The Haunting in Connecticut

(2009)

Based on a chilling true story, Lionsgate's "The Haunting in Connecticut" charts one family's terrifying, real-life encounter with the dark forces of the supernatural. When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history: not only was the house a transformed funeral parlor where inconceivable acts occurred, but the owner's clairvoyant son Jonah served as a demonic messenger, providing a gateway for spiritual entities to crossover.

Now unspeakable terror awaits, when Jonah, the boy who communicated with the powerful dark forces of the supernatural, returns to unleash a new kind of horror on the innocent and unsuspecting family.

‘The Haunting in Connecticut’ to Become a Film Trilogy

It seems that we will be seeing more hauntings at the box office, and not just in Connecticut. According to Bloody-Disgusting, Gold Circle Films are developing two sequels to the horror film The Haunting in Connecticut.

The second film will be entitled Haunting in New York, which will be based off a 2006 episode of A Haunting entitled A Haunting: The Diabolical. The site released a synopsis that you can read below:Marie's daughter suffers from a mental condition that keeps her from speaking. During the three years they've lived in their home, Marie has witnessed her communicating with someone she could not see. Marie was unworried, having decided it was positive angels. But upon his first visit, Marie's boyfriend, Chris, feels a dark presence in the house. Using a Ouija board, the two unintentionally open up the home to a diabolical that is using Julie as a portal. A team of paranormal investigators soon decide the case is more serious than they can handle and arrange with the Church for an exorcism.

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The incredible comedic chemistry shared between Zac Efron and Thomas Lennon was strong enough to push 17 Again to the top of the box office charts this weekend. The hilarious family comedy took in an estimated $24 million, giving it the twelfth biggest opening of 2009. This week's other big release, State of Play, followed in on its heels with just over $14 million. The Russell Crowe/Ben Affleck thriller was certainly an audience favorite, though critics have been split down the middle.

This week's only other major release was the Lionsgate sequel Crank High Voltage. Chev Chelios returned to the big screen, but audiences didn't seem to care, as the high-octane adventure ride landed in sixth place with just $6.5 million to its name. The original opened in 2006 to the tune of $10.4 million. While the film has been greeted by critical success, it is the type of franchise that will flourish on the home market. So if you were one of the few that saw it this weekend, don't rule out a third chapter. It could still happen.

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Racing into second place this Easter weekend was Universal's fourth chapter in the popular Vin Diesel/Paul Walker car racing series Fast & Furious. It nabbed another solid $28.7 million, making it the fastest film to zoom past the hundred million dollar mark this year. In just two weeks of release, it has already made more than $118 million. We're more than guaranteed a fifth installment at this point.

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The fourth installment in the popular drag racing series Fast & Furious raged out of the gate with an incredible $72.5 million opening, becoming not only the number one movie of the weekend, but also the top opening film of 2009. It bested last weekend's Monsters Vs. Aliens awesome opening take by over $10 million. Not bad for a bunch of has-beens searching for past glory. Audiences came out in droves to see the original cast do it once again in a proper sequel. And the buzz has been deafening. It's a hit!

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Monsters Vs. Aliens fought it out at the box office this weekend, destroying everything else in its wake. The DreamWorks animated comedy took in an estimated $58.2 million, not only making it the number one film, but also the top grossing weekend earner of the year. DreamWorks first foray into 3D animation certainly paid off. And we might just be looking at their next big CGI franchise.

Opening in second place was Peter Cornwell's scary The Haunting in Connecticut, which took in a surprising $23 million. No one expected this ghostly tale to perform so well, which only prove that cheap thrills never go out of style. Speaking of which, Nicolas Cage's doomsday epic Knowing got knocked into third place in its second week of release. Taking in another $14.7 million, the film has earned an estimated cumulative gross of $46.2 million.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Peter Cornwell Pulls the Skin Off ‘The Haunting in Connecticut’!

The horror director talks about his very scary feature length debut.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: ‘The Haunting in Connecticut’ TV Spot!

Take a look at a new spot based on the chilling true story.

New ‘The Haunting in Connecticut’ Motion Poster Arrives

Take a look at a high-tech new poster for this upcoming horror film.