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About The Production
The history of the United States is teeming with ghosts. Tales of haunted houses and legends of the malevolent dead may be found particularly among the records of New England and the Tri-State area. In Connecticut, entire villages have disappeared as a result of hauntings. In the northwest region of the state, residents of Dudleytown were driven insane en masse after an entire generation of spirit attacks destroyed their hopes.

In 1987, a particularly nightmarish haunting occurred in Connecticut town of Southington to a family that had just moved in to a long empty house on Meriden Avenue.

Soon after settling in, the family discovered a small graveyard in back, an embalming chamber in the basement, and drawers full of eerie corpse photographs: their new house had previously been a Funeral Home dating back to the 1920s.

Almost immediately, the family began to experience paranormal activity – strange sounds, changes in temperature, the appearance of mysterious figures which were so intense and frequent it nearly destroyed them. All the while, they remained unaware that their experiences comprised one of the most extreme and convincing cases of supernatural activity ever recorded.

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The making of THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT began in 2003, when producer Andrew Trapani viewed a televised documentary about the unimaginable horrors withstood by Carmen Reed and her family. Trapani sat riveted, and once it was over, set out to find Reed so he could speak with her firsthand. After hearing her account, Trapani and producer Paul Brooks were stunned. Her story was unprecedented and demanded to be told. Remarked Brooks, "The fact that all these paranormal attacks occurred in a span of months to different members of that family is incredible.”

Director Peter Cornwell also found this particular story very compelling. "It only makes the things that happen to them more terrifying,” says Cornwell, "when you can genuinely relate to them as real people and not just characters in a film.”

For writers Adam Simon and Tim Metcalfe, THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT was the perfect opportunity to put their life-long fascination with the supernatural to good use. Explains Metcalfe, "Our mutual interest in the occult as represented in literature, film and history really helped shape the story.” Avid students of Victorian horror and the Spiritualist movement, the writing partners skillfully wove their knowledge of the era into the script's backstory, which features instances of horrific mutilation, séances and the macabre.

Following the release of his award-winning animated short film, "Ward 13,” director Peter Cornwell attracted considerable attention among Hollywood producers. "Peter's short film was genuinely scary and it had so much soul,” recalls Brooks. "I thought he had a genuinely original point of view. And he agreed that HAUNTING should be rooted in reality and essentially faithful to the family's story.”

Coincidentally, Cornwell himself was eager to explore live-action filmmaking on a feature-length scale. "In animation, you really have to see the scenes very clearly in your head before you can shoot them,” explains the director. "In live action, you collaborate with the actors, who have their own ideas. It is great collaborating and creating with the involvement of other people in the scene.” 

Oscar®-nominated actress Virginia Madsen, who earned cult status among horror fans for her compelling performance in Bernard Rose's CANDYMAN, had been looking for a script in the horror genre for about three years. But the twenty-five or more screenplays she had read mostly resorted to cheap scare tactics involving torture and excessive gore. "Then I got this script with a great story and a complex female character in Sara Campbell…and it scared me to death,” she says. Like Carmen Reed, Campbell is a stron


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