Can I just begin by saying that the title of this movie really bothers me? A Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia… A Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia..
That title has bothered me ever since I saw previews for this movie hitting theaters. Why include Connecticut in the title if the movie doesn’t have anything to do with Connecticut? Honestly, I don’t even understand why they listed it as a sequel to A Haunting in Connecticut. They don’t really have any commonalities except for the effect they use to indicate that a character is seeing something supernatural.
I guess they share the plot of ghosts trying to tell you something, and the fact that it’s not what it seems, but come on! What movie doesn’t do some form of that? That doesn’t make everything a sequel.
Ghosts of Georgia shares no common characters, settings, or spirits from A Haunting in Connecticut. Set in 1993, Ghosts of Georgia follows a family where the women (Lisa, Heidi, and Joyce) happen to be able to communicate with the dead. Lisa has been trying to subdue her gift with medication for many years, much to no avail. Joyce, Lisa’s sister, shares the gift and embraces it. Heidi, Lisa’s daughter, is just starting to develop the gift as well.
One of the main conflicts within the movie is that Lisa doesn’t see her gift as a gift. She sees it as a disease. When her daughter starts showing signs of sharing the same “disease,” Lisa attempts to persuade her that everything is just in her head (because that’s the most loving and motherly thing for her to do…). Lisa’s story arc eventually comes down to her being able to accept her gift, listen and believe her daughter, and let the spirits in.
Of course, I never fully gave a description of the plot. In Ghosts of Georgia, this family moves to a new home where they later discover that the land is the site of a famous underground railroad station. There is an alter in the woods on their property for visitors to come by and pay their respects to those who escaped, those who helped them escape, and those who were unable to make it.
Within hours of moving in, Heidi begins to start giving signs of seeing spirits on the premises. As the movie progresses, we find out more about these spirits, and we find out that the history of this location is not exactly what people have come to believe.
Since the majority of the characters in this movie are able to see and receive messages from the dead, there is a lot of otherworldly effect used. This essentially means that there is one of two filters thrown on periodically to remind the viewer that the ghosts aren’t actually there. It happens a lot. I mean a lot. I would say at least a third of the film has those filters on it. It does start to get old after a while, but it wasn’t a big concern for me.
The bigger problem for me was the story. It really dragged at some parts. Some things felt unnecessary. Some things didn’t make sense. For example, there’s this one part where a character is essentially being sewed up from the inside, but he or she still survives? I was happy that the character was still alive, but disappointed in the fact that I felt lied to. If the evil character was such a danger to this family, then why was this character okay?
Other than that, the movie has a lot of really good jump scares. There were a couple of times where I got pretty freaked out, but in the jump scare way where I’m preparing myself for something to happen so much that my anxiety gets the better of me, and I jump as soon as the music goes. There really aren’t any scares that linger with you after they’re over.
Overall, Ghosts of Georgia is alright. It’s not one of those movies where I’ll be recommending it to people left and right. If it weren’t connected to A Haunting in Connecticut, then I doubt it would be as known as it is. I’m not sure what the statistics are for box office/DVD sales and such to compare.
A Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia is available for streaming on Netflix.