I guess what I'm getting at here is that no, The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia -- I'll never get used to writing out that whole thing -- really isn't very good.
If your family is blessed/cursed with the ability to pierce through the veil and see the spirits of the dead, a tragedy-laden stop on the Underground Railroad might not be the greatest place to play house. ...but, hey, the realtor didn't get into all that when Andy (Chad Michael Murray) was negotiating. Heidi (Emily Alyn Lind) keeps going on and on about a kindly old man named Mr. Gordy who no one else can see. An imaginary friend, right? Precious! It's just that everything he tells the young girl comes to pass, from an old swing that used to be hanging up there all the way to a cache of valuable coins buried in the garden. Aunt Joyce (Katee Sackhoff) encourages Heidi to explore these ancestral gifts; her mom Lisa (Abigail Spencer), meanwhile, follows in her own mother's footsteps and chemically suppresses them, teetering on the brink of insanity as a result. Is Mr. Gordy a figment of Heidi's imagination or is he a phantom that's crossed over into the realm of the living? Is he the benificent spirit this wide-eyed young girl believes him to be or something far more sinister? What other secrets are buried in the grounds of this historic home? What with The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia being a paranormal thriller and all, you probably don't need me to tell you that shit goes south. Wait, why wasn't that the tagline?
The most frustrating thing about The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia is that on so many levels, it's actually put together pretty well. I mean, Yaron Levy's cinematography looks fantastic, and I stopped a couple of times to marvel at how strikingly composed the camerawork can be. Even though the movie was shot a couple states over from Georgia, some of the exteriors are still wonderfully atmospheric and unmistakeably Southern. Everyone in the cast generally holds their own, and that's always a good thing. Because Ghosts of Georgia opts for mood, atmosphere, and tragedy over cranked-up-to-eleven supernatural scares, the effects work plays nicely with the film's limited budget. Apart from having the most ridiculous title this side of The Last Exorcism II, there's
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Despite being saddled with a fairly lackluster bitrate, The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia doesn't suffer for it. Clumsily stylized flashbacks and SpiritVision™ aside, this Blu-ray disc looks terrific all around: sharp, richly detailed, and surprisingly colorful. No real complaints.
Single layer disc. AVC encode. 2.39:1.
This 24-bit, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack hits all the right marks. The surrounds reinforce the movie's atmospheric approach to horror, with strange, skittering sounds in the woods and haunting whispers approaching from behind. There are also some impressively smooth pans across the front and rear channels. The stings in the score, meanwhile, are reinforced with every bit as much bass as you'd expect. The level of distinctness and clarity offered here far outclass anything DVD could ever hope to deliver. The movie's dialogue is generally reproduced well, although some of the Southern-fried line readings early on are mumbled to the point of barely being discernable. The mix deliberately isn't as aggressive as most fright flicks, but the fidelity and sharp sound design earn all kinds of stars in the sidebar over there.
No dubs or alternate mixes. Subtitles are offered in English (traditional and SDH) and Spanish.
An UltraViolet digital copy code is also tucked inside.
The Final Word
The bland, forgettable The Haunting in Connecticut scores an even blander, more forgettable sequel-in-name-only. Skip It.