Friday, March 27, 2009

The Haunting in CT--I See Photos of Dead People

The Haunting in CT is a decent, campy horror film.  The template is Amityville Horror (with some Monster House) and bits of The Exorcist, The Sixth Sense, The Others, Firestarter, The Shining, and so on.  The most interesting thing about the film is the way it camps out Catholicism so that the sick boy (with cancer) merges with a badly burned dead boy who are then successively literally resurrected (back to life).  First, the wounded cancer boy comes back to life, his wounded body now healed, while the other (dead) boy returns as a ghost, but his burned body restored to its pre-burned state, before he disappears. The father is a drunk (on and off and back on the wagon) while the Mom is good, a Virgin Mary type.  All in all, a good laugh.  Many teens in the audience screamed when I saw it, and two said things about having done things that required them to go to the bathroom.

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