Haunting Is Nothing New

Decent scare flick says it's based on a true story
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 27, 2009 10:23 AM CDT

(Newser) – Based on a supposedly-true story, The Haunting in Connecticut is nothing groundbreaking—but it’s good for a few screams, critics say. A few takes:

  • “A technically proficient horror movie and well acted. We have here no stock characters,” Roger Ebert observes in the Chicago Sun-Times. But “I don't believe a shred of this movie is true.”

  • “Gives you the creeps, the giggles, and the groans in almost equal measure,” writes Jeannette Catsoulis in the New York Times.
  • “The movie bumps along from low-grade scare to scare, and it's not lousy,” says Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune.
  • “A tepid PG-13 iteration of the already lame 1979 genre classic The Amityville Horror,” notes Tirdad Derakhshani in the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Good performances and an eerie atmosphere can't save the flick: I'd wait for the DVD.”