lon “Con” Batchelor after moving to a new property in Ellerslie.
It is also claimed she encountered other, less benevolent spirits during this period. However, it seems that the film is only loosely based on the Wyrick story as there does not seem to be any supporting evidence for the “Station Master” plot contained in the film.
Gold Circle announced plans for the third instalment of the series, The Haunting in New York, and confirmed Sean Hood as a screenwriter for the project.
There is much to admire in The Haunting in Connecticut 2, at least during the first half. The ghostly scenes are handled with a subtle creepiness that is often effective, and the film is surprisingly strong on atmosphere. It’s central characters seem more rounded and believable than in many films of this type, and there are some decent performances, not least from young Lind, who is one of the less annoying children you’ll find in such movies.
Had the film ended with the discovery of the bodies in the cellar (and this feels so much like a conclusion that I had to check the running time), this would’ve been a pretty impressive ghost story.
Unfortunately, the final act lurches rather too clumsily into horror excess, with iffy CGI effects, a marauding monster and a lot of genre clichés. It’s not so much that this is bad, per se, just something you’ve seen way too many times already. The mood of the first hour is sacrificed on the altar of audience expectations, and it’s a shame.
David Flint, MOVIES and MANIA
“Basically The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia is a good time killer and perfect for a rainy day inside. Personally, I hope this franchise continues as there are lots of creepy tales to tell. Just please, filmmakers, if you do another… leave off the eye-rolling and choke-worthy dollop of cheese.” Dread Central
“Aside from a pair of pretty and talented actresses, a few effective jolts near the ending, and an admirably bizarre sequence involving an ethereal needle and thread, this is more a granny’s horror flick than anything else.” FEARnet