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A full three and a half years ago, in the summer of 2009, there were plans for a sequel to the haunted house film The Haunting in Connecticut. Entitled The Haunting in Georgia, it was to shoot in the summer of 2010, and there was even talk of a third entry in the series, The Haunting in New York. But a funny thing happened on the way to the multiplex: nothing. Filming didn't actually occur until 2011, and since then, Georgia apparently hasn't been on many people's minds, because there's been no word on its release. Until now.
The movie formerly known as The Haunting in Georgia is now called The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (ugh), and it will receive a LIMITED release (ugh!) simultaneous with availability on demand (hello, kiss of death) on February 1, 2013. This essentially direct-to-video approach is surprising, given the first film's box office success, but it seems clear that Lionsgate has no confidence in Georgia (even changing the title to make sure viewers know its lineage).
Honestly, though, the new trailer looks pretty effective to me -- although I'm not sure if it really looks good or if it just looks good for a direct-to-video effort. Either way, it appears to at least have solid production value (reportedly a $9 million budget) and a good, recognizable cast that includes Chad Michael Murray (House of Wax), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Abigail Spencer (Cowboys & Aliens) and the legendary Cicely Tyson.